Travelling back in time, we have the opportunity to explore the fascinating history and origin of Telecommunications and mobile phones.
The 1st mobile phone in history
The first mobile phone device was initiated on April 3, 1973, by the American engineers, John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper. Mitchell was an American electronics engineer and President of Motorola and Cooper had a great career as a senior development engineer in Motorola as well.
The launch of Motorola DynaTAC 8000x
In 1973, while working together, Cooper and Mitchell conceived the idea of the first hand-held cell phone using a handset. Eleven years later, in 1983 they launched in the market Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, the world’s first commercial cell phone. On September 21, 1983, Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone was approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
Cooper, who stood next to a 900 MHz base station in New York City, placed a call to the headquarters of Bell Labs in New Jersey. Doubtlessly, the first analog cellular mobile phone call on a prototype represents a tremendous progress regarding the development and evolution of mobile technology.
In 1984, Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was launched in the USA. Its retail price was $3,995 (about $9500 in today’s terms) and it was not destined to become a massive mobile phone; by 1998, cell phones and other relative services reached two thirds of Motorola’s $30 billion in revenue.
Later on, mobile phones were modernized, as the new devices became smaller, more portable, more affordable, user friendly and more stylish design wise.
What does DynaTAC stand for?
DynaTAC suggests the abbreviation of the phrase “Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage”.
Regarding Motorola’s mobile business, meanwhile, is owned by Google.
Over the last thirty one years, worldwide mobile phone subscriptions have been increased from zero to over 7 billion. In 2014, the leading cell phone manufacturers were Apple, Samsung, Nokia, and LG and this year, Apple is estimated to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer.