10 Interesting Mobile Phone Facts

Michael August 16, 2012

These days everyone has a mobile phone and none of us can imagine life without one. Just think, if we didn’t have a mobile phone how could we take a picture of that guy with the ridiculously colourful trousers who has tripped over his shoe lace and upload it to Facebook for our friends to revel in its idiocy? It just wouldn’t be a straightforward job. There was, many years ago, a time without mobile phones. It must have been a pretty sad time. Since mobile phones were invented they have developed from being a novelty to an essential piece of equipment. You now live in a modern land where mobile phones are all around us and everyone uses one, but here are some fantastic mobile phone facts for you to ponder over.

Our Top 10 Interesting Mobile Phone Facts

1. The first handheld mobile phone was made in 1973 by Motorola employee Martin Cooper. The phone was named the DynaTAC 8000X and was commercially released 11 years later in 1984. At the time it cost $3,995 which is around $9,000 in today’s money when you account for inflation.

2. The world’s most expensive mobile phone was designed by British jeweler Stuart Hughes. He named the phone the iPhone 4 Diamond Rose - as you’d expect it is an iPhone 4 which has been fashioned with 500 individual flawless diamonds (totalling over 100 carats), a rose gold Apple logo with 53 diamonds and a single cut 7.4-carat pink diamond on the home button. The phone has a price of £5m which is, at the time of writing this article, around $7,843,000.

3. Mobile phone masts are hidden in the strangest of places and are often difficult to spot. The website Fraud Frond has many photos of phone masts hidden in fake plastic trees. They can also be found hidden in places like clock faces, church spires and drainpipes.

4. The best selling mobile phone in history was the Nokia 1100 which sold a massive 250million units. Even modern phones like the iPhone haven’t reached that level – over 100million iPhones have been sold to date so they still have a long way to go to beat the sales levels of the Nokia 1100.

5. Text messages are as popular as ever with the equivalent of 45% of the planet sending an SMS every day! Receiving messages isn’t always as good though, in Japan 80% of text messages received are unsolicited. Here is a bonus text message fact – the first text was sent in 1992.

6. On a Nokia phone, the “Special” tone that you can set to alert you when receiving text messages is actually Morse code for “SMS”. Even more interestingly the “Ascending” ringing tone is Morse code for the company’s slogan “Connecting People”. The “Standard” text tone is Morse code for “M” (Message).

7. More than 30 African nations have more cell phones than land lines.

8. In 2014 it is expected that mobile internet usage will overtake desktop internet usage. Currently more than 50% of all local searches are performed from a mobile device.

9. 91% of all mobile internet usage is “social” related (people visiting Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc). On a desktop computer the figure is only 79%.

10. More than 1 thousand mobile phones are activated every minute of every day.

About Author


Michael is a technology enthusiast (a geek, some may say) who resides in Newcastle, England. He runs as a subsidiary of his expanding web design business, On Fire Digital Limited. When having a break from geeking around, Michael loves spending time with his wife and son. He also enjoys cooking and loves to enjoy a nice glass of wine. View all posts by Michael →

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