Wednesday, 3 April 2013

40th Anniversary Of The First Mobile Phone Call

40th Anniversary Of The First Mobile Phone Call 

It was 40 years ago today that the first phone call on a mobile phone was made. On April 3rd 1973, Motorola held a demonstration in New York at which Martin Cooper reportedly called competitors in AT&T on the device to say "I'm ringing you just to see if my call sounds good at your end". The press release which came out following the demonstration boasted that “the unit weighs less than three pounds” and that it would allow for phones to be used while “riding in a taxi, walking down the city’s streets, sitting in a restaurant or anywhere else a radio signal can reach.”

The devise was nine inches tall with 35 minutes of battery life for every 10 hours of charging. It was released for general sale in 1983 with a price tag of $3,995

Mike Short, an expert from the Institution of Engineering and Technology said “Since its first use 40 years ago, the mobile phone has completely changed our lives”. He explained that originally “It was made for men in suits in business, whereas consumerisation followed much later. According to Short, the two most significant developments in mobile phone technology have been the widespread availability of devices and their ability to access the internet.

Today 5.2 billion people own a mobile phone whereas only 4.1 billion own a toothbrush.......................we'll leave you to think about that :) 

Martin Cooper with the first mobile phone which we made the call from in 1973

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1 comment:

  1. Hahaha look at the size of that phone. To think we have come all the way to having voip phone system. Technology is improving everyday at an insane rate.