A wireless phone, also called mobile phone or cell phone, is a portable telephone. The Motorola DynaTAC was the first wireless phone on which a mobile phone call was made. It wasn’t until ten years later – in 1983 – that the first commercially available mobile phone hit the scene. Name? The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x.
Since the first commercial launch of a mobile phone network, mobile phone adoption has grown in leaps and bounds. Even more interesting is how the capabilities of mobile phones have increased exponentially.
The mobile phone has evolved into two main types or branches – feature phones and smartphones. The difference between the two is in the capabilities. Feature phones are more basic phones that often have a small screen and a hardware alphanumeric keypad, while smartphones have advanced capabilities similar to what obtains on PCs.
The Wireless Phone And Convergence
The real beauty of the mobile phone is how it continues to take standalone features of other gadgets and integrates them into a small, handy device. We call it convergence. Starting out as just a device for basic telephony, the cell phone soon added the ability to send and receive basic text messages. SMS (Short Message Service) was born.
Internet access later showed up on cell phones. The first internet capable mobile phones got connected by dialling into the network. This was called CSD (Circuit Switched Data). In layman’s terms, we call this dialup internet. Internet capabilities on mobile phones improved quickly and has gotten faster and faster. The technologies progressed from CSD to GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, WCDMA, HSDPA, and 4G LTE. 5G is already on the way.
But handiness is not the only edge that mobile phones provide. In most cases, this convergence also results in more efficient way of getting things done. For example, the top crop of cameraphones come very close to producing image qualities from some professional cameras.
The average wireless phone today combines at least the following features: telephone, notepad, calendar, alarm, converter, music player, video player, email client, web browser, camera, FM radio, and calculator. More advanced mobile phones have even more. Smartphones in particular allow the user to install a wide variety of software, including image editors, video editors, scanners, banking apps, social media apps, maps, weather apps, and much more.
Screen sizes of smartphones have also gotten bigger and bigger over the years. This has been a necessity to accommodate the more advanced functionality of those kinds of phones.
What Kind Of Wireless Phone Do You Need?
A feature phone? A smartphone? There are various shades and types available. And there are hundreds of brands out there as well. You certainly will have lots of options to pick from. A good place to start is go through specifications sheets of different phones. Those sheets also give you prices, so you know if a phone you are exploring is within your budget.
It is also good practice to read up hands-on mobile phone reviews, as those give you more insight of what to expect from each device in daily use. Lastly, if you have a question, just ask our mobile phone community here on Mobility Arena. Our users love to help out.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.