On 10th of March, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first speech using electricity. From that day forward, the telephone system changed every aspect of life. Although it did not immediately change the world, it set communication on a path that would change the future of communication. Mobile phones appeared in the early 1980’s and today there are millions in use.
Today, mobile phones do much more than just allow for voice conversation, mobile phones allow access to the Internet, music, email, business applications, pictures and much more.
It’s estimated that 3.3 BILLION phones are in use around the world. Before the invention of the mobile phone people went about their daily lives in a constant state of questioning – even if they didn’t realize they were doing it. When a friend or family member went on holiday they wondered if the trip was made safely. The mobile phone changed all of the questioning. Now parents are calling their kids all the checking where they are, if there ok and what they are doing, to the dis-advantage of the kids of course.
If they weren’t wondering about someone’s whereabouts they were wishing they had remembered to tell them something before they were away from their office or home phone.
Whatever the reason, before the invention of the mobile phone, they would have to wait to see them and then send them back out to take care of the issue. Mobile phones have made keeping in touch across long distances easier than ever before.
For the most part, the cost of calling across long distances is much less expensive using mobile phones than it is using land lines. Many mobile phone plans have free long distance. My granny’s sister moved away with her husband to New Zealand at the age of 20, in them days there was no such thing as a mobile phone and the journeys were deemed as tretturis. The flights lasted over 24 hours and the by the time they would have got to the nearest phone it would have cost them an arm and a leg to even call. Now-a- days my granny is able to ring her sister to find out the Goss and fill her in on the grandchildren. My granny thrives on the news of the new born great niece. The joy on her face when she hears her sister’s voice would melt anyone’s heart Mobile phones have changed access to emergency services as well.
When car accidents occur the one thing you look for first is you’re mobile as it’s the fastest way to get help without leaving the casualty. Mobile phone service has been responsible for saving more lives than has been accounted for. Were someone attempt to put a number on it, it would undoubtedly be in the millions, simply due to being able to contact help no matter where you are located. Doctors can now stay in touch with their answering service at all times, making them more available in the event of emergencies. Mobile phones have become key pieces of equipment in search and rescue operations. The chances are very good that a person who gets lost will have a mobile phone.
The mobile phone can be geographically traced using navigation tools and GPS which is built into most new mobile phones. There have been numerous cases of hikers lost in the woods or up mountains who were only found due them having mobile phones. Technology has brought the office to the mobile phone with the addition of smart phones and email via the telephone. Documents can be sent, reviewed and sent back all while being on the go. The modern telephone system has come a long way. From Alexander Graham Bell to the apple iPhone, communication has evolved dramatically. The evolution of the telephone system has changed the way we socialize, do business, and even live our day-to-day lives and this is why I think that the telephone is the world’s greatest invention.