- On April 3, 1973, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the world's first public call from a handheld mobile phone, and he used that call to contact rivals at Bell Labs to let them know he'd beat them to the punch.
Cooper's call was made from a prototype of the DynaTAC "brick" phone that wouldn't be available to consumers for another decade and even then it was available to only a privileged few; adjusted for inflation, the first cellphone would cost nearly $10,000 in today's money.
Here's how Motorola pitched the DynaTAC back then:
- That DynaTAC "brick" had some pretty famous fictional users, and these images have been passed around quite a bit today.
- To mark the anniversary, some are posting photos of their own first cellphones on Twitter and Instagram. The result is a wide array of bricks, chocolate bars and flip-phones from the last two decades.
- If you think this anniversary may be a good time to check if you're addicted to your cellphone, join our webcam live chat on Thursday to discuss.