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The world’s first smartphone is now two decades old

17 August, 2014 | Read the news | Post your comment
The world’s first smartphone is now two decades old - read the full textThe world’s first smartphone celebrated its 20th birthday yesterday. The IBM Simon Personal Communicator hit the shelves in the United States on August 16, 1994. Naturally, IBM Simon wasn’t called a smartphone back in the day – the term didn’t exist then. IBM sold around 50,000 units of the...


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> In reply to s @ 2014-08-19 09:52 from 9EBL - click to readYou do realize we know you replied to yourself right?

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  • 2014-08-20 04:12
  • q8QU

Dear GSMArena. A historic phone like this deserves a place in the GSMArena device database, don't you think? This should show exactly how far we've gone from the very first smartphone. Please add the IBM Simon as it should be like a "hall-of-famer" in some ways. :)

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  • 2014-08-19 08:33
  • t7tQ

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-08-19 05:21 from q8QU - click to readThat difference in data. That's inflation.
That's also when Symbian ruled everything.
5 and 8mp phones were extreme.
Quad core? Lol. More 200-400mhz single core.

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  • 2014-08-19 05:24
  • q8QU

> In reply to USER @ 2014-08-18 20:32 from LE{f - click to readHeck. They have changed in the last 6 years vastly. In's a whole new world.

6 years ago most people didn't have smart phones and most people thought the I thing was the only one or the first one.
You have unlimited texting and data for like $30 on AT&T even for a smart phone.

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  • 2014-08-19 05:21
  • q8QU

> In reply to james79 @ 2014-08-17 21:10 from 39xW - click to readthanks GSMArena for the info, not all of us watch BBC!!

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  • 2014-08-18 23:56
  • LE{f

”a whopping $899 – that’s over $1400 in today’s money” - in my country, the base iPhone sells for $1200, so not that much! Also, look, it had a tocuhscreen, 13 years before... (hint: Apple)!

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  • 2014-08-18 21:38
  • pk54

wow!! things have changed so much in 20 years!!

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  • 2014-08-18 20:32
  • LE{f

nice to celebrate as a special anniversary...

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  • 2014-08-18 18:54
  • TSLI

> In reply to Saurav @ 2014-08-18 16:06 from 9EBL - click to readare you of this world? or have i spotted you in flinstones? i guess apple don't even come 10th to aquire a first smartphone. ppl just come out from the egg shell and do not want to know about the history.

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  • 2014-08-18 18:00
  • pVQ1

> In reply to Saurav @ 2014-08-18 16:06 from 9EBL - click to read20 years ago IBM invented the smartphone, and Apple waited 20 years to copy it?! be reasonable, there are many smartphones before iPhone, from Windows Mobile to Symbian phones, Palm Treo phones and many others.

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  • 2014-08-18 17:06
  • 3YaK

Apple, get real. They may have copied and simplified the idea and got us using apps but no way should they be credited for smartphone innovation. Nokia may not have dominated the smartphone market but its them you have to thank for making it reality.
Do your history!

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  • 2014-08-18 16:44
  • 3DqG

It's true. IBM inventiond smartphon idea but didn't launched it. Apple copied the IBM's idea and launched it with own name

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  • 2014-08-18 16:06
  • 9EBL

In today's mobile technology a mobile which was launched one month before look like a decade old mobile.rapid speed of inovation.

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  • 2014-08-18 15:50
  • bJgi

If its so iconic and first, etc, then Why isn't the phone reperesented in GSMarena?

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  • 2014-08-18 13:52
  • nUv$

waiting for IBM smartphones. it should be trustworthy and quality like apple and htc.

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  • 2014-08-18 13:03
  • uvqY

> In reply to james79 @ 2014-08-17 21:10 from 39xW - click to readthen why are still commenting here ifyou already knew the all about it. We dont have an obligation to you we just post the details we're given.

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  • 2014-08-18 12:42
  • MkXA

> In reply to M-i20 @ 2014-08-18 10:55 from Np94 - click to readits funny how you all the haters mention apple. i think secretly you must like apple as you felt the need to try and slag it off. if you dont like apple then dont comment on it. simple

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  • 2014-08-18 12:41
  • M3Yd

Back in the day ... again !!
Crap-o ! Somebody is getting old here !
Oh well, ain't life grand !!

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  • 2014-08-18 10:55
  • 4DfF

rounded corners, Round control buttons, screen, Speaker, Aerial, Stylus and lots of other cool stuff. IT MUST BE AN APPLE INVENTION. Shame 20 years ago people were already copying crapple...

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  • 2014-08-18 10:55
  • Np94

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