Join the mobile network run by you! Order your Free giffgaff SIM card and get £5 free credit!

Order your Free giffgaff SIM card via @freegiffgaffsim and get 5 pounds free credit!

Remember You don't get £5 free credit if ordering a SIM directly.
You must top-up your SIM by £10, to activate your SIM go to

freegiffgaffsim Headline Animator

Friday, 18 November 2011

10 things you didn't know about mobile phones

Latest news from the giffgaff blog

10 things you didn't know about mobile phones
by zerodudex333 on 18-11-2011 12:58 - last edited on 18-11-2011 14:36

10 things you (probably) didn't know

Mobile phones grow at such a rate, I find it quite surprising that the vast majority of users have no idea how they work - even when they use it every day!

Because of this mobile phone urban myths spread around all the time, some true and some far from the truth!

Now giffgaffers, I know all of you know a lot about mobile phones so I have a challenge for you.

One of the facts below is actually not a fact. Can you identify which one it is?

1. There are half as many mobile phones as there are people

There are half as many active mobile phone users on the planet as there are people. When you think of third world countries, and countries with little access or knowledge to what a 'mobile phone' is, it is pretty remarkable to have over 3.3 billion active mobiles.

2. They make a LOT of mess!

More than 125 million phones are discarded every year. Given the rate at which people go through cell phones (Koreans replace theirs on average every 11 months), it’s easy to see how this can become a big environmental issue... Not only that, but most mobile phones contain about £5 of gold in them! If you go through a cash2gold service you'll be making about 1p from the gold!

3. Poor America...

In the US of A, if you wish to be on a contract, you'll get your sim card for free. But if you’re not, Walmart charge AT&T sim cards for up to $25!

4. Half of Japan’s Top Fiction Was Written on Mobile Phones

Turning the publishing industry on its head, this trend’s subscriber models are thriving and making significant money for aspiring writers, in turn fuelling the phenomenon. Authors tend to be young women sharing fictionalized aspects of their lives. Five of the top ten Japanese works of fiction in 2007 were written on mobile phones. Don't you just love Japan?

5. Not all mobiles can actually send SMS

That's right, 3 billion are SMS enabled and believe it or not 950 million mobile phones still don’t have SMS capabilities. The first cell phone to get FCC acceptance was released in 1983. The first text message (or 'telenote' as it was originally called) was sent on 3rd December 1992, nine years after the release of the first mobile, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X.

The commercial launch of SMS took place in 1995.

6. Now that's a lot of money...

Cell phone companies spent about 4 million dollars in the 1980s to develop three additional musical notes so that each number would have its own unique sound.

7. Text your google search

For the price of sending a text message, you can unleash the power of Google without having to open a Web browser. Just text GOOGL (46645) to get access to much of the search giant's most useful information, including addresses and phone numbers, word definitions, numeric and other conversions, weather, and even sports scores.

For example, you can text Google for all sorts of conversions, too. For example, if you want to convert pounds to kilograms, or pounds to dollars, or even find out the number of miles in a light-year, text GOOGL and enter your definition.

You'll receive a text back with the answer faster than you can say '2.1133764188651876'. To convert foreign currency at the current exchange rate, text: £1 in euros (the three-letter abbreviation for different currencies also works, such as 100 GBP in EUR).

Unfortunately this doesn't work with goodybags. Anyone got any credit to see if this will work on giffgaff?

8. Texting has become a major form of Cyber-bullying

According to this guide

Technology allows the user to bully anonymously or from an unknown location, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No place, not even a bedroom provides sanctuary from the intrusion of a threatening text message or an abusive e-mail. Cyber-bullying leaves no physical scars so it is, perhaps, less evident to a parent or teacher, but it is highly intrusive and the hurt it causes can be very severe.

Young people are particularly adept at adapting to new technology - an area that can often seem a closed world to adults. For example, the numerous acronyms used by young people in chat rooms and in text messages (POS - Parents Over Shoulder, TUL - Tell You Later) make it difficult for adults to recognise potential threats.

9. No need for sleep, we've got mobile phones!

The peak hours for texting are between 10.30pm and 11.00pm. Most of these are teens are supposed to be in 'bed'. Are you up late, texting away?

10. textarama

On average, 11 million messages are currently sent every hour in Britain.

That's around 3,055 every second!

Various articles say that there is one baby born every 3-8 seconds around the world…

If every time someone sent a text a robot was born (3,055 robots every second), we'd have a problem on our hands...

I hope you have found this interesting, and have learnt something from it :smileyhappy:


Order a free giffgaff mobile SIM card. Unlimited texts for only £5 or 250 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited mobile Internet for only £10. Want a iPhone4 compatible giffgaff microSIM? order one from Web: Twitter: Facebook:

No comments:

Post a Comment