The Cellphone

The History and Technology of the Gadget That Changed the World


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About the Book

Presenting the history of the cellular phone from its beginnings in the 1940s to the present, this book explains the fundamental concepts involved in wireless communication along with the ramifications of cellular technology on the economy, U.S. and international law, human health, and society. The first two chapters deal with bandwidth and radio. Subsequent chapters look at precursors to the contemporary cellphone, including the surprisingly popular car phone of the 1970s, the analog cellphones of the 1980s and early 1990s, and the basic digital phones which preceded the feature-laden, multipurpose devices of today.

About the Author(s)

Guy Klemens holds a doctorate in electrical engineering and has worked in various aspects of the wireless communication field for more than 15 years. He lives in San Diego, California.

Bibliographic Details

Guy Klemens
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 26 diagrams, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5867-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5996-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

1. Bandwidth      5

2. Radio      27

3. Mobile Phones      45

4. Analog Technology      53

5. The Analog Cellular Phone      65

6. Digital Technology      76

7. Digital Standards      103

8. The Digital Cellphone      114

9. The Business Reaches Maturity      127

10. Implications of Cellphones      143

11. Inside the Cellphone      170

12. Cellphones Beyond Phones      189

Chapter Notes      203

Glossary of Terms      209

Selected Bibliography      213

Index      215

Book Reviews & Awards

“well written and illustrated…recommended”—Choice; “historical aspects are quite interesting…information could prove quite useful for research”—Booklist; “recommended”—SciTech Book News.