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Mastering Mobile Learning by Chad Udell

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Chapter 23Voice and Messaging for Mobile Learning

Chad Udell

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With all the really cool things mobile devices can do, it’s very easy to overlook their original function—communication. More specifically, mobile devices were originally created primarily for voice communication. The first cell phones in the early 1970s didn’t have LED screens, QWERTY keyboards, or touchscreens. They were created to make voice calls. When Martin Cooper unveiled the Motorola cell phone in 1973, he made a voice call to rival Joel Engel at Bell Labs (Ziegler, 2012). No text message, no email. These phones didn’t have cameras on them or any sort of extra features we ...

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