Cell phone turns 30

— 12:54 PM on April 3, 2003

The first cell debuted thirty years ago. SF Gate has an interesting interview with Martin Cooper, the man behind the first call. With the latest featherweight models equipped with everything from color screens to Bluetooth connectivity to digital cameras, cell phones have certainly evolved into powerful mobile devices, but sometimes I wish that first call had never been made.

Now don't get me wrong; I've grown attached to my aging cell phone. In fact, I haven't had a land line for a couple of years, but that doesn't mean I'm thrilled with how popular cell phones have become. I guess my problem isn't so much with the phones themselves but how people choose to use them. Just because a cell phone enables someone to talk anytime, anywhere, with just about anyone, doesn't mean that they actually should.

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