It’s hard to believe the cell phone hits middle age today, and it looks as young and sleek as ever. Good job, Cell Phone!
Did you know the first cell phone call was a taunt from the company that finally got it to work to another company trying to achieve the same goal?
Martin Cooper worked for Motorola, and he placed for the first cell call ever on April 4, 1973, from Times Square in New York to the office of Motorola’s competitor, Bell Labs. His first words were, “Hey, bitches, guess what we just did!? Yup, got this big old clumsy box to make a phone call to your azz!”
Well, maybe it didn’t quite go like that.
The first cell phone was 10 inches long, and weighed two and a half pounds. And strangely enough, even though ten reporters were invited along with Cooper to make that historic call, the actual first words are lost. But he did tell Bell Labs that Motorola had beat them to the punch.
It would be another ten years, 1983, before the product hit the mass market, and even then, only the wealthy and the extremely patient had one. The original battery took three hours to charge and lasted just under a half hour.
The current iPhones and android phones weigh about 4 ounces and have batteries that last for up to eight hours.
Mashable has a nice look back at the evolution of the cell phone, but many people will always remember their first exposure to the cell phone: when Zach got one on “Saved By The Bell!”