April 8, 2013

The 1st Cellphone - Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X -- 1983 


The DynaTAC was the first commercially available cellphone and the culmination of all the research engineer Martin Cooper had done since joining Motorola in 1954.

The phone resembled those the military used in the field. The svelte handset weighed 28 ounces and was 10 inches tall, not including the antenna nearly as long as the phone. It wasn't exactly something you could shove in a pocket or purse. Still, it wasn't attached to a car and you could walk around with it, so there was that. 

Such mobility wasn't cheap. The DynaTAC would dig a $4,000 hole into your bank account. But that didn't stop early adopters from diving into the swanky world of mobile calling. The phone had a cameo alongside Gordon Gekko in Wall Street and with ├╝ber-preppy Zack Morris on the teen drama Saved By the Bell.

Photo: Motorola

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