Wireless History Timeline - 2000s
One billionth Wi-Fi chipset is sold.
Palm Software Store (January), BlackBerry App World (April), Nokia Ovi Store (May), Palm App Catalog (June) and Windows Mobile Marketplace (July) app stores open.
Wireless subscribers use more than 6.2 billion minutes per day and send and receive more than 5 billion SMS messages per day.
There are more than 285.6 million U.S. wireless subscriber connections which is approximately 91% of the total U.S. population.
October 13 marks the 25th anniversary of commercial wireless communications and the launch of the Wireless History Foundation.
iTunes Application Store (July) and Android Market (October) open.
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.
iPhone launches, spurring dramatic handset innovation.
Google announces on October 9 that it has bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.
Aircell successfully bids $31.3 million for FCC air-to-ground broadband frequency license.
Wi-Fi chipset shipments top 100M annually.
Subscribers use more than 1.5 trillion voice minutes and send and receive more than 81 billion SMS messages.
Subscribership reaches nearly 208 million, which is approximately 69% of the total U.S. population.
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.
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.
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.
The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association™ changes its name to CTIA-The Wireless Association®.
With the Secondary Markets Order, the FCC creates a “secondary market” which permits licensees to lease any amount of their spectrum.
Camera phones are first introduced in the U.S. market.
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.
The average wireless consumer uses his or her phone for 320 minutes per month.
The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association™ merges with the Wireless Data Forum to become the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association™.
Digital wireless users outnumber analog subscribers.
Wireless subscribership in America exceeds 100 million, totaling approximately 38% of the U.S. population.