Forty years ago today back in 1973, senior Motorola engineer Marty Cooper made the first ever cell phone call to Joel Engel, the head of the research department at Bell Labs. Cooper used his Motorola DynaTAC 8000x to make the call.
Back on April 3, 1973, the DynaTac 8000X weighed 2.5 pounds and sold for $3,995 ($9,200 in today’s dollars). The DynaTak, which was an abbreviation for Dynamic Total Area Coverage, featured an LED display and took almost 10 hours to fully charge.
If you thought buying the phone was expensive, fifteen years later in 1988, my cell phone bill started at $100 per month, plus about $1.50 a minute.
· The first flip phone, called the MicroTac, was introduced by Motorola in 1989.
· Motorola’s StarTac was launched in 1996 as the first clamshell phone.
If that doesn’t blow you away… CERN’s announcement in that the World Wide Web would be free for public use will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in less than a month from now (April 30, 1993)!