Archive for January, 2011

E.T check facebook then phone home

I have just bought a new mobile phone. It’s a flashy little touchscreen one. It can do all kinds of things; check train times, tell me recipes, barcode scanner, tell me football scores, check facebook and twitter and I can now play angry birds!! Oh, it also makes telephone calls, although this almost seems like a minor function.

Whilst preparing for a new exhibition I spotted an old phone. We have quite a few within our stores so I checked the database, rounded them up and quite enjoyed the result.

The development of mobile phones is a contemporary issue. The speed in which the phone has developed and the ability of it has been one of the key aspects of society within the last 15 years.

So how do I send a text message?

This is a very old phone we have in the collection and one which i believe to be pre-1900. The brand is still recognisible to us today and is L.M. Ericsson and Co. Stockholm, Sweden. It does not have any buttons but has a handset similar to more modern phones. Generally this type of phone was very reliable and was imported from Sweden as the British Ericsson Company was not established for another 20 years.

At least I can dial with this phone!

Over time the handsets grew smaller and phones similar to this one came into widespread use. The use of the turning dial became a mainstay of phones for many years.

I still prefer the old Ericsson though!

…and then came the mobile phone. Whilst early mobile phones were the butt of many jokes they soon developed into smaller and more practical units which could send text messages, make phone calls and play games. The Ericsson phone in the above picture is a popular model which was used early in the last decade and shows how far the Ericsson firm has come in manufacturing phones. The very early phones, when well maintained, could be expected to last for a generation, whilst due to the speed of technological advance, modern phones can now become obselete in a matter of years.


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