History of Mobile Phones - 1983 and Things Get Interesting
The history of mobile phones really starts to get interesting after 1983, when cell phones definitely become more mobile.
1985 sees the introduction of the first shoulder phone (similar to the ones pictured here), although as the batteries for these still weighed in at a pretty hefty 44 lbs (20kg) or more, they were still unsurprisingly mainly used in cars.
With the release of the film Wall Street in 1987, and the iconic image of Michael Douglas with his mobile phone, every Wall Street wannabe, and London yuppie just had to have one, resulting in an amazing surge in popularity.
By 1989, phones became truly mobile, and flip phones like the iconic Motorola MicroTAC became a revolutionary product. Interestingly, although at this point in the history of mobile phones, the phones themselves did not need an external aerial, a fake one was included on the MicroTAC anyway, as research showed consumers expected it.
There became a Global Standard for Mobiles (GSM) in 1991, followed in 1993 by the first all-digital network in the world. Of course the real revolution of mobile phones came about in 1994 when the Short Message Service (SMS) was launched, which enabled short text messages to be sent between mobile phones - where would we be without it!