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Telefónica is celebrating 93rd birthday today

Short History: 1924  CTNE is set up in Madrid; ITT is one of its initial shareholders 1960  CTNE becomes the #1 Spanish enterprise (100,000 shareholders, 32,000 employees) 1978   Installs the 10 millionth phone 1987   Begins trading at the New York Stock Exchange 1994   Launches digital mobile telephony: Movistar 1995   Commercial Internet is being born. Telefónica launches…

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March 10, 1876: ‘Mr. Watson, Come Here …’- First phone call was made.

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell conducted a successful experiment with the telephone. This breakthrough, during which he uttered his famous directive to his assistant, Thomas Watson, is recorded in the March 10 entry in his 1875-1876 Lab Notebook. Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you. March 10 1876 entry, Notebook by Alexander Graham Bell,…

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5% of people have used a phone booth or pay phone in the last year

Does that number seem a little high to you? Even though most pay phones have been removed from streets and buildings, somehow people are still finding pay phones to use! Considering that most people have cell phones, pay phones are mostly used in emergencies when mobile phones are dead (think about all the “call boxes” on the side of the…

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The first phone book was only 20 pages long

The first phone book was issued in 1878 and was apparently very short! Since the phone was only invented two years before, it makes sense that not everyone was on board with the new technology yet. This phone book was sold at auction in 2008 for $170,500. Strangely enough, the first phone book also instructed readers to “commence the conversation…

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Just hope it doesn’t ring: Hitler’s personal phone is up for auction

Alexander Historical Auctions, located in Maryland, has a unique lot available on its website right now: Adolf Hitler’s personal bunker phone. The chipped, red, rotary handset was taken right from the German leader’s bunker following the capture of Berlin in 1945 and is expected to fetch as much as $300,000 from a specialist collector.            …

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First Transcontinental Phone Call, January 25th 1915

On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call. This event was a conference call involving Alexander Graham Bell in New York, his assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco, President Woodrow Wilson in Washington, and the president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company in Georgia. Using the new commercial service…

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The biggest phobia in the world? ‘Nomophobia’

Nomophobia is referred to a psychological syndrome in which a person is afraid of being out of mobile or cell phone contact. Nomophobia, coined from a term “no-mobile-phone-phobia” during a research study to find out the psychological ramifications and stress level of mobile phone usage on behavior, describes the level of fear generated when a user is unable to communicate…

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James Bond first mobile phone: Ericsson JB988 in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

This is 1 of 12 phones made by Ericsson for the James Bond Movie Tomorrow Never Dies (Pierce Brosnan). There were 4 different phones used on screen. One had a light up screen, one had a stun-prod function, one had a finger print scanner and this is the static flip open stunt phone which was used from the back of…

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Want a divorce? Send a text message..

Getting a quickie divorce has taken on a whole new meaning in Malaysia after it was decided that a man can divorce his wife with a text message. The government’s adviser on religious affairs, the man who counsels Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said as long as the message was clear and unambiguous it was valid under Islamic Sharia law….

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“Fasse Dich kurz!” or “Make it short” sign used used until the 70s in Germany

This slogan was created in Germany between the 1930s and the 1970s, in addition to almost all public payphones or was printed in phone books. The reason for this was the missing time-clock for local calls. This meant an unlimited call for paying only one time.

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