How did it “evolve”?  

Cell phones have come a long way over the years. Originally designed for verbal communication, cell phones have evolved in terms of purpose. Early on, cell phones were strictly used for short, verbal communication. Gradually, cameras and texting started to become almost a necessity when purchasing one. Cell phones have become more than a necessity in today’s world. With internet and social media accessible on almost all cell phones, people of all ages feel obligated to own one. Additionally, cell phones give people a sense of personal identity. Coming in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, consumers are really able to “be themselves” so to speak. For a period of time and even at times today, the type of phone someone has can really impact the way someone looks at another.


Web 2.0? What forces played a role in its innovation?

This article considers Web 2.0 from both a technological and social standpoint. The cell phone has evolved tremendously from its original state as a huge junk of metal with a few buttons and a microphone. With the now sleek and lightweight versions which have picture and video capabilities that rival some of the best digital cameras, its no wonder why people have grown so attached to these little machines. Socially, cell phones have progressed considerably. What once was a convenient accessory is now an essential part of our society. The social media culture that we live in has made it nearly impossible to go without your cell-phone and still stay up to date on “what’s going on.” Web 2.0 has progressed in ways which its users have changed how and why the internet is used. The internet has become a vital part of cell phone use, which has prompted innovators to create these devices with lighting fast LTE capabilites, bigger screens with crisper displays, and photo sharing is easier than ever. The rapid growth of the internet and the phenomenon known as Web 2.0 has paved the way for how and why cell phones evolved the way that they have.


What format/media preceded your technology?

-The Original Phone- Alexander Graham Bell

-Candlestick- Two pieces 1890’s-1930’s, mouthpiece formed the candlestick piece and receiver was placed by your ear during the phone call

-Rotary- to dial rotate the dial to the number you want 60’s-70’s

-Push button-1963 keypad to dial

-Answering Machine

-Portable phone-cordless 80’s

-Motorola DynaTAC-released in 1984 first mobile phone

-Nokia 5110- long battery life

-Caller ID

-Motorola StarTAC- first flip phone


How is your tech an innovation over older forms?

-In less than a decade, the cellular phone has driven stunning social change in the developing world, and it has the potential to do still more. Its convenience, ubiquity, data leverage, and wireless infrastructure are proving invaluable in areas that lack landlines and data centers, possessing only archaic alternatives to communication.

-The cell phone has fundamentally changed the way in which we communicate with one another.

-Cell phones play an active role in the domestic economic sphere in the developing world, just as they do in developed countries.

-Cell phone technology has been able to save lives and property in emergencies and natural disasters, especially in developing countries.

What social/economic/cultural context influence how it has grown and how it is used, and by whom?

-In today’s society, social media plays a huge role in how we communicate with one another and post about ourselves on social media.

-As texting and Snapchatting have become more commonly used forms of communication over phone calls, the more advanced cell phone models have become.

-Because of how big of a role social media is, cell phones now have features like front and back cameras, iMessage instead of texting, and numerous gigabytes of storage to keep music, photos, games and many other things on their phones.

-Phones used to only be able to serve the purpose of texting and calling and now they have been advanced to do pretty much anything.

-They are used by pretty much any age group because they play such a big role in how people communicate nowadays.

What regulatory forces impact how it is used or how it was adopted?

-In today’s world it is pretty much essential to own a cell phone. It is the easiest and most effective way of contacting someone because everyone always has their cell phones in their hand.