20 years of GSM digital mobile phones
How far the cellphone has come since the Nokia 1011
By Caleb Cox
9 November 2012
Twenty years ago today, on 9 November 1992, Nokia launched the
world's first commercially available GSM digital mobile phone - the
Nokia 1011 - strengthening consumer interest in the world of mobile
connectivity. The candybar device - which weighed a whopping 475g and
could sustain a conversation for no more than 90 minutes - also
introduced text messaging, viewable on the handset's two-line display.
Those that rushed off to buy one were blissfully unaware of how much
their handsets would evolve over the next two decades. The notion
that a phone could become the central hub of their lives would have
been considered outlandish. Here then are of the of the most
significant milestones reached in the digital mobile era.
10 years ago