History of the Telephone | I Didn’t Know That

The telephone offers a more personal touch, real-time two-way communication.

Richard Ambrose explores the history of the telephone. The technology that founded the telephone system consisted of a string and cup. It has radically evolved through fiber optic and computer technology.

Antonio Meucci, 1854, constructed telephone-like devices. Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the first U.S. patent for the invention of the telephone in 1876. Elisha Gray, 1876, designed a telephone using a water microphone in Highland Park, Illinois. Tivadar Puskás proposed the telephone switchboard exchange in 1876.

Businesses began to use telephones to connect offices with each other and to build a stronger network of customers. The telephone revolutionized the way that people communicated with each other. Many businesses benefited from the advancements in communication.

The telephone made an incredible impact on society. The impact could be seen through the quickness of communication, in business, easier communication in wars, and some negative effects too. Although the telephone became a necessity of daily life, it was at first neglected by the public. The telephone is inexpensive, is simple to operate, and offers its users an immediate, personal type of communication that cannot be obtained through any other medium.

The history of the cell phone is complex with many players involved. From AT&T’s Bell Labs first Mobile Telephone Service to Motorola’s license to sell the first-ever commercial cell phone, many companies took part in this decades’ long endeavor to create what we now call mobile phones.

Individuals today would probably struggle to imagine life without a mobile phone. Individuals today would probably struggle to imagine life without a mobile phone. The absurdity of sending a letter and not receiving a reply for a week would send many young people into a disbelieving and terrified moment of hysteria.

Rummage around in your garage. You’ll likely find remnants of gadgets past–a typewriter, analog TV, LPs, film cameras and brick-sized mobile phones. These products served us well. See more in Season 14, Episode 36, “Retro Tech.”

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