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The Most Popular Phones of All Time

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1. Bell Liquid Telephone
> Manufacturer: Alexander Graham Bell
> Release year: 1876

After successfully completing the liquid telephone on March 10, 1876 following two years of experimentation, Alexander Graham Bell spoke the first words ever transmitted over phone: “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you!”

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2. Bell’s Centennial Telephone
> Manufacturer: Alexander Graham Bell
> Release year: 1876

At the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Bell introduced this telephone to visitors from around the world.

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3. Butterstamp
> Manufacturer: Bell Telephone Company
> Release year: 1878

The first phone with both a receiver and transmitter that could be held in one hand, the butterstamp, was designed in 1877 and put into operation in 1878.

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4. Wall Set
> Manufacturer: Bell Telephone Company
> Release year: 1878

While the butterstamp required users to move one receiver from mouth to ear, later wall sets had separate apparatuses for speaking and receiving.

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5. Blake Transmitter
> Manufacturer: Bell Telephone Company
> Release year: 1880

Inspired by Bell’s invention at the Centennial Exhibition, inventor Francis Blake manufactured a transmitter made of carbon that improved voice clarity.

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