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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

38 Years Since The First Mobile Phone

The mobile phone has changed the lives of many people over the past 15 years, when it began to be used globally. But, few know that the first prototype was built 38 years ago in New York.
More specifically, the first phone call ​​by a person walking on the streets was made ​​in 1973, in the year when the U.S. Army announced its withdrawal from Vietnam.

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On April 3, Martin Cooper, who was then 44 years, used the first prototype mobile phone on the streets of New York. As expected, the reaction of those who saw him with the device in hand was one of total bewilderment, confusion and “gape “.  Cooper is now 82 and he told the Daily Mail publication about how Americans reacted:

As I walked down the street while talking on the phone, sophisticated New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while making a phone call.
I made numerous calls, including one where I crossed the street while talking to a New York radio reporter – probably one of the more dangerous things I have ever done in my life.” 

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But it had to pass a while until Mr. Cooper’s vision could have been applied at a global scale. Those where the years when only the rich ones could have phones inside their luxurious cars.
The first mobile phone that Martin Cooper created was weighing approximately 2.5 lbs., something that would now be regarded as a “brick”. Ten years have passed until Motorola managed to commercialize and distribute Dyna-TAC.

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DynaTAC 8000X had the following characteristics:

  • weighed around 1lb
  • the lifespan of the battery in standby was up to 8 hours and 30 minutes of talking time
  • took 10 hours for a full charge
  • the price was around 3500$
  • had a length of 13.5 inchs- had 9 buttons: recall, clear, send, store, function, end, power, lock, volume
  • had a basic display and could store up to 30 numbers