Who invented the cell phone?
Cooper developed the cell phone in 1973 while working for Motorola. Naturally, he had the honor of making the world's first cell phone call. From a busy New York sidewalk, Cooper called his rival at Bell Laboratories and said, "Joe, I'm calling you from a real portable cellular telephone." Cooper says he thought he heard teeth gnashing in the background.
Of course, the first cell phone looked a lot different than the fancy flip phones of today. And cell phones didn't go into commercial service until 10 years later, when Motorola introduced the $3,500 DynaTAC phone. Not surprisingly, at that price point, it took a while for the invention to catch on.
Today, more people subscribe to cell phones than landlines. For better or for worse, Martin Cooper's invention is here to stay.
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