The Cellphone: The History and Technology of the Gadget That Changed the World

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McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Social Science - 224 pages
Presenting the history of the cellular phone from its beginnings in the 1940s to the present, this book explains the fundamental concepts involved in wireless communication along with the ramifications of cellular technology on the economy, U.S. and international law, human health, and society. The first two chapters deal with bandwidth and radio. Subsequent chapters look at precursors to the contemporary cellphone, including the surprisingly popular car phone of the 1970s, the analog cellphones of the 1980s and early 1990s, and the basic digital phones which preceded the feature-laden, multipurpose devices of today.

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This book is a history of the technological and legal developments of the cellular phone. I read this to get context on the development of the cell phone for a research paper over Martin Cooper's role in bringing the first handheld cellular phones to market. While the book does not go specifically over key figures at AT&T or Motorola, the book gives a very detailed look through the decades at the development of the phone. Factually, as far as I can tell, the author did his research. The information presented in the book is up-to-date and thoroughly explained. He includes an extensive list of references at the end of the book. I could not find how close he was in his career to the creation of the cellphone, but his list of published works can primarily be found in technical journals. While the book was helpful for research purposes, I suspect there is not a very large audience for a work like this. The work is far to dense for the casual reader and not of enough importance for scholarly consideration. Overall, Guy Klemens does a good job tracing the technological and legal developments of the cellular phone, but the book is definitely not intended for a wide audience. 


1 Bandwidth
2 Radio
3 Mobile Phones
4 Analog Technology
5 The Analog Cellular Phone
6 Digital Technology
7 Digital Standards
9 The Business Reaches Maturity
10 Implications of Cellphones
11 Inside the Cellphone
12 Cellphones Beyond Phones
Chapter Notes
Glossary of Terms
Selected Bibliography

8 The Digital Cellphone

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About the author (2014)

Guy Klemens holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and has worked in various aspects of the wireless communication field for more than 15 years. He lives in San Diego, California.

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