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Mobile Phones

The first mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, became commercially available 30 years ago. It was more than 1 foot long, weighed over 2 pounds, had only one hour of talk time and only stored 30 phone numbers. To make matters worse, this mobile phone was priced at a whopping $3,995. Mobile phones today are not only less than half the size and weight but also a fraction of the cost, as they are approximately one-sixteenth of the price. The cost of the iPhone 5 is $199 for the 16 GB, $299 for the 32 GB and $299 for the 64 GB.

Storing hundreds of contacts, sporting a 4-inch Retina display, connecting instantly and effortlessly to wireless Internet and boasting a plethora of applications and more, it's safe to say that when it comes to mobile phones, pioneers like Steve Jobs have absolutely innovated in the right direction. The technology accessible today has not only improved the way we communicate on the go but also created a society in which this technology is available at more affordable prices.

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