Monday, October 13, 2008

25th Anniversary of the First Cell Phone Call

On Oct. 13, 1983, the very first call from a commercially available cell phone was made from Ameritech executive Bob Barnett to Alexander Graham Bell’s grandson. The first call was made on the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, a phone that boasted 30 minutes of talk time and a static-filled sound due to its 1G analog signal. We’ve obviously come a long way in 25 years, but it is amusing (and amazing) to look back at what used to be. Considering the first “mobile phone” weighed 90 pounds, even the Motorola brick was a huge leap forward. Even with all the fantastic breakthroughs made to the mobile technology, we’re still lacking in many of the basic features offered on landline phones. Luckily, true Caller ID service to your smartphone is now available. With mobile technology’s exponential growth, we’re hopeful that within the next 25 years, mobile technology will not match, but exceed landline capability.

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