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Evolution of Cell Phones

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Being able to talk on a cellular phone while driving, used to be a real luxury.

Now it's something lawmakers have banned in some states--due to excessive use.

That doesn't even touch on texting while driving laws.

40 years after the first cell phone call was made, Amber Schatz has more on how the devices have upgraded.

It's hard to believe these early cell-phones are now collectible items at the Heritage Center.

You can see how much this technology has changed even in the last couple of decades.

"We as a state museum, we have to document change in history." says Mark Halvorson, Curator of Collections Research.

Speaking of history, it's been 40 years since the first cell phone call was made.

"This is as alien to my 13-year-old niece, as the threshing machine was to me..." says Halvorson.

Some high school students say they've had cell phones since elementary school, and they're used for so much more than just talking.

"They're convenient to have them around you, but sometimes they can be a distraction..." says Mikala Montgomery, high school sophomore.

"I definitely think the convenience, some people get too absorbed in them, but they're convenient." says Courtney Brackin/Junior.

Someday, even smart phones might end up in a museum.

Talk about 21st century problems!

"A 13-year-old would look at this and say, you've got to be kidding, there's a better way of communicating, a fraction of the weight, a fraction of the size." says Halvorson.

If you have an old cell phone you'd like to end up in the museum, you can contact the Heritage Center, so they can hold on to it for you.

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