This article covers the emergence of the first portable telephones outside of vehicles, that could be transported by and used by people as they went about their daily activities.
The first mobile telephone came into existence in 1973. Invented by Motorola, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x became the first commercialized portable telephone.
The company – Motorola, the company behind the research and future successful creation of the first cellphones / mobile phones was formed in 1928, and specialized in communications and electronic systems. It's first real steps into the realization of a truly portable telephone came in the 1970s, when its chief engineer, John Mitchell, put one Martin Cooper in charge of their car telephone division. Cooper was a true visionary, and could see that it should be possible to reduce the size of the phone and then make it portable enough to be carried by a person.
The inventor – Martin Cooper an executive and researcher with Motorola was accredited with the invention of the cell / mobile telephone, and, who also, on the 3rd of April 1973, became the first person to make a mobile phone call. This call was made on sixth avenue, New York, in front of an audience of the public and the press, and was made to the head of Bell Labs research section, Dr Joel Engel.
Too heavy to hold up – The original commercial cellphone, the Motorola DynaTAC, could not be held in place for any real length of time, as it weighed in at over 2 lb. This was an issue that needed to be resolved, and by 1983 they had managed to reduce the telephone to half of its original weight.
A pricey way to chat – These first cell / mobile phones were only for those with very deep pockets, as they came in at over 8 and a half thousand dollars in modern money, which at the time was about 4 thousand dollars.
Battery power, now you hear it, now you do not – With the original batteries only last for 20 minutes, not only were the first mobile phone users restricted to how much time they could spend in conversation, they also would need to recharge the battery many times a day if they made considerable use of the device.
The 1G network – The resulting analogue wireless and mobile telecommunications technology is known today as the 1st generation (1G) in wireless communications. The 2nd generation (2G) being the introduction of digital technology in mobile communication systems and more recently the 3rd generation (3G), which encompasss the full range of communication systems to include not just voice, but also internet access, television, and video calls .
In conclusion – From one visionary in the form of an engineer by the name of Martin Cooper and a company (Motorola) with the willingness to back him, our whole world has changed, as for each of us who wields this technology the world has been made a smaller place. This technology makes each and everyone of us contactable at any time and in just about any location.