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Happy Birthday: The Mobile Phone Turns 40
Dailytech.com ^ | 4/3/2013 | Jason Mick

Posted on 04/03/2013 12:47:22 PM PDT by ThinkingBuddha

Much has changed, but cell phone inventor Motorola's legacy lives on at new parent Google

It was a spring day much like this one when Martin Cooper used his Motorola DynaTAC cell phone prototype to place a call in downtown Manhattan. The year was 1973 and it was the third day of April. The call lasted about 20 minutes and much like today's users, Mr. Cooper suffered a familiar problem -- a drained battery.

I. The First Phone Call -- 40 Years Ago Today

Mr. Cooper recalls, "The first cell phone model weighed over one kilo and you could only talk for 20 minutes before the battery ran out. Which is just as well because you would not be able to hold it up for much longer."

A fun fact about the call -- as told in a story by The Verge last year -- the famous first call was actually placed to Mr. Cooper's archrival Joel Engel from Bell Systems. Mr. Engel headed a team that was competing with Mr. Cooper's team at Motorola. But it was Mr. Cooper's team that perfected cellular technology first, thus ultimately shaping the industry that emerged over the next decade.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Science
KEYWORDS: happybirthday; mobilephone; telecom

1 posted on 04/03/2013 12:47:22 PM PDT by ThinkingBuddha
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To: ThinkingBuddha

“The Brick”


2 posted on 04/03/2013 12:50:54 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: ThinkingBuddha
The thing was a brick.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 12:51:20 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: ThinkingBuddha
My company had one of these 1983 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X with a 30-min charge; we execs shared it for 3-day stints as a field test for Motorola. Spent 80% of its time in the 10-lb charger.


4 posted on 04/03/2013 12:57:30 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: carriage_hill

Man I can imagine the inside of that thing packed with circuit boards and discreet components. Must have been fun to service.


5 posted on 04/03/2013 1:02:18 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: ThinkingBuddha

Now, why don’t the old WATS phones in cars and boats count as mobile? Heck Humphrey Bogart used one in the ‘50s in “Sebrina”.


6 posted on 04/03/2013 1:02:31 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
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To: Lx

It got real WARM after 30 mins on calls. And I swear I saw smoke coming out of the charging stand, a couple of times.


7 posted on 04/03/2013 1:06:00 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: colorado tanker

Didn't this mobile phone predate that one by 30 years or so? I realized they called it a radio phone, but the function was similar.
8 posted on 04/03/2013 1:17:41 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: ThinkingBuddha
A new form of phone thievery is sweeping the nation. It's called 'apple picking,' where criminals take your phone right out of your hands.
9 posted on 04/03/2013 1:20:29 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I forgot.)
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To: Vigilanteman
I think the main difference is you couldn't make a regular phone call from a walkie talkie.

Look how bulky that thing was. Radio technology has sure come a lone way!

10 posted on 04/03/2013 1:32:15 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Dr. Sivana; Vigilanteman
I think this might actually be the anniversary of the first CELLULAR PHONE, which is not the same as earlier types of mobile phone.

Cellular phone systems divided up the territory into multiple cells which were served by groups of radios on multiple frequencies. As the user moves, there are handoffs between cells and frequencies, which requires computer control. So this technology was not around before computers and frequency control became sufficiently sophisticated (and compact).

11 posted on 04/03/2013 1:39:03 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: wideminded
Correct. Huge difference between a CELLULAR phone and a mobile phone . . . which is why the journalist who wrote this needs to buy a clue.

Too many of them are like today's teenagers who think their generation invented sex. Somehow, they just can't imagine how people reproduced before their discovery.

12 posted on 04/03/2013 1:50:53 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: colorado tanker

don’t laugh, from this phone came an even greater product, the shake weight.


13 posted on 04/03/2013 2:14:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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14 posted on 04/03/2013 4:20:29 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Vigilanteman
today's teenagers who think their generation invented sex

They do? I thought they just sent each other pics of their "junk" like Weiner did.

15 posted on 04/03/2013 4:22:51 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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