Mobile Phones Facts for Kids – 5 Magical Facts about Mobile Phones

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Mobile phones weren’t always smart. Let’s learn five magical mobile phones facts for kids.

Mobile Phones Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: The First Mobile Phone Was Invented in 1973

The first mobile phone was created over 50 years ago and it was called the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. This was an innovative creation which allowed people to use handheld phones instead of telephones. Dr. Martin Cooper was the genius behind the mobile phone. In 1983, the 8000X became the first handheld mobile phone that could be bought. It cost roughly $4000 and it weighed over 2 pounds. That is heavier than a basketball. Can you imagine if your mobile phone weighed this much today?

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Mobile Phones Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Mobile Phones Have more Computing Power than The Apollo 11 lunar Module Eagle

While putting the first man on the moon, NASA used the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle, which at the time was a very powerful computer. Jump to today, and the smartphones we use to watch the first man landing on the moon actually has more computing power than the computer that made the Apollo 11 mission possible. Essentially this means that the mobile phone in your pocket is powerful enough to have put a man on the moon in 1969.

Mobile Phones Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: The Smartphone Has more Functions than a Mobile Phone

Smartphones have the same features as a mobile phone, but it has a lot more features. The very first smartphone was the Apple iPhone in 2007. The first iPhone was much smaller compared to the iPhones released today and it didn’t have a front-facing camera. How did people take selfies? A smartphone has all sorts of extra functions, like internet access, good quality camera and the ability to download apps. 

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Mobile Phones Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Mobile Phones Have more Bacteria than a Toilet Handle

We know that bacteria is all around us and even inside us but do we know how much bacteria is on the things we use everyday. It is estimated that your mobile phone has 18 times more bacteria than a toilet handle. Yes, a toilet handle. How disgusting! This does make sense however, considering we bring mobile phones with us everywhere we go.

Mobile Phones Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: The First Mobile Phones Had to Be Charged for a very Long Time

The first cell phone needed to be charged for 10 full hours. These 10 hours would only allow it to be used for 30 minutes. So, if you think our smartphones don’t have a long battery life today, you can think again. The first mobile phone was also long and sturdy and it had an antenna on top. This antenna allowed the mobile phone to connect to the radio signal.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about mobile phones as much as we loved teaching you about it. Now that you know how majestic the technology is, you can move on to learn about other technologies like: AI, Robotics, Computer and Java.

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