Who knew that? – Simple Telecomms Ltd

Who knew that?

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Do you ever wonder about the development of the phone whilst you enjoy the convenience of having your mobile phone with you at all times? What if Alexander Graham Bell had decided not to bother - where would we be?

The very first phone call was "Watson come here, I want you!"It was made on March 10 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts, between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas A. Watson.

Telephone operators used to be young menBut they were prone to prank calling and chatting up female callers... "In the first exchanges, boys were generally engaged as operators, but due to their inquisitive spirits, mischievous behaviour etc they did not give their best attention and girls began to replace boys in this role.."

Britain's first mobile phone call was made twelve years later by the comedian Ernie Wise.It was made to Vodafone's head office in Newbury which at the time was situated over a curry house. At the time mobile phones were the size of a briefcase and cost £2000.

The 'Special' Nokia tone for receiving SMS text messages is Morse code for 'SMS'Likewise, the 'Ascending' tone is Morse code for 'Connecting People,' (Nokia's slogan) and 'Standard' is Morse code for 'M' (Message).

Alexander Graham Bell also invented the metal detectorThe device was quickly cobbled together in an attempt to find the bullet lodged inside U.S. President James Garfield. It worked perfectly in tests but failed to locate the assassin's bullet, either due to interference from metal bedsprings or because it was buried too deep inside his body.

The soundproof booth was invented by Alexander Graham Bell's assistant, to stop his landlady from eavesdropping on his conversationsThe first prototype was built in 1877 using bed blankets wrapped around a box. Some members of the public disliked the early models because the doors would get stuck, forcing them to fight their way out.

The automatic switchboard was inspired by undertaker rivalryAlmon Strowger was an undertaker in Kansas City, USA, who suspected that he was losing business to a rival. The rival's wife worked as a telephone switchboard and he thought she was diverting calls to her husband. One morning his suspicions were founded as he read in the newspaper that a close friend had passed away and been buried by this rival. This was Almon's incentive to replace the human operators (who were not universally loved) with an automatic switchboard.


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