Telephones have been the only source of voice communication for over a century now. Telephone is a communication device whose primary objective is to allow two people separated by large distances to talk to each other. The first operational telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in the mid 1870s, later various other features and concepts were added to Graham Bell’s telephone model by various other scientists to enhance the performance. Over the past century, the telephone models and the communication system have undergone dramatic changes for the good, consequently raising the standards of point-to-point communication.
In the late 1890s, the telephones used for point-to-point communication were called as the candlestick telephones, which came with or without a rotary dial, and with a ringer box. Then in the late 1900s came the rotary dial phones, which usurped the candlestick phones; the rotary dial phone was designed to send electrical pulses in accordance to the number dialed. The rotary dial phone was slowly replaced by dual-tone multi-frequency pushbutton dial phones.
Since the late 1990s century, there came the new age of computers and Internet, which revolutionized the field of communication and with it the operating methods of telephones. The communication methods had changed by then, with the traditional wireline communication methods being replaced by the wireless and satellite communication methods. As for telephones, the rotary dial phones were being replaced by hardware based IP phones and mobile phones. The old phones did not offer much in terms of features, but today’s wireless digital phones and hardware based IP phones, come with fully loaded features.
The present day digital and wireless telephones come with an array of features such as:
•Anonymous call rejection.
•Call waiting with caller ID.
•Selective call acceptance.
•Selective call acceptance.
Almost all the present day telephone service providers offer these features along with their telephone service; one such provider is Charter Telephone, which is telephone service provided by Charter Communications. It is certain that there will be a whole lot features added to these features in the future, as the traditional wired communication methods are being supplanted by wireless communication methodologies.
On the other hand, the mobile communication space has been growing rapidly such that traditional telephone systems are being considered outdated. Mobile phone communication has offered an even larger array of features when compared to digital telephones. The mobile communication methodology which is enabled by mobile phones offer entertainment options, photographic options, connectivity options, and communication on the go. The wireless telephone technology which started in the early 1980s has also come a long way right from 1G first generation wireless technologies to today’s 3G third generation wireless telephone technologies. It is even going further with 4G fourth generation wireless telephone technologies and LTE networks. Whatever be the case, the point-to-point communication have become integral in everyday human lives, and communication technologies, features, and methods are certain to undergo even further developments in the coming years.