At liGo, we’re shamelessly geeky about phones. Mobile phones, landline phones, accessories…we love them all. Why? The phone has revolutionised the way we communicate today – especially now that we can jump between our mobile and the internet at the touch of a button. And the technology just keeps on getting better (take a look at our recent guide to the best Skype phones on the market for just one example of this).
So we like to celebrate our business, and we like to share our enthusiasm with you. Today we’re in a playful mood – so just for fun here are 10 mobile phone facts to amuse you. Some are serious, some quirky – but all illustrate the rise of the mobile phone and how it’s transformed our modern living.
1. Mobile phone facts: The first mobile
The first mobile phone call was made on the 3rd April 1973 by Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive. The prototype used weighed just over a kilo and measured almost 23cm long by 13cm deep by, 5 inches deep by 4.4cm wide. It had a talk time of just 30 minutes and recharging the model took a hefty 10 hours.
2. Mobile phone facts: The 160 character rule
Ever wondered where the average SMS length of 160 characters comes from? In 1985 Friedhelm Hillebrand, a communications researcher, sat down and typed a whole load of random sentences. He discovered that almost all naturally constructed sentences come in at under 160 characters, defining the widely accepted parameter today.
3. Mobile phone facts: Where do we use our phones?
Research has shown that just over a fifth of adults and a nearly half of teenagers answer their mobiles on the bathroom and even on the loo! 3 (All the more reason to consider installing liGo Bluewave!)
4. Mobile phone facts: We love our mobiles more than our money
The average person takes more than a day to report a lost or stolen wallet. Whereas most of us will take just 68 minutes to report a lost or stolen phone.
5. Mobile phone facts: We’re scared of losing our mobiles
The fear of losing your mobile is now a recognised phenomenon and it’s on the increase. It’s referred to as nomophobia – although the term hasn’t made it into the English dictionary quite yet...
6. Mobile phone facts: Diamonds are forever...
The most expensive mobile in the world is the Stuart Hughes iPhone 4 Diamond Rose. Only two exist in the world. It’s covered in more than 550 diamonds, backed in rose gold and finished with a single cut 7.4 carat diamond on the home button.
7. Mobile phone facts: Radiation risks
Up to 60% of mobile radiation is absorbed by the user’s head. 7 Worried about mobile radiation? Check out our article with tips on how to avoid the risk.
8. Mobile phone facts:The most common possession we own
Of the 6.8 billion people inhabiting planet Earth a staggering 5.1 billion own a mobile phone. But only 4.2 billion of us own a toothbrush.
9. Mobile Phone Facts: We’ve been expecting you Mr Bond...
The first mobile phone call ever made by Agent 007 was on a Sony Ericsson JB988. Naturally the phone was packed full of fictional gadgets – including a high voltage security system, remote control for Bond’s BMW, and fingerprint scanner.
10. Mobile Phone Facts: A man’s best friend?
An amazing 91% of all U.S. citizens say that they keep their mobile by their side 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.