A fact widely accepted by experts is that the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x is the world’s first mobile phone. But what if there was a device much before that? A video on YouTube of a woman talking into a wireless device in 1938 has suddenly brought this topic back under the spotlight.
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The video titled ‘Time Traveler in 1938 film’, has been viewed more than 1,000,000 times and shows a woman in a 30’s dress talking in to a device held to her ear. According to a report on Daily Mail UK, the woman in the video is named Gertrude Jones and the device she is using is a pre-war prototype of a mobile phone developed by a communications factory in Leominster, Massachusetts. Also Read - Google, YouTube, Gmail suffered massive outage last night: Here’s what happened
The video was first posted an year back, when it created quite the rage among bloggers who claimed that time travel was somehow possible seeing how a woman was using a device much before it was invented. Though the topic slowly faded out, it is back under the spotlight after a user called ‘planetcheck’ has come forward claiming that he knows the woman in the video.
The user said, “The lady you see is my great grandmother Gertrude Jones. She was 17-years-old. I asked her about this video and she remembers it quite clearly. She says Dupont had a telephone communications section in the factory.”
“They were experimenting with wireless telephones. Gertrude and five other women were given these wireless phones to test out for a week. Gertrude is talking to one of the scientists holding another wireless phone who is off to her right as she walks by,” he adds.
There is no way to confirm if indeed this user is saying the truth cause if is, then the first mobile was developed bearly 40 years before Motorolla’s DynaTAC 8000x. You can see the video below and decide for yourself.