Why the Mobile Phone Museum's mission is to preserve the history of handsets

The 2022 Mobile Industry Awards (MIAs) will celebrate the people, the organisations, and the innovations that have made it yet another year to remember for the world of

mobility. It’s also the event’s twentieth anniversary, and it’s fair to say a lot has changed since 2002. The past two decades have seen the mobile phone transform from a

device that can make calls, send texts, and play Snake into pocket-sized computers that are an essential companion for everyday life. But the history of the mobile phone

goes back much further – the first mobile phone call was made in 1985 and the first SMS text message was sent in 1992. This means the UK industry is nearing its fortieth birthday,

during which time a lot of devices have been manufactured, bought, and abandoned. The Mobile Phone Museum Technology is characterised by constant change, and it is only

natural that consumers are attracted to the newest, flashiest products on the shelves. Devices that are deemed obsolete are often shoved inside a drawer, gathering dust, never to

be thought of again. But as the mobile industry matures, its legacy becomes even more important. The mobile phone is the most dominant consumer electronic category in the

world, subsuming the camera, camcorder, Dictaphone, music player, torch, compass, wallet, watch, calculator, alarm clock, and arguably for some people the personal

computer. This evolution didn’t just happen overnight. There is a long history of innovation in feature sets and design that is worth documenting and preserving – and that’s

where the Mobile Phone Museum comes in.