Nomophobia and other mobile facts
An early mobile phone. Now available from all good car boot sales.
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Nomophobia and other things you should know…

Everyone in the world seems to have a mobile phone. And they’re all using them in restaurants when they should be talking normally with the person opposite! Are they actually capable of holding a proper conversation? Oh sorry, we’re already ranting! Anyway, during a quiet afternoon at Ebuyer.com, we decided to put together some interesting stuff about mobile phones (including Nomophobia) – so for crying out loud, put your phone down and read this!

First ever mobile

The first ever mobile phone went on sale in the USA in 1983 for the princely sum of $4000 (£3,237 approx). Wait for it… but he couldn’t get a signal. We’ve all been there!

Another downside was that his new phone weighed about a ton, and it was as big as the average family-sized car! But apart from that, it was nice and compact. But to make matters worse, the battery was about the size of a Sherman Tank.

early mobile phone
A very early mobile phone

Moon landing

Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing. That’s what the boffins at NASA say!

Space mobile

There’s a mobile in space. It’s a Google Nexus phone launched in 2013 by researchers from the University of Surrey, to check the resistance of its parts in vacuum conditions. It’s still in space, floating about doing nothing…

Shower power

In Japan, 90% of mobile phones sold are waterproof as youngsters have a habit of using them in the shower. Soap is probably more effective.

nomophobia and other mobile facts
Is now a convenient time to call you?

Wang your mobile

Finland hosts the World Mobile Throwing Championships. The first competition was in the year 2000. The record distance is 97 metres for men and 40 metres for women.

What a day

Apple sold 340,000 iPhones per day in 2012. But wait for this: The Tmall online store in China sold 3,133,000 mobiles in a single day in November 2015. The new Saturday lad must’ve been rushed off his feet stuffin’ them into envelopes.

What a pain

*Mobile phone radiation can cause insomnia, headaches and confusion. It’s a similar effect to watching Manchester United!
(*Source: Karolinska Institute, Sweden)

Nomophobia and more…

Nomophobia is the fear of losing or being without your mobile. This is completely true. And here are a few that we’ve made up: Crapophobia: The fear of British politicians, Heebiejeebiephobia: The fear of being scared of comedy words, Phoebephobia: The fear of Friends TV series, and Yellowbrickroadophobia: The fear of having Elton John in yer house. Oh, and Mobyphobia: The fear of down-tempo music.

Nomophobia and other phobias
Elton John with the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, live in Hull

Mobile mayhem

We check our mobiles on average *150 times per day! And, let’s face it, most of the time nothing interesting has happened when we do. We can feel a pointless Michael Mcintyre routine coming on…
(*Source: Ehorus)

* Prices correct at time of posting.

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