10 curious cell phone facts
1. Text Messaging
The Philippines is ranked number one globally in usage of text messages with about 1.4 billion text messages being sent every day. During the late '90s and early 2000s, the country was known as the "text capital of the world". Text messages were free at first, but a charge was imposed once carriers noticed the service's popularity. Currently, sending a text message in the Philippines costs one peso, which is a little over two cents.
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2. 160-character text messages
In 1985, 45-year-old communications researcher Friedhelm Hillebrand defined the length of a standard text message. He typed random sentences on his typewriter and almost all of them were under 160 characters long. From a technical standpoint, the first implementations of SMS could not fit more than 128 characters, but room for 32 more was squeezed through optimization.
source: LA Times
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3. World's first music phone
The Siemens SL45, released in 2001, was the world's first mobile phone with expandable memory and support for MP3 playback. It came with a 32MB (that's megabytes!) MMC card and stereo headphones included in the set. The cell phone could deliver 5 hours of music playback on a single charge.
4. World's toughest phone
The Sonim XP3300 Force is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's toughest phone. It earned its title by surviving after an 84 feet (25 meters) drop on a layer of concrete without suffering any operational damage. In addition, it can be safely submerged in waste water down to two meters. And by the way, it almost blends.
5. World's most expensive phone
The Stuart Hughes iPhone 4 Diamond Rose is the world's most expensive phone. Priced at £5,000,000 (about $7,850,000), its bezel is covered with about 500 diamonds totaling over 100 carats. The back is made out of rose gold, and the Apple logo is formed using 53 diamonds. There is a single cut 7.4 carat ping diamond on top of the home button. Only two of these will be made.
source: Stuart Hughes
6. First photo sent from a phone
The first photo to be publicly-shared using a cell phone was taken on June 11, 1997 by Philippe Kahn (pictured). He shared photos from the maternity ward where his daughter Sophie was born. Philippe Kahn is credited for developing the first camera phone.
Photo courtesy of Philippe Kahn
7. World's best-selling phone
Over 250 million units of the Nokia 1100 and its variants have been sold worldwide since the device's introduction in 2003. The success of this basic phone is mostly due to its reliability and low price. In 2009, a rumor arose claiming that the Nokia 1100 had a software glitch, which could potentially allow fraudulent bank operations to be executed. As a result, prices of second-hand units being sold online skyrocketed to 5-digit numbers.
source: Wikipedia, PC World
8. James Bond's first cell phone
The first cell phone to be ever used by agent 007 was an Ericsson JB988. Of course, making phone calls was not the only thing it could be used for. The handset contained various (fictional) extras, such as a fingerprint scanner, a security system that used high voltage, and a remote control with video for Bond's BMW 750IL.
source: James Bond Wiki
9. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity is the self-diagnosed intolerance of electromagnetic fields produced by electronic devices, including cell phones. People who suffer from it report various symptoms ranging from fatigue and headaches to muscle pain and burning sensations. Due to insufficient research, electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not an accepted medical diagnosis yet, but studies show that "the symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity."
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10. Nokia manufactured paper in 1865
Nokia was founded back in 1865 and manufacturing paper was its primary business. Many years later, it switched to making rubber products, telegraph wires, and other electrical cables. During the middle of the last century, it also supplied the Finnish army with communications equipment, gas masks, plastics, and chemicals. Nokia's first mobile phones were released in the 1980s.
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