Wireless History Timeline - 2000s

2009

One billionth Wi-Fi chipset is sold.

2009

Palm Software Store (January), BlackBerry App World (April), Nokia Ovi Store (May), Palm App Catalog (June) and Windows Mobile Marketplace (July) app stores open.

2009

Wireless subscribers use more than 6.2 billion minutes per day and send and receive more than 5 billion SMS messages per day.

2009

There are more than 285.6 million U.S. wireless subscriber connections which is approximately 91% of the total U.S. population.

2008

October 13 marks the 25th anniversary of commercial wireless communications and the launch of the Wireless History Foundation.

2008

iTunes Application Store (July) and Android Market (October) open.

2008

There are more than 270 million wireless subscribers who use more than 2.2 trillion minutes; more than 1 trillion SMS messages are sent and received in the U.S.

2007

iPhone launches, spurring dramatic handset innovation.

2006

Google announces on October 9 that it has bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.

2006

Aircell successfully bids $31.3 million for FCC air-to-ground broadband frequency license.

2005

Wi-Fi chipset shipments top 100M annually.

2005

Subscribers use more than 1.5 trillion voice minutes and send and receive more than 81 billion SMS messages.

2005

Subscribership reaches nearly 208 million, which is approximately 69% of the total U.S. population.

2005

Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 enables Digital TV Transition and directs auctioning of 700 MHz of spectrum licenses. Auction concludes March, 2006, raising almost $19 billion for the U.S. Treasury.

2005

Spurred by the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the wireless industry, together with the American Red Cross, develops the national Text 2Help Initiative, which allows customers to donate $5 via text message in the event of a major disaster.

2004

Congress enacts the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act, creating the Spectrum Relocation Fund to recover the costs associated with relocating radio communication systems from certain bands.

2004

The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association™ changes its name to CTIA-The Wireless Association®.

2003

With the Secondary Markets Order, the FCC creates a “secondary market” which permits licensees to lease any amount of their spectrum.

2002

Camera phones are first introduced in the U.S. market.

2001

November 8, FCC votes to raise CMRS spectrum limits for individual carriers from 45 MHz to 55 MHz, and subsequently eliminate cap in January 2003.

2001

The average wireless consumer uses his or her phone for 320 minutes per month.

2000

The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association™ merges with the Wireless Data Forum to become the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association™.

2000

Digital wireless users outnumber analog subscribers.

2000

Wireless subscribership in America exceeds 100 million, totaling approximately 38% of the U.S. population.