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The cellphone is 40 years old today



blog-0538573001365020450.png"On April 3rd, 1973, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first public call from a cellphone. In midtown Manhattan, Cooper called Joel Engel — head of rival research department Bell Labs — saying, 'Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.' The call was placed on a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, which weighed 2.5 pounds, a far cry from today's 4-ounce handsets."

Today, the cellphone is 40 years old. That's old enough to be a grandparent!

Do you remember your first cellphone? What did it look like?

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Wow! 1973! I never even heard of such a thing till the 1990s, I don't think! Or maybe the '80s but they were kind of on the very edges of my life till somewhere in the '90s when my DDs began to ask for them.


As for me, I was a little late getting into the cell phone era - my DDs were way ahead of me! And my 1st cell phone was a small, black prepaid thing - very different from what I have now!


Cell phones, 40 years old! !973! Wow!

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