Top 10 things we don’t need to do anymore thanks to mobile phones

Technology is a mesmerising practicality. One of the lasting memories I have is the ground breaking change from rotary dial phones. The film ‘Aliens in the Attic’ showed the impacts of using such a wonderful piece of telecommunications in this modern era, simply put, it took a very long time to dial one number as the rotary system whirred back to its start position. I loved trying to see how fast I could dial numbers by dragging the dialler back up to the start position and dragging it back around again trying to inject the rotary system with super natural powers, unfortunately it made no difference, but it did make me feel like I was dialling quicker, so carried on anyway. One thing we don’t have to do anymore is unwind a knotted telephone cable, cheers to progress.


It’s 40 years today since the first ever call was made using a mobile phone by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper in downtown Manhattan.

Since then, they’ve gone from being cumbersome plastic bricks to slippery panes of glass and most of us can’t imagine our lives without them. Without a doubt, the mobile phone has revolutionised the way we live, making life that bit easier in so many ways.

So what are the top 10 things we no longer have to bother doing now that we have the mobile phone? Find out below…

10. Wait around

True story: when my parents were first dating, they arranged to meet at a service station on the M4, because dates were really romantic back in the 1980s. After waiting for an hour at the service station for my mum to appear, my dad drove home to call her (landline-to-landline) and find out what had…

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