Chapter 18 Compare and Contrast The telephone is something that can connect people who are opposite of the world in a matter of seconds. It helps loved ones keep in touch when they have to be apart and is the cornerstone of all international communication. Needless to say it ' s a pretty big part of everyday life and for many people even the most mundane tasks would be impossible without it. Which is why reading about the first ever patented telephone in this chapter defiantly peaked my interest. I mean without the first telephone no advancements would have followed and that would mean no Snapchat or Twitter, which would be a sad loss indeed. Therefore comparing the invention of the first ever telephone to that of the first mobile phone seemed to be a good pick for this compare and contrast. The first ever patented telephone was brought to us by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, which naturally secured him a place in the history books. Nearly a century later on April 3, 1973 , Martin Cooper succeed in placing the first ever call from a portable mobile phone , also a completely new feat. Both these versions of the telephone had their similarities but quite a few variations as well, not surprising, they were made in completely different eras after all. Contrary to belief Bell was not the first one to make the phone, he was just the first one to capitalize on it by securing a patent. Much like how Cooper wasn ' t the only person working on the portable mobile phone at the time. He was just the first one to get it to work. The first call he made on his new invention was actually to his rival lab that was also working on their own version of a portable mobile. Now I ' m not sure about the rival lab ' s model but Cooper ' s mobile phone was basically a brick. W eig hing 2.5 pounds, it was 9 inches long and 5 inches deep , and f eatur ed about 20 minutes of battery life . Funny to think of how much the idea and design of today ' s modern cellular phone may have been totally different if someone else had beat Cooper. Then again the same can be said for Bell and his invention, although technically phones today are modeled more after Thomas Edison ' s early idea than Bell ' s original. Though I must admit the goal of all the inventors who were on the same path as these two was undeniably the same. To produce an invention that would make distance communication easier and get it out to the public as soon as they could. That being said it still took time to get these inventions out and for them to be used in the society once they were finished, although the original telephone didn ' t take quite as long. By the year 1880 fifty-thousand phones were in use, there was even one in the White House. Then by 1900 that number had gone up to 1.35 million, quite a feat and these numbers would only keep rising as the years went on. Cooper ' s invention on the other hand didn't do that well on the market since the price, $3,500, was quite a good chunk of money in 1983. Due to the expense most people were unable to afford the luxury of the mobile phone or even the plan itself. That being said it wasn't as if talking on the first telephone was all that cheap, a long distance call was $9 for the first five minutes after all. Not exactly the best bang for your buck, but they were still working out all the kinks that early on I suppose. The early telephone changed the way people lived, it made communicating with people miles of way in mere minutes possible. Before this the only options for distance communication were sending telegrams or letters, which defiantly had their drawbacks. The same can be said for the creation of the portable phone, while not at first, as it would defiantly have an effect on