Timeline of the telephone

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This timeline of the telephone covers landline, radio, and cellular telephony technologies and provides many important dates in the history of the telephone.


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Charles Bourseul
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Johann Philipp Reis
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Elisha Gray
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Thomas Edison
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Alexander Graham Bell
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Thomas Augustus Watson
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Tivadar Puskás
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Emile Berliner
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Charles Sumner Tainter
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Theodore Newton Vail

1667 to 1875

1876 to 1878

1879 to 1919

1920 to 1969

1970 to 1999

2000 to present

See also


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  2. Giles, Arthur (editor). County Directory of Scotland (for 1901-1904): Twelfth Issue: Telephone (Scottish Post Office Directories), Edinburgh: R. Grant & Son, 1902, p. 28.
  3. Text of Meucci's Caveat, pages 16-18.
  4. Bruce (1990), pages 144-145.
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  7. Josephson, p. 143.
  8. John Lossing, Woodrow Wilson. Harpers' Encyclopædia Of United States From 458 A. D. To 1905, Harper & Brothers, 1905. Original from Pennsylvania State University, Digitized: 25 June 2009.
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  10. Josephson, p. 146.
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  12. Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates the newly invented telephone
  13. "pdf, Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Sir Thomas Biddulph, February 1, 1878". Library of Congress. Retrieved 14 January 2020. The instruments at present in Osborne are merely those supplied for ordinary commercial purposes, and it will afford me much pleasure to be permitted to offer to the Queen a set of Telephones to be made expressly for her Majesty's use.
  14. Early Manchester Telephone Exchanges Archived 7 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  15. 1 2 3 4 "Development of Telephone". The Advertiser . Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 21 June 1933. p. 5. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  16. StowgerNet Museum. BTMC And ATEA—Antwerp's Twin Telephone Companies, StowgerNet Telephone Museum website. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  17. Bob's Old Phones. European Bell and Western Electric Phones, Bob's Old Phones website. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  18. Bruce 1990, pg. 336
  19. Jones, Newell. First 'Radio' Built by San Diego Resident Partner of Inventor of Telephone: Keeps Notebook of Experiences With Bell Archived 4 September 2006 at archive.today , San Diego Evening Tribune, 31 July 1937. Retrieved from the University of San Diego History Department website, 26 November 2009.
  20. Bruce 1990, pg.338
  21. Carson 2007, pg.76-78
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  23. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 The Magic of Communication. Bell Telephone System. October 1953.
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  26. "A centenary of Christmas phone calls".
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  31. "Washington Hails The Test: Operator There Puts Through the Calls as Scientists Watch", The New York Times, 8 April 1927, pg. 20 (subscription)
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  35. 1 2 "Push-button telephone chips" (PDF). Wireless World : 383. August 1970.
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  41. United States House Resolution 269.
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