The Evolution of the Telephone

991 WordsApr 16, 20124 Pages
Would American’s lives be the same without having telephones, light, transportation, or labor laws? That’s what Americans would be missing in life without having the Industrial Revolution occurring in history. The Industrial Revolution was a time of changes from working at home to working in factories with machines and engines. There were new inventions, upgrades in machinery, railroads, steamships, and oil booms. The lives of Americans were changed during this time period from 17th century. The Industrial Revolution shaped the U.S. into what it was today. One invention in particular was the telephone; its technological advances throughout the years have continued to explore the imagination. Since its inception, the telephone has…show more content…
From the time of its invention to 1880, there were 50000 subscribers of the telephone. However, it took nearly a hundred years for the system to improve dramatically. The operators were eliminated because the users could now make their own connection without calling the operators first. By the 1960’s - U.S. Telephones total 80,969,000; world's total reaches 159,200,000; telephone companies were forming everywhere and by 1964, some 2,535 companies were in existence. The more the telephones improve, the more the people wanted more from it. In the twentieth century, the telephone is the main medium to reach just about anyone. It is also the favored medium of communication in the business world. Nowadays, the telephone system can be configured to suit a business' needs. At my job for example, the telephone has multiple functions. One is the paging system to reach someone; it can be used to make conference calls to multiple companies at the same time. With the invention of cellular phones, one can be reached anywhere in the world and be connected to the internet; as long as you have a signal of course. Over the centuries, people have been striving towards a fast, reliable means of communication. At first, those gaps were bridged with language, usable in face-to-face encounters and then written language, which could be transported over vast distances, though the timeliness of the message left something to be desired. Some civilizations used
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