Thursday, April 4, 2013

Happy Birthday, Cellphone

It’s a day late, but I couldn’t get a signal.

On 3 April 1973 when Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.[1][2] The prototype handheld phone used by Dr. Cooper weighed 1.1 kg and measured 22.86 cm long, 12.7 cm deep and 4.44 cm wide.. The prototype offered a talk time of just 30 minutes and took 10 hours to re-charge.[3]

My first cellphone was the Uniden bag phone that was in the Pontiac, mounted on the floor between the front seats.  I still have it, keeping it as a part of the car’s historic preservation.

Since then I’ve progressed, so to speak, to a Samsung phone with a slide-out keyboard so I can text.  I have yet to try or even consider a smartphone.

So, what was your first cellphone and when did you get it?  Or are you still wired in?

HT to NTodd.

5 barks and woofs on “Happy Birthday, Cellphone

  1. My first “portable” was a Technophone, hardwired in my car. It was a gift from a very clueless family member or I’d never have had one: at the time it was more expense than it was worth.

  2. I’ve never owned one and will not have one in the future. Cell phones are the death of western civilization.

  3. I just got my first cell phone two weeks ago thanks to Russ and the US gov’t. It doesn’t have a camera and I have used it just 4 or 5 times. I have contacts programmed in and all of that. Have talked to my doctor more than anyone. Brand name is Kyocera.

  4. Met the husband in 99 and he had a bag phone. Loved that thing. Thought we looked cool! btw as of this writing my Twins just might….MIGHT avenge that opening day debacle.

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