When you are sailing on a cruise ship, how to communicate with other passengers onboard.
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WATCH the video and see how to stay in-touch with traveling companions along with friends, family and business associates onshore. Why take a look at the video? Because it will give free ways to communicate and the best ways to handle keeping touch. The video blog post provided some great hints. Like using WhatsApp and a way to handle at no cost your calls and texts ashore on the iPhone.
A brief history of communication and ship use from 1896 to the Intenet in 1983.
- 1896: Radio: The first radio signals were transmitted in 1896 by Guglielmo Marconi, though the sounds only traveled about a mile. Still, the possibility of transmitting radio waves held so much potential. About two years later, the first radio broadcast was made by Marconi by broadcasting the results of a sporting event to the office of a local newspaper.
- 1914: First North American Transcontinental Telephone Calling: Although symbolically, Alexander Graham Bell calling his San Francisco-based assistant from New York is recorded as the first North American transcontinental phone call for the history books, it was actually tested about six months earlier, in the summer of 1914.
- 1927: Television: Among all of the advances in transmitting sound, 21-year-old Philo Farnsworth wanted to create a system that could capture moving images and transmit them to other devices. The first image transmitted by means of the television was a single line.
- 1927: First Commercial Radio-Telephone Service, U.K.-U.S.: In January of 1927, a little less than a year after the first transatlantic telephone call was made, it was implemented for commercial use. There were some issues along the way, such as fading and interference, not to mention the very high cost.
- 1930: First Experimental Videophones: With great success in transmitting audio and video, in 1930, AT&T combined them by using the early technology of the television and proven methods of transmitting audio.
- 1934: First Commercial Radio-Telephone Service, U.S.-Japan: Now that communication across the Atlantic Ocean had become more commonplace, it was time to communicate over the Pacific Ocean. Because of the great distance, some of the problems that had come up with the first transatlantic telephone calls repeated themselves, namely radio interference and high cost.
- 1936: World’s First Public Videophone Network: The first public videophone network was set up at a trade fair in Nazi Germany. Needless to say, its use was limited to people of Aryan descent.
- 1946: Limited-Capacity Mobile Telephone Service for Automobiles: The first call from a car was made in the summer of 1946. Since these bulky phones were expensive to install and most people deemed them to be unnecessary, not a lot of people had them.
- 1956: Transatlantic Telephone Cable: To reduce the cost of transatlantic phone calls, a 36-circuit wire was installed stretching from Newfoundland to Scotland.
- 1962: Commercial Telecommunications Satellite: In 1962, the Commercial Telecommunications Satellite Act was passed, allowing satellites to be sent into space to aid in telecommunications worldwide.
- 1964: Fiber-Optic Telecommunications: Fiber-optic telecommunications brought back Bell’s idea of using light waves to assist in telecommunications. Fiber-optic communications were better for communication over long distances due to less loss in signal strength compared to metal wires.
- 1965: First North American Public Videophone Network: The videophone had been in development for decades by the time it was finally released to the public in North America. Despite all of the time, research, and effort that went into its development, it never found a market among the general public.
- 1969: Computer Networking: The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, or ARPANET, was one of the first foundations of the Internet. The first successful message was transmitted in October of 1969, which was simply the word “login.” By December of 1969, four connections were made on the ARPANET.
- 1973: First Modern-Era Mobile (Cellular) Phone: The first cell phone call took place between Martin Cooper and his rival, Joel Engel, who worked at AT&T. Cooper simply told Engel that he was calling from a real cell phone. Although the first cell phone was a huge deal, it wasn’t ready for the general public just yet: It was unreasonably big for daily use, and it took 10 hours to recharge after only half an hour of use.
- 1979: INMARSAT Ship-to-Shore Satellite Communications: Since satellite use had been made permissible in 1962, it allowed for safe ship-to-shore communication for seamen and ship passengers who happened to need to communicate with someone on land.
- 1981: First Mobile (Cellular) Phone Network: The first cell phone network was launched in 1979 in Tokyo, Japan, and by 1981, it had expanded throughout the country. Meanwhile, communication improved in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden by means of the Nordic Mobile Telephone system.
- 1982: SMTP Email: As more computers were being connected by means of ARPANET, interest increased in finding ways to communicate with one another. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, or SMTP, email was first implemented in 1982 by Jon Postel.
- 1983: Internet: The Internet officially came into existence on Jan. 1, 1983. While ARPANET had made it possible to transmit data between multiple computers on the same network, switching from its previous network protocols to Internet Protocol (IP) allowed for researchers to assemble a “network of networks” to compile what we now know as today’s Internet.
- 1998: Mobile Satellite Hand-Held Phones: A company called Iridium launches a satellite phone network, allowing people all over the world to make phone calls from anywhere, whether or not a working cellular network is present there. While this technology is still useful in far-flung locations or during disasters when cell networks don’t work, by the time Iridium launched its product, cell phones were widely available and much cheaper, and sales could not make up for the massive investment they had made to get their system up and running.
- 2003: VoIP Internet Telephony: Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, is a relatively recent technology that has made calling over long distances affordable for almost everyone in the world.