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A device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly

  • Alexander Graham Bell suggested ‘ahoy’ (as used in ships) as the greeting when we speak over telephone. But it was later superseded by Thomas Edison, who suggested ‘hello’ instead.
  • The very first phone call was: “Watson come here, I want you!”
  • Mark Twain was one of the first to have a phone in his home.
  • The European patent office lists more than 100,000 inventions with ‘telephone’ in then title.
  • The first phone book (telephone directory) was issued in 1878 and is only 20 pages long.
  • The memorable Nokia tone for receiving SMS text messages is Morse code for ‘SMS’ Likewise, the ‘Ascending’ tone is Morse code for ‘Connecting People,’ (Nokia’s slogan) and ‘Standard’ is Morse code for ‘M’ (Message).
  • Bell’s patent for the telephone was modestly titled ‘Improvement in Telegraphy’.
  • According to a recent survey, 47 per cent of all water-damaged mobile phones in the UK have been dropped in the toilet bowl.
  • A ton of mobile phones contains more gold than a ton of ore from a gold mine.
  • 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.
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