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Did you know.....

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:46 am

..... that today is the 40th anniversary of the very first mobile phone call.

It took place in New York, on a Motorola, which weighed 2lbs, and had a battery life of 20 minutes.

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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:45 am

Well you learn something new every day. I take it this wasn't a car phone? :)
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Catch-up » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:04 pm

Were there car phones before there were mobile phones? It kind of rings a bell. Sorry, that wasn't on purpose! :oops:
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:08 pm

According to Wiki, since the 1940s. :)
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:11 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Well you learn something new every day. I take it this wasn't a car phone? :)


No. It was the first portable personal phone.

I think car phones have been in existence for yonks. Have vague memories of 50s b&w movies with cops having car phones.
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:16 pm

Something I learned yesterday and related to this, is that while we in Britain talk about "ringing" someone, or giving someone a "ring", in the US don't use that phrase at all. They talking about "calling" or giving a "call".

Sharlene found herself saying (on Skype) "ring me later" and then commented that I was turning her into a Brit. :lol:
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:17 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:
Tonyblack wrote:Well you learn something new every day. I take it this wasn't a car phone? :)


No. It was the first portable personal phone.

I think car phones have been in existence for yonks. Have vague memories of 50s b&w movies with cops having car phones.

Yes, that Wiki I posted gives the details of that Motorola call, 40 years ago. :)
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Catch-up » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:19 pm

Never realized there were phones in cars that long ago! I guess I always thought of the ones in police cars as more like CBs or radios.
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby raisindot » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:15 pm

The original mobile phones (car or otherwise) transmitted on standard VHF and UHF radio frequencies. If you have a radio that could tune these frequencies (like police radios) you could hear all sorts of fun stuff going on. Cell phones were the same way until digital phones replaced analog phones and signals were scrambled.
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby The Mad Collector » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:59 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Sharlene found herself saying (on Skype) "ring me later" and then commented that I was turning her into a Brit. :lol:


Quite right to, I even got my ex-wife (who was American) spelling things properly after a while. Colour, theatre etc. :D
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:18 pm

The Mad Collector wrote:
Tonyblack wrote:Sharlene found herself saying (on Skype) "ring me later" and then commented that I was turning her into a Brit. :lol:


Quite right to, I even got my ex-wife (who was American) spelling things properly after a while. Colour, theatre etc. :D

I, on the other hand, keep calling a mobile phone a cellphone. I'm even saying tomayto rather than tomato. :lol:
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Cheery » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:38 pm

Tonyblack wrote:
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Tonyblack wrote:Sharlene found herself saying (on Skype) "ring me later" and then commented that I was turning her into a Brit. :lol:


Quite right to, I even got my ex-wife (who was American) spelling things properly after a while. Colour, theatre etc. :D

I, on the other hand, keep calling a mobile phone a cellphone. I'm even saying tomayto rather than tomato. :lol:


I didn't know for years that calling a mobile phone a "handy" was an exclusively german term. So when I started talking to my cousin about my "handy", she had no idea what I meant. :lol:
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Penfold » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:01 am

I knew what it meant from QI. :lol:

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Re: Did you know.....

Postby janet » Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:56 am

raisindot wrote:The original mobile phones (car or otherwise) transmitted on standard VHF and UHF radio frequencies. If you have a radio that could tune these frequencies (like police radios) you could hear all sorts of fun stuff going on. Cell phones were the same way until digital phones replaced analog phones and signals were scrambled.

I can vouch for that! In the 60s I had one of those Bush radios with the dial on the front (which have been reproduced a lot recently) and my dad, who was a radio genius, put me onto the fact that it could pick up police radio. Trouble was that you never knew where the calls were coming from so I'd have been no good as a look-out with that information :lol:
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Re: Did you know.....

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:31 am

Ooh yes, I used to tune into the police radios as well. :) You often only got one side of the conversation though.
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