We’ve come a long way from tin can-and-string phones, mechanical precursors to the electronic device invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. But Bell was neither the first nor the last to claim credit for the device that has revolutionized communication and commerce. Two decades before Bell said, “Come here, I want to see you” to Watson, Antonio Meucci constructed a voice communication apparatus that some consider to be the first telephone. Thousands of other inventors, engineers, manufacturers, and service providers have had a hand in shaping the mobile devices we can’t live without.
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