25 years of cell phones Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 12:10 pm. PTWritten by Jim Dalrymple Hmmm, something big seems to have happened around 2007. Wonder what that could have been? David Bailey actually looks like they were almost two years late to respond (read: copy) to iPhone. mangochutney The fact that I know even 1/6th of these cell phones by name scares me somehow.Still, the evolution, or lack thereof until 2007 is interesting. Equally interesting is how cellphones for the Japanese market took even longer to fall in line with the “one big screen” type of design.