Apr
3

Happy Birthday Cell Phone

Marty Cooper made the first cell phone call in 1973.

Martin Cooper, father of the cell phone.

Forty years ago today, April 3, 1973, the very first cell phone call was made.

Marty Cooper, an employee of Motorola, made the first call.  He obviously didn’t think about what he was going to say as much as Neil Armstrong did.  Cooper’s first words on the cell phone were: “I’m ringing you just to see if my call sounds good at your end.”  It was not: “Can you hear me now?”

Cooper made the first cell phone call on the streets of New York City.   The call went to his rival at AT&T, Joel Engel.

“This is a time when there were no cordless phones. And certainly no cell phones. And here’s this guy talking as he was walking along. And I stepped into the street and nearly got creamed by a New York taxicab. So talk about being prescient and seeing a picture of the future,” Cooper told “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer.

Cooper used an early prototype of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x.  The cell phone weighed 2 1/2 pounds and cost $3,995.  The phone became famous when used by Gordon Gekko in the movie “Wall Street.”

Want to follow Martin Cooper on Twitter?  Might be a good idea.

 

 

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