Sometimes we forget just how much technology has transformed over the last 20 years, especially in the way we get information about and communicate with the world. Twenty years ago, most people made calls on land lines, many used pagers to receive messages on the go, and only the wealthy had actual mobile phones. Today, nearly everyone in the world has a cell phone subscription and our phones and tablets have all but replaced our desktop and laptop computers.

This means two things for education, as we see it. First, this explosion in mobile technology will certainly create an explosion in technology jobs, and this means a big opportunity for those with technology or engineering degrees.

Second, this means that students in online degree programs can access their classes from anywhere they have their mobile device.

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Our newest infographic gives brief glimpse into just how much phones and mobile technology have evolved over the last 30 years:

technology degrees mobile phone tablet timeline

Infographic Transcript
On November 18, 1963, the first electronic push-button system with Touch-Tone dialing was offered by Bell Telephone to customers in Carnegie and Greensburg,Pennsylvania.
The first commercial automated cellular network was launched in Japan by NTT in 1979.
Analog Motorola DynaTAC 8000X Advanced Mobile Phone System mobile phone as of 1983.
1996 – Motorola StarTAC was the first clamshell cellular phone. Also one of the first display screens featured on a cell.
1996 – The Nokia 9000 Communicator becomes the first smartphone series.
The original iPhone was released in June 2007.
1998 – The Fujitsu Stylistic 2300 is the first smartphone and the first to offer color touchscreen
The Apple iPad is release in 2010 and popularizes tablets for the general public.
There are 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, estimates The International Telecommunication Union(February 2013). That is equivalent to 96 percent of the world population.
68.8 percent of smartphones shipped in 2012, shipped with Google’s free Android OS. That is more than three times the number shipped with Apple’s iOS (18.8 percent).
Credit Suisse predicts that there will be close to 1 billion smartphones will be sold in 2014.


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