Instructive Facts About Mobile Phones

Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel's networth is $1.5 billion at the age of 24, making him the world's youngest billionaire.

There's more gold in a ton of mobile phones than a ton of gold ore. It takes a ton of ore to get 1g of gold, but you can get the same amount from recycling 41 mobile phones.

Steve Wozniak is a collector of phone numbers. After acquiring the number 888-8888 for his cell phone, it proved to be unusable because babies playing with phones kept on calling it.

In 1992, rapper Mac Dre was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and sentenced to 5 years in prison after he refused a police deal, which was informing law enforcement about his partners. While awaiting trial Mac Dre recorded a full album over the phone, taunting law enforcement officials.

Phones have an asterisk and pound sign because when Bell Labs designed the first touch-tone phone, their system had two tones which were not assigned values. So, they threw in * and #.

The first call ever made on a cell phone was from an engineer named Martin Cooper calling a rival engineer to brag about his accomplishment.

The electricity needed to power an iPhone for a year costs only $0.47.

16% of cell phones are contaminated with E. coli bacteria from fecal matter.

Facebook turned down WhatsApp founder Brian Acton for a job before they bought his app for 19 Billions dollars.

T-Mobile collects the web pages you visit on your T-Mobile phone, even if you are using WiFi and not their network.

The first design of the iPhone was made back as far as 1983, which looks more like the iPad, but with an actual phone attached.

When Android was unveiled in 2007, Nokia was quoted as saying "we don't see this as a threat," and a member of Microsoft's Windows Mobile team stated "I don't understand the impact that they are going to have".

In Japan, mobile phone's camera shutter sound cannot be muted.

In 2011, Fredericton police gave out Pizza Hut coupons to drivers who pulled over to talk on their cell phones.

TV show Scrubs used a real phone number on an episode, that went to a prepaid cell phone the cast would hand around to each other and would answer.

Siri was supposed to be for Android and BlackBerry phones before Siri, Inc. was bought by Apple back in April of 2010.

iPhone game Clash of Clans generates more than $2 million per day, and in three years is valued at more than $3 billion.

The area code for the International Space Station phone (ISS) is a Houston area code, 281.

Mobile phones often have two completely different phone numbers attached to them which are both usable. One is the one you think your number is and the other is called a Mobile Identification Number (MIN), a number your carrier uses to ID you.

Apple spends $236 to make each iPhone 6s Plus device, which it sells for over three times that value at $749. Also, a 64GB iPhone costs Apple about $17 more to make than a 16 GB iPhone, but Apple charges iPhone buyers $100 more for the increased memory.

AT&T installed a fiberoptic splitter at its facility at 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco that makes copies of all emails, web browsing, and other Internet traffic to and from AT&T customers (including data from iPhones and iPads), and provides those copies to the NSA.

A California teenager named Steven Ortiz traded up to an old phone on Craigslist for different items until he eventually acquired a Porsche.

In 2009, Disney-owned Lucasfilm successfully sued Verizon Wireless over their line of Android phones named “DROID” as "droid" is a registered trademark of LucasFilm. Since the Steve Jobs Trust is one of Disney's largest shareholders, Jobs' estate makes money when a DROID is sold.

In late 2004, Samsung had the opportunity to buy Android, but passed on the investment because they did not see any potential. Google acquired it two weeks later.

90 to 95% of mobile phone sales in Japan were waterproof because Japanese young girls are so fond of their mobile phones they even use them in the shower.

A bar owner in the UK once built a Faraday cage around his bar to prevent patrons from using their cell phones.

An iPhone has about 75 elements in it i.e., two-thirds of the periodic table.

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Instructive Facts About Mobile Phones

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