38 years have passed since the first cell phone call

38 years have passed since the first cell phone call

Yesterday, 38 years passed since Dr.Martin Cooper of Motorola placed the first phone call on a cell phonewhile taking a stroll on the streets of New York City in the distantApril 3rd of 1973. Cooper made a dazzling demonstration by calling noneother than rival Dr. Engel, research chief of Bell Labs, closely tiedto AT&T at the time. Passers-by on Sixth Avenue must have lookedin awe as Cooper picked up his 2.2-pound Motorola DynaTAC handset forthe brief call. Cooper is now viewed as the creator of the cellulartelephone, which at the time wouldhave put you back a whopping $3500.

Cellular technology was being developedin the times of WWII, but it wasn't until the 70's until it saw widercommercialization. A quick flashback to early phone days shows thatmass adoption of the first generation of cell phones actuallyhappened in Japan in 1979, covering metropolitan Tokyo with 23 basestations. Nordic European countries followed suit in 1981 andlaunched the first roaming network between Sweden, Denmark, Norwayand... Finland, of course. In 1983, the metropolitan Chicago areajoined the bandwagon stateside.

Finland was the place where innovationhappened in following years as the first 2G network was launched in the home country of today's largest phone maker, Nokia.It was the first true digital solution, which opened a brand new range ofservices like text messaging (1993, Finland), ringtones (1998,Finland) and Internet service (1999, Japan). This brings us to moderntimes and the 3G wideband networks, introduced in 2001. They not onlybrought the HSPA protocol for fast data transfers, but were alsocompatible with the previous generation of networks.

That's how it all started, and todayour cell phones communicate with satellites to pin-point our locationwith amazing precision and we're on the verge of converting to 4G LTEas the main communication standard. Check out our in-depth look at the enticing possibilites of LTE, but to get a sense ofhow it all started, skip to the video below, where the creator of thecell phone himself speaks about the technology.

source: AT&Tand Wikipedia (1), (2)



1. G-reg unregistered

Wow... Just wow

12. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

this guy makes sprint sound like shit...Att sound slow and verizon sound like a king! Guess future speaks for itself

2. in4parbrad

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 14, 2010

Absolutely great piece and a testament to the absolute genius Martin cooper is. He is more influential then Alexander belle

3. poophead unregistered

Why such a slow progression?

9. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Slow? How is it slow? The guy that invented the cell phone is still alive and now they do more than a home computer. The inventor of the landline has been long dead and we're still lucky to have affordable prices and caller ID on it. Cordless phones are still a luxury on landlines. Cell phones are hard to keep up with anymore. As soon as you unbox it the next best thing is just around the corner.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

But...but...didn't Apple invent the cell phone? I could've sworn from the way Steve Jobs speaks about the iPhone...

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

surely this information was doctored by Motorola to make sure that Apple isn't credited with their creation.

6. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

That was awesome. He uses an Android OS device as well as Jitterbug...Love it!! A very smart, "matter-of-fact" fellow.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I remember seeing his phone as a kid during the early 90's. SAVE BY THE BELL ZACK MORRIS HAVE THAT PHONE. The guy is a genius. if it wasn't for him. we wouldn't have device such as TOUCH SCREEN PHONES, Iphones, Android phones and so on. HE should take all the credit and millions of dollars since he invited the Wireless Phone. Just kidding bout the million of dollars

8. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Just so you all know, this video is sorta old. He may or may not use the device he speaks of. Not that it matters but I seen this video last year sometime. But it shows how spoiled we are on our phones. We complain that some new devices aren't equipped with LTE and 1Ghz quad-core processor, 3D screens, super fast graphics cards, able to go to work for you, and hook you up on a hot date. Dang, in the past it was amazing that you could walk down the street and talk on the phone. I mean, I remember just a few years ago it was big stuff to have a color screen. I like progress and I have a smartphone but we shouldn't get to ahead of ourselves. We have it good!

10. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Another perspective, a $3500 device in 1973 is about $18,000 dollars in 2010/2011. Crazy!!

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually had time to sit down and watch this video. Let's rewind and play those last couple of minutes again. Marty Cooper, the inventor of the cell phone, GAVE UP AN IPHONE FOR A DROID, AND LIKES THE DROID. I want all of you iFanboys to chew on that for a while.

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