The mobile phone becomes 25 years old

Would you believe that the mobile phone is actually 25 years old? The first mobile phone to ever hit the market, 25 years ago was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x and weighed in at twenty-eight ounces, and was quickly nicknamed “the brick.”

Back then, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x actually commanded a retail price of $3,995. Bob Barnett, the then president of Ameritech Mobile Communications, was the first person to place a commercial wireless call while inside his Chrysler convertible as Soldier Field Chicago, and made the call to the grandson of Alexander Graham Bell in Berlin.

However, it was some ten years earlier that the mobile phone was first invented by Martin Cooper, and made a demo call to Joel Engel while walking along a New York street; at the time, Cooper was the general manager of Motorola’s communications systems division, and Engel was Cooper’s counterpart at AT&T.

Well, the mobile phone has certainly come a long way since “the brick”, I can still remember those cumbersome mobile handsets with the battery being larger than the handset, thank god, or the mobile industry for progression.

Source — sci-tech-today