From the Telegraph: ‘Mobile’ phone enjoys centenery.
Photographs of the world’s first "wireless telephone" have revealed that it was not quite as mobile as its modern counterparts.
Invented by Nathan Stubblefield in 1908, the device came complete with an unwieldy metal transmitter.
A far cry from the tiny mobile phones in use today, the telephone was made up of a system of wire suspended between metal rods with the transmitter placed on a train carriage or boat.
When the vehicle neared, a signal was sent through the air to the telephone using magnetic fields. It could be heard near the other end of the wire through another phone. [continue, see photos]