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Phones outnumber people.

TODAY, there are more mobile phones in the UK than there are people.

But upon their launch in 1985, the first network Vodafone predicted it would sell only a million phones.

Mobile phones then were barely portable, weighing in at almost a kilogram, costing several thousand pounds and, in some cases, with little more than 20 minutes talktime.

The networks themselves were small; Vodafone had just a dozen masts covering London while Cellnet launched with a single mast.

As the market grew, Nokia made the leap from practical to fashion in the late '90s with its 3210, the first mobile without an external aerial.

Now, there's no stopping mobiles - they include instant messaging, email, applications including Facebook, have video and photo capabilities - it's no wonder students feel lost without them.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 17, 2012
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