Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Mobile Tech
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
40 Years Ago, the First Cell Phone Call
40 Years Ago, the First Cell Phone Call

By Adam Dickter
April 3, 2013 2:12PM

    Bookmark and Share
The first cellular phone, the Motorola DynaTac, was 10 inches long and 2-1/2 pounds. Motorola designer William Cooper used it on April 3, 1973, to call Joel Engell at Bell Labs. "I called and told him, 'Joel, I'm calling you from a cellular phone, a real cellular phone, a handheld, portable, real cellular phone,' " Cooper told CNN recently.
 


A little over 40 years ago, it was still the stuff of science fiction to pluck a phone out of your pocket or briefcase, turn it on and place a call. And, while we still can't flip open a phone and call a spaceship the way Capt. James T. Kirk did on Star Trek in the 1960s, advances in wireless technology since the first mobile phone was tested four decades ago have drastically changed the way human beings keep in touch.

The first mobile call on April 3, 1973 -- the space age version of Alexander Graham Bell's famous "Mr. Watson, come here, I need to see you," spoken on the very first landline on March 10, 1876 -- came through on a Motorola DynaTac, placed by designer William Cooper. On the other end was Joel Engell of Bell Labs.

The Real Deal

"I called and told him, 'Joel, I'm calling you from a cellular phone, a real cellular phone, a handheld, portable, real cellular phone,' " Cooper told CNN recently.

According to the Daily Beast, the device was 10 inches long and 2-1/2 pounds, and Cooper, who still works in technology, had been inspired by Kirk's easy ability to phone home to the crew of the Enterprise. A model of the DynaTac, the 8000x, was the first to be commercially sold, in 1983.

The DynaTac was about the size of a walkie-talkie, and that design would be virtually unchanged for some years: Check out 1990's Pretty Woman and you'll catch millionaire mogul Richard Gere in one scene whip out a model that's roughly the size of his forearm, with a retractable antenna.

These days a mobile phone is no particular status symbol -- though certain models can be -- and most of the world has at least one. According to the Ericsson Mobility report of 2012, global mobile penetration reached 6.4 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, though the number of people using mobile phones is smaller since many people have both work and personal phones.

So many people have mobile phones now that sales may be starting to slip. Gartner Research recently said sales to end users fell 1.7 percent to 1.75 billion last year, the first slippage since 2009.

Cell phones have surely saved untold numbers of lives in four decades by increasing quick access to emergency services, added personal convenience and made it easier to do business, but like every other advancement in technology, it's not without its drawbacks.

Always Reachable

"I guess it means I can't take a vacation without bringing it along for fear of the mountain of e-mails and other communications I will see when I return," Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney told us. "It's destroyed the 9-to-5 workday."

But, he added, "it's enabled opportunities for individuals and countries to join the upper echelons of technologically advanced societies and to bootstrap themselves into new economies. It enabled the Arab Spring and the roadside bomb.

"I guess the bottom line is that the Internet is now expanded to include the connected human. Overall I think it's a positive thing for society, and has done for mobility what the car did in early 1900s."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Mobile Tech
1.   OnePlus One Boasts Android Weapon
2.   Samsung: $2.2B Too Much for Apple
3.   Review: Windows Phone Advances
4.   Microsoft-Nokia Deal Closes this Week
5.   Samsung Data Center Catches Fire


advertisement
BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
OnePlus One Boasts Android Weapon
Smartphone could shake up market.
Average Rating:
Samsung: $2.2B Too Much for Apple
Says $38.4M more like it for patents.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
What Verizon's Data Breach Report Can Teach Enterprises
It’s probably not a jaw-dropper, but cyberespionage is officially on the rise. And the use of stolen or misused credentials is still the leading way the bad guys gain access to corporate information.
 
Top Cyberthreats Exposed by Verizon Report
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Where Do Web Sites Stand, Post-Heartbleed?
A security firm says the vast majority of Web sites have patched themselves to protect against the Heartbleed bug, but now there are questions raised on the reliability of open-source programs.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.