The first mobile internet?
So, I hear you cry what was so great about the IBM Simon anyway, well even though back in 1992 when the device was first created, to it being exhibited in 1993 to being launched in 1994 there wasn’t the internet in the form as we now know it, and mobile internet was still a thing of science fiction, or was it? Well quite possibly not, though never mentioned and always overlooked IBM had in essence not just created the world’s first smartphone, they had devised a means of transferring and receiving packet data through the internet via a radio and digital frequency, basically creating mobile internet before the creation of mobile internet as we know it. The device was able to send, store and receive packet data in the form of fax, email and pager, and you know I said that it was limited to just 15 network providers, well it had a means of plugging into a landline when out of area to make and receive calls at a reduced landline rate.
Looking at the display layout we can see that many of today’s smartphones use many of the same design cue’s, for instance a homepage, application page and back button, quite possibly taken directly from the Simon.
Among the things already mentioned the device boasted a calendar, an address book, a scheduler, calculator, world time, drawing-pad, and notepad, as well as a handful of different games to choose from, again making it another first in mobile phone technology just beating the Hagenuk MT-2000 which was the first phone to have Tetris. The device could also be connected to a computer to transfer data and with the intention to install new applications once they were developed.
And the best bit about it was never having to worry about getting hacked or a virus as this was long before hackers and viruses existed, which brings me nicely into internet security, just in case you were not aware we (TLP Technology) provide all the internet device security that you need: