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Happy 40th birthday, cell phone!

Posted: , by Ray S.

Happy 40th birthday, cell phone!
And just like that, the gadget which is nearest and dearest to our hearts here at PhoneArena, the cell phone, has turned 40. It's like it was yesterday when Motorola's Martin Cooper, the father of the cell phone, made that first historical call on April 3, 1973... Well, most of us here don't really remember the day, seeing that we weren't born yet, but hey, it must have been pretty cool!

Imagine that, on that day, Dr. Cooper has picked up the 2.5 pound Motorola DynaTAC 8000x and placed a call to his rival, Joel Engel, who was leading Bell Labs' research department. Both companies have been trying to invent a portable cell phone for some time, and the race was officially ended on April 3, some 40 years ago.

Since then, cellular phones have become on of the most widespread gadgets around the world, transforming from heavy and bulky calling devices to slim and lightweight computers along the way. Today, we're unhappy that our smartphones, which can do many of the things we do on our personal computers, have to be recharged every day or two. Well, imagine that the gigantic DynaTAC 8000x could only offer about 30 minutes of talk-time. Think about that next time you want to complain about battery life!

Now, let us all sing together: Happy birthday to yoou, happy birthday to yoooou, happy birthday, dear cell phooone, happy birthday to yooooou!

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posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:05 8

1. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! THANK YOU MR. COOPER! [+]

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:05 5

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5554; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Happy Birthday long-life cell phone! We love you! :)

Thaaankssss..... Mr.Cooper! :)

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:07 1

13. tech2 (Posts: 2183; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


*long-live

not being anal :)

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:17

15. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5554; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


What? Does "long-life" sounded wrong?

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 10:37 1

24. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


we need more gramar-nazis on PA

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 10:52 2

25. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5554; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hahaha.......dude, you can't say that. Why?

Just look at your own comment......
*grammar-nazis
....not gramar-nazis
And you don't even know how to write a sentence do you? "we", WRONG! "We", CORRECT!

Oh, and where's the full stop (.) ???

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 14:03 1

26. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Actually, it doesn't 'sound' wrong, it is wrong.
It's the sentence you typed that made it incorrect. If you typed something like, "May cell phones have 'long-life'", that would be right.
But like tech2 corrected, "Happy Birthday 'long-live' cell phoneS!" is the correct form.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 18:12 1

33. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Can you please change the last word 'form' to 'term'? I'm afraid I won't be able to get the gist of what you are trying to say unless you do. Sanx.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 21:37

35. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5554; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Ok, I will remember it!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 18:09 1

32. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Sounded fine to me.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 21:38

36. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5554; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hahaha......me too!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 18:08 1

31. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yeah...you are. Not that there's anything wrong with that though lol.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:13 2

3. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELL PHONES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TILL 1 MILLION YEARS

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:21 2

8. XYZ360 (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


pfff by then we will have new technologies.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:02

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


1 million years? By then humans will be able to communicate telepathically.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:19 2

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Thank you Mr Cooper! You changed our lives and made communication just a press of a button away. Long live cell phones.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:20 2

5. aryanfr1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


happy birthday! thanksssssss Mr. Cooper:-)

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:21 3

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1438; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Happy birthday cell phones! Imagine what our lives could be right now if they weren't invented

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:20 7

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


im sure we would be visiting MarconiArena or LandphoneArena if it didn't ..lol jk

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:54

22. reten (Posts: 43; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)


Landphonearena
Good one.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 09:01

23. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


lol landphonearena

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:21 1

7. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


Happ Birthday Cellphones! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:22 1

9. XYZ360 (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


Happy Birthday thanks Cooper :p

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:31 2

10. jroc74 (Posts: 4936; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Makes me proud to be a Motorola fan.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 06:44

11. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


:") one of the most revolutionary days ever!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:17

14. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


The first cell phone was invented in Israel by Motorola. Just like many many inventions that we use today and don't know about it ;) Check the link...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120218223813AAGzDx2

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:19 2

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Good conspiracy theory ...

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:37 1

18. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Yes! Martin Cooper was a Jew as well lol but if you do you research most of the best technology today comes from Israel. Even Apple has R and D in Israel now and the A5 and A6 chips were invented in Israel and sold to Apple...Same goes for your Samsung Galaxy chips and most high end cell phone chips including the Intel processors. Check out the link below

http://israel21c.org/technology/innovation/made-in-israel-the-top-64-innovations-developed-in-israel/

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 21:22 1

34. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Always gonna be haters! Like always. Facts are fact not a theory. Israel is number one country for R and D in the world which means they come out with more new inventions than any other country and they have R and D facilities for intel, Microsoft, Apple, Motorola, Google, IBM and a lot of other companies with many of them being startup companies...

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:45

19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If it weren't for dr cooper we wouldnt hage the iphone/android phones today. Plus i remember that classic motorola phone back then when i was a kid during the late 80s. First saw it on save by the bell

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 07:53 1

20. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Now I miss my Nokia 9950 which I used to be able to take the shell apart to put on a different one

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 08:33 1

21. MartyK (Posts: 714; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Thank you Motorola (Google) for the first ever cell phone..there are many companies that copy what you truly invented, from Audiovox to ZTE, to bad you can't get in royalty for your invention....anti capitalism countries!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 14:51

27. Luisit0 (Posts: 73; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


Hell yeah! HBD Cell Phone :'D

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 15:20

28. MartianMe (unregistered)


hmm,,,,i see long rectangle shapes with a little bit of round corners here...

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 17:57 1

29. MartyK (Posts: 714; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Apple lawyer need to get on this!...lol
ISmell lawsuit!

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 18:00

30. DavidRedpath (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)


I asked my Wife to wish my mobile Happy Birthday. She flat refused being a non tech type :( At least it sunk in who Martin Cooper was after I spun an intriguing story (read via app8ite.com). The DynaTAC was quite the 80’s icon and I guess in many ways it was more affordable than a car(+phone) at the time. The iconic moment for me was Gordon Gecko watching the sunrise in Wall Street with the catch phrase Money Never Sleeps – In many ways it’s really innovation that never slept since then.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 05:36

37. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Thanks a bunch Mr cooper. I'm currently rocking a Motorola photon q ;)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 15:58

38. jfuente11 (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


What a contribution to the mankind! Thanks Martin!

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 20:29

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 11908; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


One helluva invention.

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