• “Ahoy” was the original telephone greeting suggested by Alexander Graham Bell. This was later superseded by Thomas Eddison who suggested “Hello”.
  • The origin of the phrase ‘to put someone on hold’ came from Alexander Graham Bell handing over his telephone instrument to his partner Mr Watson and saying, “here, hold this”.
  • Britain’s first mobile phone call was made in January 1985 by veteran comedian Ernie Wise
  • There are 6bn active mobile phones in the world, this figure is expected to increase beyond the global population to 7.3bn by 2014.
  • 1.75bn mobile phones were sold in 2012.