Are You the Next Mobile Phone Trivia Master?

With mobile phone manufacturers around the world revving up for the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona from 27 February through 1 March, leaks, sneaks and peeks at the next-gen smartphones are running amok. To give ourselves a break from the dizzying speed of press releases, unnamed source quotes and pockets full of conjecture, let’s relax with some funny, weird, wacky and maybe, interesting facts surrounding mobile phones. Without peeking at the answers at the bottom of the page, how many of the five questions at the top of the page can you answer correctly – the first time?

Read each question, write down or choose among you the correct answer, then proceed to the next question. Answer all five before peeking at the answers!

Are you ready? Are you sure? Okay, brace yourself:


  1. If the average highest-setting shutter speed on a smartphone is 1/60 of a second, and that setting is 1,728,000 times faster than the very first camera ever invented, how long did that first camera take to capture an image?

  2. Pay close attention to this one, and take your time: If you sat under a windmill 10.2 kilometers due east of the center of Granite City, Oklahoma, while you were texting your bff who was sitting under a windmill that is precisely 22.516 kilometers West-Southwest of the exact center of Ireland, what code would you text on a lower bandwidth to interrupt the electromagnetic field and rotate the two windmills in opposite directions from each other?

  3. Why is the digit 6 never found on a Nokia handset in China?

  4. The number of mobile phones as preferred communication devices is quickly gaining on land lines in many countries around the world. What continent has the most nations, states or provinces with more mobile phones than land lines?

    And lastly, for technology history buffs:

  5. Why are Tweets so short when text messages can be longer?



  1. Since the initial ratio is 1,728,000:1, the first camera ever made took eight hours to capture an image. [Formula: 1,728,000 one-sixtieths divided by 60 sixtieths/sec divided by 60 sec/min divided by 60 min/hr equals 8 hours.]

  2. Take your pick, or send none at all: They already have opposite rotations. Ireland is the only place in the world where windmills naturally rotate clockwise; those in all other places rotate counter- or anti-clockwise.

  3. It’s another trick question: The digit 4 is not found on Nokia mobile phones in China because it’s considered an unlucky number in many parts of East and Southeast Asia.

  4. No, this isn’t another one of those tricky text twisters. Africa tops the list with more than 30 nations whose mobile phones in use exceed the number of  land line models.

  5. Twitter uses the same basic technology that SMS messages do. Inventor Friedhelm Hillebrand, while working for GSM, played around on his typewriter to determine a “perfectly acceptable” message length of 160 characters. All other manufacturers were ordered to maintain that standard if they wished to use the technology. Although that technology evolved and expanded, Twitter still uses that same 140-character, plus 20 for the user name, standard in Hillebrand’s honor.

So how many of these did you get right? Are you the new Mobile Phone Trivia Master?

by Jaye Ryan, who loves to write about mobile technology and mobile phones. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?