The first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago today, on 3 April 1973.
The DynaTAC 8000X, Motorola’s is the first commercial handheld cellular phone.
Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival colleague at another telecoms company and announced he was speaking from “a ‘real’ cellular telephone”.
In 2012 a report carried out by the International Telecommunication Union found that there were six billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide. At the time, the global population was seven billion.
Martin Cooper, now aged 85, is recognized as the “father” of the mobile phone. He said his vision for a mobile phone was first conceived in the late 1960s when the car telephone was invented by AT&T.
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