Telephone

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See also: Communications | Audio | Data | Network

Global, electronic, analog and digital communication network useful for both audio and data exchange. The telephone was patented in 1876. This invention was to change personal communications forever. Because the telephone network is accessed by billions of people there remains a large degree of user anonymously and obscurity.

The telephone first become popular with computer users accessing a BBS with a dialup modem. Today many people use a telephone service to access a range of internet services.

Telephone handsets can be a breeding pool for germs. A recent study revealed the average phone has over 25 000 germs per square inch, compared to the average toilet seat with just 49 germs per square inch.

The regular land-based hard-wired phone service is facing competition from other sources of voice communications like internet telephony and mobile audio applications including 3G.

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