“Hello, can you hear me?”
No, it is not Adele pining for her old flame. I am assuming these were the words that got repeated hundreds of times before someone finally replied to Mr Alexander Graham Bell (1847), the inventor of the first practical phone, whom today the 3rd of March I am honoring on his birthday.
I hope someone heard you Adele; I surely did and indeed from the other side.
In fact, the first intelligible message ever said on the telephone were “Mr. Watson, come here, I need you”–from Bell to his assistant, but that was already Three days after filing the patent, it was at this time, 1876–1877, that a new invention called the telephone emerged.
Studies shows that 67,01% of the world population, equal to 5,26 billion have mobile devices.
My 89 years old grandma has a smartphone, she said it is cheaper than having a line phone, not to mention that she could see me on video chat whilst I can see merely her ear.
I guess it will not be an enormous surprise when someday in the next 40 years, the statistics shows 100% rate, once the progressive youth of today reach late adulthood.
I guess, we all owe him today a birthday greeting, for without him, the message could have taken indeed years to reach the other side.