- The first telephone was displayed by Bell in Philidelphia in June 1876.
- The new device translated the human voice into electrical form and allowed people to actually speak with eachother without being near eachother.
- The image to the right shows one of the first commercially available telephones.
Early Telephone Companies
- Bell Telephone Company- first telephone service company, developed an early near-monopoly on supplying telephone equipment and services to local franchises, improved on and developed a lot of telephone equipment
- Independent Companies- formed in smaller communites after Bell's patents expired in 1893, they could use Bell's devices (telephones) without having to pay him any royalties
- In the beginning, telephone service was not available all over the country, let alone the world. As the use of telephones grew, however, so did the range of service.
Impact on Industrial Growth
The telephone allowed people to actually speak with eachother without being near eachother. As the global telephone network grew, people all over the world began to speak with others located in vastly different places than themselves. Communication became easier and faster than ever, and business and government took full advantage of the new device, allowing for considerable industrial growth.
Telephones Through the Years
Telephones have become smaller, more lightweight, and portable. They can also do much more than make calls, such as send text messages and run special applications.
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- Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell by Moffet Studio. Image is for use in the public domain.
- Exhibit in the National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, USA. by Daderot. Image is for use in the public domain.
- Bell on the telephone in New York (calling Chicago) in 1892 by Gilbert H. Grosvenor Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Image is for use in the public domain.
- The Wright Brothers sent the famous telegram to their father from Kitty Hawk with this telegraph key. by Sanjay Acharya. Image is protected under the "Share Alike" license.
- Southern Bell Telephone Company, Pavo Rd, Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia by Michael Rivera. Image is protected under the "Share Alike" license.
- An image of the master telephone patent awarded to Alexander Graham Bell. by U.S.P.T.O. Image is for use in the public domain.
- Rotary dial telephone, probably from Belgium, the cricuit diagram inside is in dutch and french by Berthold Werner. Image is protected under the "Share Alike" license.
- ئایفۆنی نوێ by کوردی کوردستان. Image is protected under the "Share Alike" license.