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Cell Phone for Kids

This web page contains cell phone facts for kids and is an excellent resource for anyone of any age looking to learn about cell phones and smartphones. Our goal is to provide you with accurate, up to date facts about mobile devices. In addition to facts about cell phones, we provide addition resources to help you with your research on the cell phones, smartphones and cellular networks.

The cell phone facts below will help you learn about who invented the first cell phone, who invested the first smart phone, how cell phones work, what are smartphone mobile applications and other mobile device related facts. We hope these cell phone facts are interesting and help you learn more about this revolutionary communications device.

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19 Cell Phone Facts for Kids

  1. A cell phone, also known as a mobile phone or a handle phone is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls and text messages via a radio frequency.
  2. The phrase cell phone was termed based on how areas received cellular service, they were broken up into cells.
  3. A smartphone has the same features as a cell phone but have multi-purpose computing abilities.
  4. The first handheld portable cell phone call was made on April 3rd, 1973 by Martin Cooper. He called his rival at Bell Labs, Joel S. Engel.
  5. The first cell phone available to consumers was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x in 1983.
  6. The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x cost almost $4,000 and weighed 2.4 pounds.
  7. The first smartphone was the Apple iPhone in 2007.
  8. The Apple iPhone cost $499 for 4GB and $599 for 8GB.
  9. The most common smartphone mobile operating systems are Android and iOS. In 2008, they both collectively held 95.07% of the market share.
  10. Mobile applications, also known as mobile apps or just apps are a piece of software that is developed to run on a mobile device.
  11. The 3 most popular mobile application sources are the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Microsoft Store.
  12. There have been several generations of mobile phone networks since the inception of the cell phone. This includes 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G.
  13. The best-selling cell phone of all time is the Nokia 1100 and the Nokia 1110. It was introduced in 2003 and 2005 respectively and both had sales of 250 million units.
  14. Nomophobia is the proposed name for someone who has a fear being without their phone.
  15. In 2012, Apple reported it sold 340,000 iPhones per day. That’s over 14,000 per hour.
  16. The first person to unlock (jailbreak) an iPhone was George Hotz.
  17. People send a lot of text messages. In 2013 it’s estimated that 9 trillion text messages were sent.
  18. Modern day smartphones have more computing power than the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle, which was used to land on the moon.
  19. Cell phones are estimated to have 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle.

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