3 april, 2018

On April 3, 1973, Motorola employee Martin Cooper stood on Sixth Avenue in New York City, and did something no one had ever done before — he made a mobile phone call.

To make the call, he used a large, boxy device with an antenna almost as long as the device itself. The phone ended up being the prototype for the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x — the world’s first commercially-available mobile phone (pictured above).

Who did Cooper call that day? Why, AT&T, who else? Cooper called Joel Engel, who at the time was working at Bell Labs in New Jersey. When pressed on what the conversation was about, Cooper declines to give any kind of memorable sound bite. “‘I’m ringing you just to see if my call sounds good at your end,’ or something to that effect,” he says about probably one of the most significant events in modern tech history.

The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x hit the U.S. market 11 years later in 1984. Its retail price was a staggering $3,995 (about $9,573 adjusted for inflation), which all but assured that mobile phone technology would only be available to the super wealthy in the 80s.

It wouldn’t be until 1999 with the release of the Nokia 3210, pictured above, that mobile phones would start to become something that the average person could afford. The 3210 was so successful that it ended up selling over 150 million units. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S4 sold 80 million units.

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Vía: www.androidauthority.com

 

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