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For many people, mobile phones have become an essential part of our everyday lives.
We use them to stay in touch with family and friends, play games, watch videos, read the news, email and stay connected to our workplace.
Yet while this small, indispensable item has seemingly been around forever, mobiles phones as we know them today have been in existence for around 20 years only.
The history of mobile phones goes back to 1908, when a US Patent for a wireless telephone was issued in Kentucky.
The first mobile handsets were introduced in the 1940s, when engineers working at AT&T developed cells for mobile phone base stations.
However, it wasn’t until 1973 that the first handheld mobile phone was mass produced, by Motorola.
These are now known as 0G – or zero generation – mobiles. Most mobiles today rely on 3G or 4G technology.
The only thing you could do with early handsets was make phonecalls.
In the 1990s, technology to allow SMS – or text – messaging was developed and when 3G phones were introduced in 2001, it opened up a new world of communications as people could email, access the internet, make video calls, access social media and use apps and games from their handset.
4G became commercially available in the UK in late 2012, offering superfast connections and speedy downloads. 5G is currently being developed and is expected to roll out globally in 2020.
While the mobile phone is now an everyday essential, there are a host of accessories and add-ons you can buy to help you get the most out of your handset.
At Twangee, we’ve got these covered…
Character Power Banks – Running out of juice is the bane of any serious smartphone addict. Our range of character-branded power banks can keep you powered up until you can recharge your phone. Small and compact enough to fit in any pocket or handbag, you can carry your power bank with you anywhere for a quick and effortless charge from its powerful 2000 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. You can also reflect your personality by choosing from officially-licensed Star Wars, Frozen, Marvel, DC Comics, Finding Nemo, Hello Kitty and Pokemon branded products.
In Tech four-in-one charger – Regardless of the make or model of your handset, this handy in-car charger connects with a wide array of smartphones to charge your unit on the go. It’s compatible with 30-pin devices such as iPhone 4, Touch and Nano, and second/third generation iPads; eight-pin ‘lightning’ connectors like iPhone 5/5C/6, Touch 5, iPad 4 and iPad Air; micro- USB devices from Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Nexus and other popular tablets and mini-USB devices from Samsung, HTC, Blackberry, Sony, LG, Nokia, along with many older sat nav devices and MP3 players. If you have a spare USB charging cable for your phone, you can always plug it into our universal USB adapter, which fits into the lighter socket of your car.
In Fun mini selfie stick – If you can’t get through the day without posting a selfie, our In Fun mini selfie stick will help you strike the perfect pose. Compatible with most smartphones, this pocket-sized gadget has a soft foam handle with a 40cm extendable arm and a 270° adjustable cradle to help you take your selfie from the perfect angle.
In Tech three-in-one universal camera lens – While we’re talking about selfies, our In Tech clip-on three-in-one camera lens can help enhance the pictures your device’s camera can take. You can switch between fisheye, wide angle and macro for the ultimate arty and creative pics, and its velvet carry pouch and lens covers mean you can you can take your photography anywhere and keep your lenses safe.
In Tech multiport USB adapter – If, like most people, you have more than one device that needs charging at once, or if every member of your family runs out of power at the same time, our In Tech multiport USB adapter will let you charge up to six devices at the same time. Versatile, convenient and reliable, simply plug in your USB 2.0 devices and relax.
Owning a smartphone is great, but with a few simple accessories, you can enhance the experience even more. Find out more and browse all out mobile essentials at https://www.twangee.com/gifts-gadgets/phone-essentials.