WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
BIRTH OF CELL PHONES
Profile America — Thursday, October 13th. With the national median age being 37.3 years, only half of the country's population experienced life in what might strike young people as a bleak, dark and difficult age. Practically unimaginable today, there was a time when cell phones didn't exist. The first modern cell phone was introduced on this date in 1983 in Chicago. It was demonstrated in a call to Alexander Graham Bell's grandson, in Berlin, Germany at the time. The phone's price was $3,995. In 1990, there were just over 5 million people in the country with cell phones. By 2000, that number was nearly 110 million. Now, 89 percent of American households have cell phones. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Penn Central cell phones/accessed 7/28/2016: http://telecom.csail.mit.edu/telecom-archives/TELECOM_Digest_Online2006-2/0346.html
Development and price/accessed 7/28/2016: http://www.historyofinformation.com/expanded.php?id=1214
Cell phone demonstration call/accessed 7/28/2016: http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/395/October-13-1983-The-First-Commercial-Cell-Phone-Call
Growth in cell phone usage: http://www2.census.gov/library/publications/2011/compendia/statab/131ed/tables/12s1149.xls
Households with cell phones/page 10: http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-136.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau