Mobile website history

A short but interesting history

The internet has a short but interesting history, so we want to share with you some interesting facts about how accessing the internet via mobile phones evolved.

1994 - The very first smartphone

The first mobile smartphone was created by IBM in 1992 and went on sale in 1994. Bizarrely they named it Simon Personal Communicator (SPC). It was rather large and not very slick looking, however it still featured several bits of functionality that became the foundation for every smartphone that followed.

It had a revolutionary touch screen as well as the unique ability to send and receive emails and faxes. It also had a calendar, address book and even featured a standard and predictive stylus keyboard!

2001 - Smartphones start to connect to 3G

The smartphone came of age in in the millenium with NTT DoCoMo launching their DoCoMo Ericsson ER209i on their very own 3G network in Japan in October 2001 and made videoconferencing and large email attachments possible. They also help develop the W-CDMA mobile communications standard to allow portable electronic devices to access to the internet wirelessly.

However, despite this technology globalising, accessing the internet at this time was expensive, so the uptake was relatively low when compared to todays mobile phone market.

2007 - A guy called Steve Jobs

A game changer for the mobile smartphone evolution came in 2007 when Steve Jobs and the team at Apple unveiled the very first iPhone, building on the successful foundations created by the iPod in 2001

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do, we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do”
Steve Jobs - Co-founder of Apple Inc.

The iPhone was undoubtedly the best touch screen device to hit the market, it was also the first device that offered users full access to the internet as they would normally get on a desktop computer.


Now over 52% of the global population, use their mobile phones to access and browse the internet, rather than traditional computers!