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"Wireless Wednesday"–40th Anniversary of the First Cell Phone Call

April 3, 2013 — by WEBOOST

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Hey folks! This week for Wireless Wednesday we’re celebrating the fact that exactly 40 years ago today, the first call on a cell phone was made. Whoa! Can you believe it’s been that long?!

Check out the following excerpts included below from this CNN article titled, “The first call from a cell phone was made 40 years ago today”.

Martin Cooper changed the world when he made the first cell phone call 40 years ago.

The former Motorola vice president and division manager made the call on the company’s DynaTAC phone while standing in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue. His first call: to the head of research at Bell Labs, a company that also was attempting to build the first cell phone.

Cooper’s call did more than untether people from their fixed phone lines; it opened the door to true mobility and continues to affect virtually every aspect of our lives.

Long gone are the clunky phones, such as the DynaTAC, or the large cell phone famously used by Zack Morris on the television sitcom “Saved by the Bell.” In their places are sleek smartphones and tablets with massive brains and access to a super-fast wireless connection. People don’t just use their mobile devices to make phone calls. In fact, they do a lot less of that now. They use their phones to browse the Internet, order delivery food, play word games with each other, and keep up with the ever-increasing tsunami of e-mails and text messages.

Cooper remains a revered figure in cell phone history. He had another moment to shine at Motorola’s Razr event last fall. When current Motorola executives introduced him, the throngs of jaded bloggers and reporters stopped their typing to pay their respects for his accomplishments

What year did you get your first cell phone? Let us know in the comments section or on Facebook/Twitter!

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    Comments (4)

    David Hanson on April 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm said:

    my first cell phone was a Motorola hand held.. Carrier was la cellular in Ca. in 1987!!!

      Taylor White on April 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm said:

      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing.

    David Yorke on April 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm said:

    HiHi. Got our first phone ten years ago. Paid around $80.00 per month cell phone bill. Paid another $275.00 for a Wilson signal amplifier. We still have to drive 30 miles to get a decent signal. Yeah, we are fools for cell bills.
    Sorry, no positive words for cell phones or accessories.

      Taylor White on April 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm said:

      David,
      I am sorry to hear that our booster did not make things easier for you at home. This is not normal, and I would like to look further into your situation to see how we here at Wilson can fix! Please shoot me an email over at twhite@wilsonelectronics.com so I can assist you in this matter.
      Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you 🙂