First cell phone call made in 1973 on this date

tennmiketennmike Senior MemberPosts: 26,190 Senior Member
If it had just stayed a phone we wouldn't have a nation of zombies staring at their phones. :)

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Motorola engineer Martin Cooper stands on a sidewalk in midtown Manhattan and uses a prototype handheld mobile phone to call his team's main competitor in the field, Bell Labs' Joel Engel. The first handheld cell phone is nicknamed 'the brick.'
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    tennmike said:
    If it had just stayed a phone we wouldn't have a nation of zombies staring at their phones. :)

    {Insert rant here}
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,987 Senior Member
    I remember those, they were bid like those radios the grunts used in the 60's
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,778 Senior Member
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,987 Senior Member
    You can turn them off, can't you?
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,323 Senior Member
    I don't carry my cellphone, leave it on the table.  In two or three years, I've had maybe three Robo calls.  It's got a lot of good things going for it, mostly the very good camera for people with no photo talent, like me.  I use that feature, and use Google verbal because it's easier than typing in text.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    edited April 4 #7
    Hmmmmm- - - - -Morse invented the telegraph, then Bell invented the telephone.  Decades later, people too lazy, rude and self-centered to have 2-way conversations send text messages.  How is this called "progress"?  It looks like it's a giant leap backwards in technology. 
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  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,503 Senior Member
    Teach said:
    Hmmmmm- - - - -Morse invented the telegraph, then Bell invented tie telephone.  Decades later, people too lazy, rude and self-centered to have 2-way conversations send text messages.  How is this called "progress"?  It looks like it's a giant leap backwards in technology. 
    Not so much in the tech department, IMO.  More a manners and attention thing, if you ask me.  Folks are so wrapped up in themselves, they have no time to give a crap about anything else. 
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    Texting is great for one-off, fast messages like "I'm running late", or "Buy some milk while you're out." - but beyond that they're clumsy, awkward and slow - and disruptive.
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 2,357 Senior Member
    Does anyone still use a landline? I don't have one anymore.

    You guys can still get a flip phone if your smarty pants phone is a pain.

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  • GilaGila Posts: 1,145 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    Does anyone still use a landline? I don't have one anymore.

    You guys can still get a flip phone if your smarty pants phone is a pain.

    Yes, and that's all I have...
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    Went to a VOIP for awhile for landline, but don't even have that now. Just an industrial strength flip that Wambli recommended. The consumer cellular offering is pretty nice - its easy to configure and use - but isn't particularly heavy duty.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,987 Senior Member
    We have a landline----I use it a lot--------especially talking to robo call agents.
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  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,409 Senior Member
    We still have a landline also.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,987 Senior Member
    Today using a cell phone provides entertainment for many at a time just like the first wall phone we had. People use the speaker and everyone hears the conversation.


    With the 15 party lines we had, everyone would pick up and listen in to your call. too.


    Just do not need that big wooden box on the wall.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,877 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #16
    Teach, I disagree.....I will happily call someone I WANT to talk for for a "spell", usually that isn't the case. I can tell my wife a few things as we easily catch up on each others day, without breaking stride. Like zorba said, it's for quick bursts. "Stopping at the library. Do we need anything at the store?" 

    PLUS I then have a record of what she asked me to pick up at the store. 

    And if I see something nice, I can show her BEFORE i buy it and have to return it. 
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,197 Senior Member
    This thread, like more than a few others, has a high "get off my lawn!" quotient.

    Also a high load of irony regarding tech and communications...
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    Tugar said:
    Like zorba said, it's for quick bursts. "Stopping at the library. Do we need anything at the store?"
    That doesn't constitute a "quick burst" - that's a bit more than I want to send!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,877 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #19
    zorba said:
    Tugar said:
    Like zorba said, it's for quick bursts. "Stopping at the library. Do we need anything at the store?"
    That doesn't constitute a "quick burst" - that's a bit more than I want to send!
    But calling someone takes far longer since I can dictate that on my phone and send it, I don't even have to type it. On your basic phone, that would be 6 minutes. On mine. MAYBE 10 seconds.
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 2,357 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    Does anyone still use a landline? I don't have one anymore.



    I still have a landline. Still hangs on the wall. Lol!
    Got rid of mine in 2010. No one used it, not even me. It turned into a bill I didn't need anymore.

    As for text messages, with the old flip phone I had (Motorola) a rant as long as this took forever. On a good smart phone it takes seconds. I'm doing this purposefully long rant on my phone right now. 😁

    I think text messages are a good way to prevent getting caught up in a conversation you don't really want to have with someone but at the same time don't want to be unnecessarily rude.

    A text keeps you on messages without the conversation going off on a tangent like a lot of voice conversation do.

