Story: Telecommunications

First-generation mobiles

First-generation mobiles

The first mobile phones, shown here by Post Office engineer Harry Shilling in March 1985, used analog technology. Analog is the electronic transmission of sound using signals of varying frequency carried by an electromagnetic current. Digital, or digital and analog combined, quickly became standard mobile phone technology.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1985/1159/8A
Photograph by Stuart Ramson

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A. C. Wilson, 'Telecommunications - Mobile phones', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by A. C. Wilson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Apr 2022