Thursday, 9 August 2012

7 amazing cell phone facts

1. Nokia manufactured paper in 1865

Nokia was founded back in 1865 and manufacturing paper was its primary business. Many years later, it switched to making rubber products, telegraph wires, and other electrical cables. During the middle of the last century, it also supplied the Finnish army with communications equipment, gas masks, plastics, and chemicals. Nokia's first mobile phones were released in the 1980s.

2. World's best-selling phone

Over 250 million units of the Nokia 1100 and its variants have been sold worldwide since the device's introduction in 2003. The success of this basic phone is mostly due to its reliability and low price. In 2009, a rumor arose claiming that the Nokia 1100 had a software glitch, which could potentially allow fraudulent bank operations to be executed. As a result, prices of second-hand units being sold online skyrocketed to 5-digit numbers.

3. First photo sent from a phone

The first photo to be publicly-shared using a cell phone was taken on June 11, 1997 by Philippe Kahn (pictured). He shared photos from the maternity ward where his daughter Sophie was born. Philippe Kahn is credited for developing the first camera phone.

4. World's most expensive phone

The Stuart Hughes iPhone 4 Diamond Rose is the world's most expensive phone. Priced at £5,000,000 (about $7,850,000), its bezel is covered with about 500 diamonds totaling over 100 carats. The back is made out of rose gold, and the Apple logo is formed using 53 diamonds. There is a single cut 7.4 carat ping diamond on top of the home button. Only two of these will be made.

5. World's toughest phone

The Sonim XP3300 Force is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's toughest phone. It earned its title by surviving after an 84 feet (25 meters) drop on a layer of concrete without suffering any operational damage. In addition, it can be safely submerged in waste water down to two meters. And by the way, it almost blends.

6. World's first music phone

The Siemens SL45, released in 2001, was the world's first mobile phone with expandable memory and support for MP3 playback. It came with a 32MB (that's megabytes!) MMC card and stereo headphones included in the set. The cell phone could deliver 5 hours of music playback on a single charge.

7.Highest Global Text Messaging

The Philippines is ranked number one globally in usage of text messages with about 1.4 billion text messages being sent every day. During the late '90s and early 2000s, the country was known as the "text capital of the world". Text messages were free at first, but a charge was imposed once carriers noticed the service's popularity. Currently, sending a text message in the Philippines costs one peso, which is a little over two cents.