Today Is GSM's 20th Birthday -- Here's A Video Of The First GSM Phone Call

GSM, the technology that makes approximately 80% of the world’s mobile devices usable for phone calls and internet access, has been in use for 20 years as of today.

Believe it or not, the very first GSM phone call was caught on videotape as part of a Finnish press event in 1991.

Watch as they remark at how exciting it is that there’s no background noise on the line — it’s a healthy sense of perspective to see how cutting-edge this was.

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