Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rhymes of History

The cellular phone has been around since the 60s and 70s. When they first came out only business people, military, and those with money were able to afford to have one. I remember as a kid growing up in the 80s watching tv shows and the characters would have car phones. Cell phones became more mainstream as well as smaller in the late 90s it wasn't unsual to go to the mall and see people with a cell phone. Now a days you can't hardly pass someone on the street without them using a cell phone. The price and services provided has come down and now everyone can afford to have one.

The cell phone brings back the sense of staying connected. For decades people have kept in touch with each other using letters and phones. With mainstreaming of cell phones and web enabled phones this has become easier to do.


  1. Hi Shauna,

    It is hard to remember when we were not connected 24/7/365 like we are today because of the cellular phone. I bought my first cell phone in 1992, and amazing enough, I still have the same phone number 18 years later. AirTouch was the original service provider, as they were the first cellular provider here in Northern Nevada and were bought out by Verizon in 1999. It was a Motorola corded handset in a black zippered suitcase. Wow, have things changed!

    Thank you for your post!


  2. Hi Shauna,

    Things have changed. I can't leave home without my cell phone. The cell phone has freed up from staying home waiting on a call and thank goodness they have gotten smaller. My husband's first phone was in the "suitcase". We have come a long way.


  3. Shauna,

    Cell phones have gone through many changes over the years - thankfully! I couldn't imagine having one of the first cell phones ever made.. very cumbersome! Today cell phones do so much more for us other than just communication and I believe that they will be doing a whole lot more in the years to come.


  4. Shauna,

    After reading your blog, I think smoke signals may be one of the earliest forms of cell phone communication. As one of the oldest forms of communication in recorded history, its primary dependence on visual communication and a “repeater” function, serve well as precursors to the cell and smart phone of the twenty first century. Polybius, a Greek historian, devised a system by which used alphabetical smoke signals by converting each letter into numeric characters and having multiple paired-sets of torches to signal a message. As I type this response, I see the LED on my Blackberry flashing indicating the receipt of a message. Today’s smart devices are certainly a Rhyme of History.

    Thank you