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The telephone has a history that precedes Ericsson. Here we present the early development of the telegraph and telephone, and the rise of telephony. Ponder the unique pictures from pioneer times of telephony. Discover the telephone’s entrance to daily home life, the workplace and in literature.

"The telephone is the instrument of the devil"

The telephone was first demonstrated in Stockholm in 1877. At first, phones were found in general stores, telegraph offices and drug stores. 

Awaiting your call

Digitization makes it possible to take samples of the speech signal and to transmit the numerical values corresponding to the sound level. 

Strindberg's telephone tragedy

The story in "Half a sheet of foolscrap," takes place within a few minutes during a day in Stockholm in the early 1900s.