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This article explores the evolution of mobile phone technology and how it has impacted our lives. 

The early days: From brick to flip

The first mobile phone, the DynaTAC, was a massive brick-shaped device that weighed over two pounds and cost a fortune. Over the years, the form and technology of mobile phones have evolved dramatically. In the 1980s and 1990s, flip phones became popular, with their clamshell design providing a more compact and practical solution.

50 years of mobile

The rise of smartphones

In the early 2000s, smartphones revolutionised the mobile phone market. With their advanced technology and features, including internet connectivity, email, and touch screens, smartphones became a must-have for both personal and business use. Apple’s iPhone, released in 2007, was a game-changer, with its sleek design and user-friendly interface setting a new standard for mobile devices.

The emergence of the phablet

In recent years, mobile devices have become even more versatile, with the emergence of the phablet. These larger-screen smartphones offer a tablet-like experience, providing more space for browsing, gaming, and productivity. The Samsung Galaxy Note, released in 2011, was one of the first phablets to hit the market and set a trend that continues today with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The future of mobile technology

Looking to the future, mobile technology is set to become even more advanced and integrated into our lives. The rise of 5G networks will enable faster and more reliable internet connectivity, while advancements in artificial intelligence and augmented reality will transform the way we interact with our devices.

Flexible and foldable screens are also set to become more commonplace, offering new possibilities for form and functionality. As mobile devices continue to evolve, they will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the way we work, communicate, and live our lives.

Data Select has been a part of the mobile journey since 1999 and continues to set the standard for B2B mobile and IT reseller channel engagement.

From best-in-class supply chain capability, through to our multi-award-winning Mobile Solutions team, we continue to bring together and simplify mobile technology.


Over the past 50 years, mobile phone technology has come a long way, from the cumbersome and expensive brick-shaped devices of the past to today’s pocket-sized computers. The evolution of mobile technology has impacted our lives in countless ways, from the way we communicate and work to the way we entertain ourselves.

As mobile devices continue to evolve and become more advanced, the possibilities for innovation and growth are endless. The future of mobile technology is exciting, and we can’t wait to see what the next 50 years will bring.

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