The History of the Smartphone


“The very first concept of a smartphone is said to have been envisioned back in the mid-1970s, but that idea didn’t come into fruition until almost 20 years later when IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator first showed its face in 1992. Simon had a monochrome touchscreen, a stylus, and a charging base station. When using data, you could expect to charge the phone after about 60 minutes of use.

Simon went on sale the next year through BellSouth Cellular for a whopping $899 with a two-year agreement or $1,099 sans contract. Approximately 50,000 Simon units sold, and in the wake of IBM’s mid-90s crisis the computer giant and BellSouth decided against the second-generation Simon says BusinessWeek.”

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