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Happy 40th Birthday Mobile Phone

Forty years ago today innovative American engineer Marty Cooper made the first mobile phone call from a mobile cellular handset designed by Motorola. The call took place on April 3rd 1973 and lasted a grand total of 20 minutes, before the burden that still bugs many mobile phone users these days, battery life, ended the call.

The device that would set users back $3995 came 10 years later in 1983, after a long battle fighting against concerns regarding interference with air traffic signals. The technology was cleared by the US Federal Communications Commissions and hit the consumer market in September 1983 and soon became an icon is 80’s pop culture, despite its hefty price tag. The Motorola DynaTAC 800X was the world’s first consumer mobile phone.

The innovation was the start of the on going journey from giant, kilo heavy, and now regarded as comic mobile phone handsets to the sleek, light, multifunction handheld devices that billions of us worldwide rely on today. The drastic changes that the mobile phone has seen over the last 4 decades beg the question, what next for the mobile phone?


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