Last week marked the 30th anniversary of the first portable cellular phone.
The first cellular call was placed on April 3, 1973 by Martin Cooper, the general manager of Motorola's Communications Systems Division those days.
The first model was a "brick"-like 30-ounce phone. As time went by, models became smaller and more portable of course.
Motorola introduced the 16-ounce "DynaTAC" phone into commercial service in 1981, with each phone costing the consumer US$3,500. It took seven additional years before there were a million subscribers in the United States. Today, there are more cellular subscribers than wireline phone subscribers in the world, with mobile phones weighing as little as 3 ounces.
(source: The Cell Phone is 30 Years Old)
A bit of a personal note:
My first phone was an Alpha model (I think it was Motorola, but I'm actually not sure), then I switched to an Ericsson phone which I really liked:
Then I got my first Samsung phone which was a great phone as well, that was the time where I noticed usability is the most important part in a cellphone. Then I switched to smartphones: Windows Mobile devices (HTC), Palm, BlackBerries, more Windows Mobile phones, iPhones, Android phones, WP7 phones… anything goes…
I never owned a Nokia phone (although I had few chances to work with ones)
I never owned an Android phone (I used a few, but never longer than 1-2 months, as Android was never my number 1 choice of a mobile OS no matter how hard I tried).
So, happy birthday Cellphone. Thanks for changing our lives. Stop killing us with your radiation!