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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Pocket-Caller  
  Private communication device that fits in your pocket.  

Just because pocket-sized smartphones did not exist, you shouldn't assume that people didn't think about the features they might have.

His left hand reached into a side pocket, touched a flat oval device, smaller than his palm and pressed a stud. A mechanism began to purr. It was a pocket-caller, tuned to beams of certain other devices of the same sort.
From The Worlds of Tomorrow, by Manly Wade Wellman.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1940
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