    I think that's a plus👍
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #21
    No question a flip fone is the worst thing for sending texts - but in addition to that, I don't like real-time computer communications. I never have. I don't like "chat" (didn't like it in 1978, and I don't like it now), I don't use "instant messenger", etc, etc. If its longer than a short sentence or two - OR - its going to take more than 1 message each way, please use email (or message board like this one), call me (but don't leave any damn voice mail if I don't answer), or wait until you see me.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 2,357 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #22
    Agreed, real time chat rooms are just as annoying as real time voice calls. Tried instant message and found it tiresome.

    Especially, if it's someone you don't really want to talk to. :D

    Unless it's absolutely necessary, don't ever set up voicemail.

    And that face to face video chat obsession young people have. I don't get that at all. I understand the technology, not the obsession. If I don't wanna talk to you on the phone, what makes you think I wanna video chat with you.
    :D
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  • GilaGila Posts: 1,145 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    No question a flip fone is the worst thing for sending texts - but in addition to that, I don't like real-time computer communications. I never have. I don't like "chat" (didn't like it in 1978, and I don't like it now), I don't use "instant messenger", etc, etc. If its longer than a short sentence or two - OR - its going to take more than 1 message each way, please use email (or message board like this one), call me (but don't leave any damn voice mail if I don't answer), or wait until you see me.
    I love my voice mail.  Actually it's an answering machine.  Not only do I get notified if someone called while I was out, but if I'm busy doing something when the phone rings, I don't have to jump on it to see if it's important.  It's also great for telemarketers and wrong numbers, because they seldom leave messages, and tend not to call again.  I also use it to screen calls when I'm not in a chatty mood.  I think it is one of the greatest inventions ever...  B)
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,877 Senior Member
    I get video chat, though I don't do it. Loved ones living far away. Video chats is good for that and it's something that the older generation can easily set up and use without tapping a bunch of buttons. 

    My wife did it for the first time with our daughter, but she always maintains "I don't want to put on makeup to talk to someone over the phone.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #25
    Spk said:

    Unless it's absolutely necessary, don't ever set up voicemail.


    This. Times 1x10e+10,000,000,000,000,000!
    Voice mail/answering machines are the worst invention ever. Voice mail is useless, you can't skim it, you can't print it, you can't save it to a text file, you can't do anything useful with it. And I hate how people use it:
    "Hello, this is Judy Jinglehips. Sarah Sparklebutt told me that you might have a veil I could borrow for the spring hafla. I really want a red one, but blue or green might be ok. What fabric do you have? Sally Shimmytush has a red one that she said I could borrow, but its a four yard and I need a three. Or maybe I'll just use Wings of Isis instead... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah..." ... for about 10 minutes! Waaaay too much information to have to listen through, yet not enough. There are 3 "Spring Hafla" events planned, which one is she talking about?
    If you MUST leave me a voice mail, tell me who you are, what your number is, OPTIONALLY the subject in 3 words or less, then hang the Hell up! I don't want to have to suffer through your life's story.
    Voice to text will be great when it works reliably enough to use, and is available in such a way that you never have to deal with the voice content.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,877 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #26
    If you had a smartphone, you could use visual voicemail, usually free. It lists the voicemails as a series of recording. Those can be moved elsewhere for safe keeping. 

    That is one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone  calls me saying they lost a dead family members voicemail  which had been saved over and over for YEARS. Voicemail was NEVER meant to be permanent storage. I am sorry for your loss. Should have used the microphone on another device or bought a $10 recorder from the drugstore.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    edited April 9 #27

    Tugar said:
    If you had a smartphone, you could use visual voicemail, usually free. It lists the voicemails as a series of recording. Those can be moved elsewhere for safe keeping.
    But they're still voicemails at the end of the day. I don't want voice mail - I want a text file/email. But you are correct, voicemail was never meant to be anything permanent - NEITHER WAS EMAIL! If I need to remember something in an email, I save it off as a text file in an appropriate location and/or incorporate the information into the necessary documentation - then DELETE the darn thing. I don't like keeping ephemera.

    I had a rudimentary voice to text capability when I had my Oooma VOIP landline. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad, and it sure beat listening to a recording.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 2,357 Senior Member
    Sparkle Butt sounds interesting :p

    Anyway, forget voicemail. If it's important and I'm not answering -- leave a short text message and I'll get back to you. If you don't hear from me within a day, don't bother calling back!

    I'd rather have a text conversation than a blithering voice conversation. Keep it short. If you have a lot to say, wait till you see me. It really is that simple.

    Real emergencies are the only exceptions!
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    I agree, except I want the conversation via email, not text. Text sucks for conversations, you might as well talk voice.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 2,357 Senior Member
    For me a short conversation is kinda like Tugar's example above. On a smart phone it's really fast.

    "Longer" conversations or rants then yeah send me an email.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,898 Senior Member
    As much as smartphones cost, they should be good at *something*.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
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