The world’s first smartphone was made 24 years ago in 1994, in 1994. IBM brought this smartphone 15 years ago to bring Apple iPhone into the market. IBM created this smartphone jointly with Mitsubishi Electric Corp Company.
World’s First Smartphone
People didn’t start using the term “smartphone” until 1995, but the first true smartphone actually made its debut three years earlier in 1992.It was called the Simon Personal Communicator, and it was created by IBM more than 15 years before Apple released the iPhone. Simon named the phone. There was no keypad on this phone. Like most of today’s smartphones, it has to be used entirely through the touchscreen. The smartphone was released in the United States on August 16, 1994. In 1995 the production stopped. In almost a year, IBM sold 50 thousand units each. The phone was 8 inches in length, 2.5 inches in width and 1.5 inches thick. Weight 500 g. That’s why a smartphone looks like a brick.
Aside from its calling capabilities, you could also use the Simon to send and receive emails, faxes, and pages. There was also a suite of built-in features including a notes collection you could write in, an address book that looked like a file folder, calendar, world clock, and a way to schedule appointments.
Simone’s memory was 1 MB. But its battery capacity was very low. The phone had a maximum of 1 hour after charging. Not only that, many features of the current smartphone were also Simone. Mapping, Spreadsheet Games, Notepad, Fax, Even Mail On This Smartphone.
IBM’s pioneering product was also the first mobile phone to feature software apps and could be linked up to a fax machine.
It was only available to customers in the United States, operating within a 15 state network and sold around 50,000 models.
The device was particularly popular with members of the business community, who craved a transportable phone that doubled up as a mini-computer.
However, a hefty price tag and limited battery life contributed to its eventual disappearance from the market around two years after its launch.
“It only had an hour’s battery, it was $899 and there was no mobile internet at the time. So it wasn’t very successful,” said Ms. Connelly.