You probably missed a milestone on Thursday. That's because you were driving while talking on your cell phone or maybe texting a loved one. The Hound celebrated with throwing his old Motorola brick phone into the recycling bin. Yes, brave new world warriors, it was the 35th anniversary of the first cellular telephone call.
The use of our cell phones are so ubiquitous that who remembers when cell phones weren't around? The Hound 's boss does. It was 1973 in New York City and it was made from a two-pound brick phone. Ten years later "mobile phones" were selling for $3,500 which included an hour's worth of talk time. This according to U.S. Cellular.
Since then, 243 million Americans have gone wireless. Millions more across the globe. Who knew we had to be in constant contact with each other? Indeed, 12 percent of U.S. households have dropped landlines and use cellular phones as their main telephone. Not exactly a party line, eh?
And what can we determine from this telecommunications revolution? Well, there's more bumper stickers that say "Hang up and drive." The pay phone industry has gone belly up and the next complaints of carpal tunnel syndrome will come from text messengers using their BlackBerrys, which The Hound understands are outstanding information technology tools.
So let's take a moment to salute the wireless telecommunications industry and remember where it will be in the next five years. Everywhere.