Cool History: A Brief Timeline of the Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone in 1876 began the era of communication. Innovators in the 20th century expanded the telephone’s reach across the world and connecting its citizens. By the year 2000, more than a billion people all over the world had gone wireless—using cellular technology to talk and deliver text and photos on lightweight telephones.

In less than two decades, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has revolutionized the telecommunications industry as well. While mobile phones have made headlines as they gradually evolved from expensive bricks to pocket-sized computers, VoIP providers have helped to enhance international and business communication.

Below is a brief timeline to show how we got to where we are today – from the first telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell to the very first VoIP software.

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