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Cell Towers

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Explore the past of cellular technology, and take a peek into its future.

Today approximately 63% of people in the world own cell phones. For many across the globe they are the primary device used to call and message others. But those of us around 30 years of age or older recall a time when all phones were landlines, connected to the walls of our kitchens and bedrooms, and messaging did not even exist. When and how did this transformation in communication take place, and how do mobile devices send and receive messages wirelessly?

Unsightly Towers

The first call from a mobile phone was made in 1973, traveling through low-powered towers. Nearly 20 years later in 1992 the first text message (merry christmas) was sent through a much more developed cellular infrastructure. As cell phone technology improved and both messaging and calling from cellular phones has become increasingly popular, cell phone towers have sprung up across the globe. Without a cell tower to convert the radio waves sent by the phone into electromagnetic waves, our messages and calls would never be received.

 

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