Could you imagine a world where mobile phones never existed? Mobile phones, more specifically smartphones, have rapidly become a piece of technology that we have become dependent on over the past few years – assisting with everyday tasks whilst keeping us connected with whomever we wish to communicate with.

It would be a strange thought to live in a world without our mobile phones… However, this world was a reality for everyone, and that time wasn’t as long ago as you might think.

Going back to 1973, the first ever mobile phone was released to the world, offering users the capability to communicate using the first of its kind in advanced technology to speak with other users despite their locations.

Furthermore, the first ever smartphone was invented in 1992 and released for purchase to the public in 1994. Smartphones took an advanced step forward in mobile phone technology, now offering communication on the go with the added extras of features and entertainment.

The advancement of the smartphone

What makes a phone, a smartphone? A smartphone is a phone which allows users to do more than make phone calls and send text messages. A smartphone can browse the internet, run software programs and so much more. Smartphones traditionally use a touch screen which allows users to interact with the display – making content more reactive and engaging.

From the beginning, with the launch of the first smartphone in 1994, the technology has developed over the past few years to evolve into the recognizable devices we are all familiar with today. Smartphones have easily become a direct extension of us – most of us ensure that we are always carrying our smartphones everywhere we go. To the point where if we do not have our phones on our person, it tends to feel we are missing a part of ourselves.

From the first ever smartphone, the development in this technology has advanced leaps and bounds. In such a short space of time, the smartphone has gone from your basic phone, with features such as touchscreen, email capability and a handful of built-in apps including a calculator and a sketch pad. Fast forward not that many years, the advancement in more modern smartphones has skyrocketed to become what we all know and use today. Modern smartphones’ features include internet access, camera and image storage, millions of multi-purpose downloadable applications and so many more features which vary from phone to phone.

Finding the right smartphone for you

As stated, most people value their smartphones as if they were an extension of themselves. So, it should be said that you should take care of your phone in a similar way you care for yourself. Your smartphone should be kept charged, clean and updated to ensure it functions at its utmost efficient level of service.

It is also important to find a provider who can supply you with the ideal smartphone for your needs. When you find a trusted provider most of your smartphone worries can slip away, knowing that if you do encounter any issues your provider will be on hand to support your needs.

Traveling with your mobile phone

With the Easter holidays just around the corner, and travel restrictions easing, people are keen to get on the plane and soak up some sunshine. Taking time away from the office when you run a business can be daunting and with most major networks introducing daily roaming charges again, keeping costs low as well as having the flexibility to run your business wherever you are, can be a real advantage.

O2 is keeping inclusive roaming so that our business customers can travel to European destinations and use data, calls and texts as you do in the UK. With our unlimited data packages, not only can you work without limits in the UK, but you can take the office abroad and embrace the ‘hybrid holiday’ without worry. Talk to us today to find out how our e-sims and unlimited mobile data packages have you covered, wherever you are.

*Relax with EU roaming at no extra charge, up to 35GB*

We at Southern Communications are proud to offer fantastic mobile and smartphone deals across a variety of different providers and models. Additionally, you can worry even less with our immediate cover insurance plans which cover you from loss, breakage and even theft.

To avoid any business mobile challenges, make sure you speak with one of our mobile experts to ensure you get the most out of your devices.

Contact us on 01256 391 046 or email

*Pricing information correct as at 9th March 2022, please contact us for the latest information*