R.I.P. to the Analog Telephone

Posted by Natalie DeCario on June 25, 2014 at 8:49 AM
Natalie DeCario

Today we have a pretty awesome infographic on the history of the analog telephone from our friends over at Software Advice, a small business VoIP and telecom consultancy. Everyone knows that there are other telephone options out there that DON’T utilize the great telecommunications innovations we’ve all come to know and love – VoIP (obviously!). But did you realize how far back the history of telephones actually go? Before you start Googling that answer, take a look at the infographic below and you’ll see how everything got its start in 1840.

Craig Borowski, VoIP and telecommunications researcher at Software Advice, was one of the people who worked to gather the information and create the infographic. In his comments below you can see some of the facts that he thought stood out and also, what he thinks about the future of analog telephones.

“The most interesting thing we learned while doing our research is the fact that the telegraph evolved into the telephone. It was fascinating to discover how that evolution took place. For example, as soon as the telegraph was invented, there were people all around the world who immediately started trying to improve it. The inventors kept making improvements in a similar fashion until it made the logical evolution into the analog telephone, and eventually modern-day VoIP technology.”

The trickiest part with designing the timeline was how to conclude it. We felt fairly confident that the current trajectory of analog telephony points to a certain end -- analog has been technologically obsolete for many decades. While we could have ended it at the present day, the FCC is showing signs of releasing big national carriers of their obligations to maintain analog telephone systems. We felt the conclusion we chose was fitting -- it really is only a matter of time.”

Make sure you share this post with your friends so they get their history lesson for the week. :)

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