Happy 40th birthday, cell phone!

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!



1. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 2013


2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Happy Birthday long-life cell phone! We love you! :) Thaaankssss..... Mr.Cooper! :)

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

*long-live not being anal :)

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What? Does "long-life" sounded wrong?

24. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

we need more gramar-nazis on PA

25. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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 (.) ???

26. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

35. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Ok, I will remember it!

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012


8. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

pfff by then we will have new technologies.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

5. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

happy birthday! thanksssssss Mr. Cooper:-)

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

22. reten

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

Landphonearena Good one.

23. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

lol landphonearena

7. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

Happ Birthday Cellphones! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

9. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

Happy Birthday thanks Cooper :p

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Makes me proud to be a Motorola fan.

11. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

:") one of the most revolutionary days ever!

14. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 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

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Good conspiracy theory ...

18. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 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/

34. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 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...

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

21. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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!

27. Luisit0

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Hell yeah! HBD Cell Phone :'D

28. MartianMe unregistered

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

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