The History of the Telephone - Infographic
It's amazing to see how far phone technology has come in the last 400 years. (That's right, 400 years!) Did you know the first conceptual phone was created in 1667? The other technology that preceded the concept of the telephone as we know it today was the telegraph. The first telegram ever sent in the United States was on January 11, 1838. I bet you also didn't realize that the first conceptual answering machine arrived in 1898!
If you think the nineteenth century saw a lot of progress, see how quickly telephone technology progressed in the twentieth century. As more and more Americans moved out of cities and into the suburbs in the beginning of the twentieth century, aided by Henry Ford's Model T, they needed a way to stay connected with friends, family and neighbors. By 1915 the first coast-to-coast long distance phone call was completed, helping to unify the West and East Coasts, and the country in general, just in time for World War I.
As technology evolved through the years, telephones became more user-friendly. Remember having to spin the rotary dial seven times in order to place a local call? What happened when you mis-dialed - you had to start all over again! In today's hectic world, that would be too slow for all of us busy people. Luckily, the 1960s brought us the arrival of the push button phone. The 1970s saw the arrival of the first Caller ID machine, and in the 1980s phones became more suited to busy, mobile people - both inside and outside our homes. The 1990s were all about the rise of the cell phone. Make sure you check out the very first "smart" phone that was introduced in 1993 by IBM.
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, telephone technology was centered around computers and the Internet. Broadview Networks' hosted VoIP business phone system, OfficeSuite Phone, was first launched in 2005. That was followed two years later by a revolutionary breakthrough in smartphones: Apple's first iPhone was introduced in 2007. Once 2008 rolled around, both businesses and consumers started migrating away from traditional land line phones. Most businesses and residences are solely reliant on some form of mobile or cloud-based phone today. Think about it, how many people do you know that still have a home phone?
The question is, what's next? Stay tuned for our upcoming infographic on Phones of the Future - 2020 and beyond!