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Vintage cellphone photos mark 40 years of mobile calls

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  1. 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:
  2. 1980s Motorola DynaTAC Promotional Video
  3. That DynaTAC "brick" had some pretty famous fictional users, and these images have been passed around quite a bit today.
  4. 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.
  5. Happy 40th Birthday mobile phone! That was my first one, when I was 9 or 10.  Gosh, I was so proud of it!  haha #happybirthday #mobilephone #cellphone #handy #motorola
    Happy 40th Birthday mobile phone! That was my first one, when I was 9 or 10. Gosh, I was so proud of it! haha #happybirthday #mobilephone #cellphone #handy #motorola
  6. Found this while cleaning out the garage. #motorola dynasty. First #cellphone I ever owned.. 1995 or 1996 on Cellular One. Keeping this!
    Found this while cleaning out the garage. #motorola dynasty. First #cellphone I ever owned.. 1995 or 1996 on Cellular One. Keeping this!
  7. Do you have a photo of your first cellphone? Tweet it at us @cbccommunity or email us at community@cbc.ca

    Vanessa Le Page sent us this pic of her collection of old cellphones, including her Nokia, "just like they had on The X-Files. I can't believe how heavy it is now!"
  8. 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. 
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