On April 3,1973 the very first cellphone call was made in Manhattan by Motorola engineer, Marty Cooper. Cooper called then rival engineer, Joel Engel of Bell Labs. Marty said, “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cellphone, a real handheld portable cellphone.” It’s hard to imagine that back then, and for most of the cellphone’s history, it only did one thing: make calls.
Marty Cooper posing with an early cellphone. Image via Engadget.
Today, making calls is pretty low on the list of things people do with their smartphones. Gaming and social networking are the two top uses for smartphones. What’s more is that people check their smartphones nearly 150 times a day. Do you think Marty Cooper had any idea that he had started a technology and communication revolution when he invented the cellphone? We can’t help but wonder what our ampjacket™ iPhone case would look like if it were fitted for the original cellphone pictured above.
It’s easy to say that the true renaissance of the cellphone came about in 2007 with the introduction of the iPhone. The iPhone was the first true smartphone available on the consumer level. iPhone helped launched a mini tech-economy with apps and endless Apple accessories. One thing we can expect for sure is that cellphone popularity and the rate at which it continues to advance will not slow down anytime soon.
Today we salute Marty Cooper, who believe it or not, has never actually owned a cellphone!
For more on the cellphone’s 40th birthday, visit: http://blog.newrelic.com/2013/03/13/mobile-appeal-why-the-future-is-mobile/