Antonio Meucci’s invention of the telephone in 1871 began the era of telecommunications. Not Alexander Graham Bell’s as many have been taught. This started the telephone timeline that continues to grow to this day. Meucci, a brilliant Italian inventor, filed the first one-year renewable notice of an impending patent of the “teletrofono” on December 28, 1871.
Unfortunately, Meucci’s financial troubles combined with misfortune led to the disappearance of his working telephone models from Western Union Affiliate Laboratory. Alexander Graham Bell ran experiments at the same lab as Meucci. Soon after, he was granted a patent in March 1876, starting our telephone timeline. Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, passed away in October 1889, before Bell’s patent could be dispelled on grounds of fraud.
Telephony's History from 1871 - Present
Telephone Timeline Infographic
This brief timeline of the telephone shows how we got to where we are today. The timeline begins with the first telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell and continues to the very first VoIP software.
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