writes: "MIT's Technology Review has a short article claiming "were it not for regulatory red tape, cell phones might have been available...in the 1960s"
Despite the basics of cellular technology being developed in 1947, FCC regulation kept cellular on-hold until 1975. While modern cellphones are clearly more advanced (900 MHz) than anything that could have been developed in the 60's, clearly we could have had VHF or UHF band cellular phones."
Interesting to speculate what things such regulation may have prevented, as well as what developments they've spurred. (In Sabrina
, though, Linus Larrabee has a radio phone in his car, and so did Alfred Hitchcock in the Three Investigators
books. But I
certainly couldn't have had any kind of radio phone then.)