Sunday, August 2, 2009


The first cell phone prototype was invented in 1973 by Dr. Marvin Cooper, an employee of Motorola. The prototype was called Motorolo Dyna-tac. Dr. Cooper has been credited with being the first person to ever place a call on this mobile phone. Ten years later the FCC authorized cell phone service in the United States.

In 1984, cell phones were marketed to the public. The phones were quite expensive. Their big price tag - a whopping $3,500 ensured that only those with big incomes could afford to buy them. These cell phones looked very different than they look today. They were big, 16 oz., cumbersome devices and they were very hard to handle. The mobile cell units were actually installed in cars, usually in the front console and were connected by a curly cord that was in the way.

Dr. Cooper's invention has had both a positive and negative impact on society.

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