A new online museum dedicated to the history of mobile telephony is due to launch in November, containing more than 2,000 unique handsets from 200 different manufacturers.
The Mobile Phone Museum, which will trace the evolution of the mobile phone from 1984 to the present day, was also supported by the mobile operator Vodafone as part of a five-year sponsorship agreement.
The museum was created by mobile phone expert Ben Wood, who is also a chief analyst at technology research and analysis firm CCS Insight, and fellow mobile industry veteran Matt Chatterley, the duo aiming to create pop-up physical exhibits in the future to bring the collection of the handset to as many people as possible.
The online museum is expected to showcase the first mobile phones, often large, heavy devices that were barely portable, appearing alongside the latest foldable smartphones, which house half-fold screens as well as high-end cameras for photos and photos. videos.
“I have been collecting phones for over 25 years. Over the past three decades, the mobile phone has become an integral part of the social fabric and the diversity of designs, from the first cellphones to the latest smartphones with flexible screens, is something to behold. “said Wood.
“When the online museum launches later this year, we want it to be a rich learning resource and a way to inspire young people to create their own amazing mobile innovations in the future.”
Max Taylor, UK Consumer Director at Vodafone, said: “Over 35 years ago, Vodafone made the first UK phone call to the Vodafone Transportable VT1, a handset that was the size of a car battery and weighed even more.
“Thinking back to those early devices and everything that happened later tells a fascinating story, not only of the technology itself and how it evolved, but also of the way we communicate.
“Our smartphones are now at the very center of our world, and it’s a fitting celebration of the role they play.
“We hope that by supporting Ben and Matt’s unique museum collection, the most comprehensive collection in the world, we can help people remember the devices they’ve had over the years and be excited about the devices. who might be able to do for them in the future. – dpa