It’s a good thing texting wasn’t around with that rotary dial, 1964
When we say “mobile phones,” we bet you didn’t think about a car phone with a rotary dial and a spiral cord? We’ve come a long way, baby! In 1964, General Electric introduced their Simultaneous Duplex Mobile Telephone that was marketed as a huge improvement over the current Mobile Telephone Service. Its main selling point…the Simultaneous Duplex Mobile Telephone allowed users to connect with their party directly, instead of having to place the call through a phone operator, as they would have to do with the Mobile Telephone Service phone. While the ad claims the caller can place and receive calls from anywhere in the world, that might have been a stretch. Since there were no cell phone towers yet, the wireless system acted much like a CB radio.
We’re sure you’ll quickly get your head around the next image…..