Welcome to Speak English Now Podcast. With your host Georgiana. The podcast that will help you to speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.
Hi, everybody! I'm Georgiana, your online English teacher, and founder of speakenglishpodcast.com
My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.
I have a question for you. What was your first cell phone? I got my first cell phone in 1996, and it was a Motorola. I can’t remember the exact model, but it was very different from what we can find in stores nowadays. And yeah - with this type of cell phone, one could only make phone calls and send text messages. Now I have a smartphone, and I don’t make any phone calls anymore. Like everybody else, I tend to use WhatsApp, Telegram, Messages, FaceTime, or Skype.
I must have mentioned before that I love technology. Actually, without it, you could not listen to this podcast because I wouldn’t be able to record it :)
Ok, so let’s talk about cell phones and how people used to communicate before they were invented.
The smartphone couldn’t exist without the landline telephone. And do you know when it was developed?
Yes. A long time ago, in 1876. And the idea of the landline telephone was inspired by the telegraph.
We all know that telephones came before cell phones, but have you ever heard of car phones?
Yes! The original car phone weighed about 80 pounds, and this piece of technology was created in 1947.
Back then there was a limited number of people who used this car phone and there were 5 to 10-year waiting lists.
The car phone was a great invention, but luckily for us in 1973, Motorola created the DynaTAC 8000X - the first handheld cell phone.
It cost $4000, which would be $10000 today. However, the cell phone wasn’t available on the market until 1983.
Many of us complain that our smartphones run out of battery too soon. Do you how long the battery of the first cell phone would last?
Only 35 minutes!!!
And that’s not all. This cell phone would take 10 hours to charge!!! Can you imagine that?
I guess now you’re feeling grateful for having a smartphone. :)
As you can see, there is an incredible difference between the first cell phone and the ones available on the market nowadays.
So, the first cell phone was expensive, it weighed a lot, and the battery didn’t last much. That’s not something that can be sold to everybody. Therefore, very few people used a cell phone, and they were not for sale. They were leased.
And I’m not going to mention all cell phones invented in the last 40 years. Instead, I’m going to mention the first smartphone. Do you know when it was invented?
In 1992. And I’m not talking about an Apple cell phone. The first smartphone was the IBM SIMON. This phone was considered the first smartphone, the first touchscreen phone, and the first phone to have software apps.
It cost around $1100, which would be $1800 today. Not all affordable! So I guess the only businessman carried this smartphone.
Now I’ll mention some cell phones that were extremely popular in early 2000.
In 2002 Nokia 1100 became the best-selling cell phone of all time.
One of the most wanted cell phones in 2004 was Motorola Razr V3. I loved this cell phone, and I regret I didn’t buy it at the time. The funny thing is that yesterday I found it for sale on Amazon. It’s cheaper than it was in the past, but it can’t beat my current smartphone.
You probably know this already but in 2007 something amazing happened. Something that would forever change cell phones, the computer industry, and technology. Yes. I’m taking the original iPhone that was a complete success — selling more than 6 million units.
The original iPhone was the first cell phone without any physical keyboard.
This led to great controversy, and I’ll tell you all about with a mini-story.
Do you know when the first Samsung Galaxy phone was released? Only ten years ago in 2009.
For many, the phone feature has become the least used feature.
However, in the future phones could make another drastic change.
What do you think?
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