A lot of things happened back in 1992: The Olympic games were held in Barcelona, Bill Clinton was just elected POTUS, The Cold War was declared over
But amidst all of that social and political change, 1992 was also the year that IBM unveiled the very first smartphone. Fast forward two years and the device officially hit the market for a cool price of $1,100 a pop. And after only six months, it had sold over 50,000 units.
While personal cellphones have been around since the 1970s, the creation of the smartphone excited American consumers in an entirely new way.
So, where have we come from that historic day in 1992, and how has the invention of the smartphone gone on to influence us as humans and consumers?
What? Was The First Smartphone – 1994
The first smartphone, created by IBM, was invented in 1992 and released for purchase in 1994. It was called the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC). While not very compact and sleek, the device still featured several elements that became staples to every smartphone that followed.
For example, the SPC was equipped with a touch screen as well as the ability to send and receive both emails and faxes. It had a calendar, an address book, and a native appointment scheduler. It even featured standard and predictive stylus input screen keyboards.
These features were different and advanced enough to deem it worthy of the title World’s First Smartphone.
From the very first mobile device to the first smartphone, all the way to today, one thing has stayed the same. Texting is and always will be a part of the mobile narrative. And as any text marketer knows, that is the side of history we want to be on.