Celebrating Over 40 Years of Cell Phones

Cell Phone 40th Anniversary

MASON CITY, IA – It seems like anywhere you go, people are constantly on their cell phones.

Clear Lake Resident, Ron Doyle said, “If I go a day without it, I pretty much feel lost. I’m always on it doing something.”

Ron is in this “U.S. Cellular” store buying a new phone. For him, it’s more than just a means of communication.

He said, “Facebook, Internet searches, basic talk and text.”

And for those who love their mobile devices, this is a time to celebrate. It’s been 4 decades since the first call was made.

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U.S. Cellular Field Marketing Manager, Jody Duke said, “It’s hard to believe that technology has been around for 40 years, but has definitely changed over the years.”

Those changes have essentially transformed our world.

Duke said, “People are using applications to make their lives easier to stay in contact, and just enhance that experience with their lives.”

When you think about the first phone call coming from somethings we’ve all come to know as the “brick,” is safe to say technology has come a long way. With todays smartphones, it seems like there’s nothing we can’t do.

Duke said, “With smartphones and tablets it’s opened up the whole world of Internet, applications, video, socializing, and that’s what consumers are using phones for today.”

Not only do our phones look different, but the face of cell phone users has changed drastically as well.

Duke said, “20 years ago, consumers that were buying and using cell phones were generally using them for business purposes and really needing to stay in touch.”

And while some may say society is becoming too attached to mobile devices, most agree it’s all part of an evolving world.

Doyle said, “They’re pretty necessary, but we’ve also become very dependent – maybe overly dependent, but it’s a fact of life and that’s the way it is.”

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