Cellular Phone History


There is a substantial history regarding the modern wireless or “cellular” telephone. Wireless phones date back to just after World War II with Mobile Telephone System (MTS) and have progressed to a Fifth Generation (5G) wireless cellular telephone technology. The following are pages that describe wireless telephone technology from yesteryear to present day.

Cellular Phone History

Pre-Cellular (MTS & IMTS) (0G)

Mobile phones before cellular phones

Analog Cellular (AMPS) (1G)

We had to start somewhere. A hybrid analog/digital cellular phone system

The First Digital Cellular Systems – TDMA, GSM and iDEN (2G)

Moving away from analog to first generation digital phone systems

Modern Wireless Systems (3G – 4G – 5G)

The modern era of wireless phones, where data is king