When Motorola introduced the first portable cellular phone in 1983 – a 16 ounce “DynaTAC” costing $3500 – no one could have ever imagined the role these devices would come to play in our lives. Not only have they surpassed their landline counterparts, they have also replaced a lot of other devices that have nothing to do with the original phone function – to speak with others. We can now use our mobile devices to email, access web content, keep track of our schedules, play music, take pictures, make videos, send text messages, keep track of addresses, read books, play games, perform calculations, record voices, watch TV shows, tell time, wake us up, and help us navigate. With the right app, we can even determine if a surface is level or not.
Today, the term “mobile phone” is a misnomer. It’s more like a critical lifeline we can’t live without — a highly personal, indispensable tool that we depend on to manage our increasingly complex, fast paced lives. As the world becomes more mobile, the most effective way to reach out and touch someone is via the device that very few leave home without.