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April 25, 2018

Ten Mobile Moments in Pop Culture History .

Ten Mobile Moments in Pop Culture History


Jason Johnson

Today marks National Telephone Day, and to celebrate, we’re stepping back in time to remember ten of our favorite mobile device pop culture moments.

1. The Ellen Oscar Selfie

The 86th Academy Awards marked an instant wireless pop culture history moment when Ellen snapped what was then the most retweeted selfie of all-time with almost 3.4 million retweets.

2. Zach Morris’ Brick Cell Phone

We can debate whether Saved by the Bell’s Zack Morris was a good character or not, but we can all certainly agree his cellphone made him a trendsetter.

3. Star Trek Communicator

“Beam me up Scotty!” The inventor of the first handheld mobile phone, Dr. Martin Cooper, said that Star Trek inspired the device.

4. Introduction of Emojis

First invented in Japan, emojis have changed the way we communicate.

5. Derek Zoolander’s and Will Ferrell’s Tiny Phones

The tiny phone in Zoolander was a spoof on the cell phone craze of the early 2000s and how every year, the devices seemed to get smaller. SNL’s Will Ferrell beat Derek to the punchline though.

6. The Devil Wears Prada Phone

While we don’t recommend hurling your cell phone into a fountain in Paris the next time you’re frustrated, how great was it when Andy did it in The Devil Wears Prada?

7. Get Smart Shoe Phone

Possibly one of the most famous spy gadgets and wireless devices was Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone. The phone may have also inspired Sports Illustrated’s more infamous sneaker phone.

8. American Idol Text-to-Vote

A revolutionary milestone in wireless pop culture is the text-to-vote system used to engage American Idol viewers by encouraging them to vote for their favorite contestants. It also inspired a system for disaster donation relief following Hurricane Katrina.

9. Iconic Ringtones

While not just one moment, ringtones have played an important part in our wireless pop culture history. From Jurassic Park to One Missed Call, the notes of famous ringtones have gripped our attention from the big screen.

10. “Show me the money!”

You had me at mobile device. Tom Cruise’s Jerry Maguire screaming, “Show me the money!” into his cell phone is one of the all-time great mobile device moments.

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