The World Communicator --- A complete history on the Cellular Phone and an inside look on the technology involved

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Over a billion people worldwide use cell phones. They've globally become extremely popular. That's no surprise, as they are simply amazing gadgets. With a cell phone, you can talk to anyone on the planet from just about anywhere! Cell phones now provide a huge number of functions, and new ones are constantly being added. Depending on the cell-phone model, you can: Store contact information, Make to-do lists, keep track of appointments and meetings, take and send digital pictures, send or receive e-mail, Get news and entertainment information from the Internet, play games, and even watch TV broadcasts. Other devices such as PDAs and MP3 players are now being built into some phones. So many features and so much technology built into a small device. They are one of the most complex electronics on the market today. I'm sure a lot of already know a lot can be done with the cell phone and that they have a lot to offer, but have you ever wondered how a cell phone works? How the cell phone came to be? Who invented it?

The history of the cell phone can be traced back to Martin Cooper.

He is known by many as the father of the cellular phone. He was hired by Motorola to lead their cellular research. During the sixties and early seventies, many companies (mainly Motorola and AT&T's Bell Laboratories) were in a race to incorporate cellular technology into portable devices. Motorola, led by Martin Cooper, was the first company to make use of cellular technology. By 1973, they had set up a base cell station in New York and had completed the first working prototype of a cellular telephone, the Motorola Dyna-Tac. On April 3, 1973, at a public demonstration, Martin Cooper became the first person to make a mobile...