Ahmet Kursad Duran
English 1301
Joe McDade
1089 words
A Realized Dream: Evolution of the Phone
How did people communicate with one another in 1900? Fire, pigeons, or yelling. These are funny, are they not? In times of war, armies used dogs, runners, birds, radios, and telephones to send messages. According to BBC news, the new technologies of radio and field telephones regularly let them down, so they decided to fall back on a 3,000-year-old way of delivering messages: the carrier pigeon during World War I (Pigeon vs telephone: which worked best in the trenches? para.15). Actually, televisions and phones were invented before 1900. Phones have been improved for years like other devices (televisions, computers, cars); as a result, communication via phone is getting better. What are the differences between the past and present? There are several differences and similarities between communications via phone in 1900 and nowadays.
First of all, communication in 1900s was very slow. One had to wait a long time for their line to connect. Sometimes, they abandoned calling people because it took a long time. Secondly, calling fees per minute were very expensive. For instance, in Turkey, soldiers called their parents once or twice a year because of the price. Thus, they were curious about their families because they could not communicate with their parents. In addition, the sound was not clear when people talked to each other via phone. People’s voices were mixed up with each other when they were in a bad place. Moreover, old phones were big, black, and heavy. They were not portable, and phones looked like boxes. The Art Institutes writes, “Many of the early cell phones were considered to be “car phones,” as they were too large and cumbersome to carry around in a pocket or purse.”(The AI para.2). One of the negative things is that phones did not have screens. One did not know who was calling or who he was calling. Finally, only a few people owned phones...