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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call when Marty Cooper of Motorola spoke to his rival Joel Engler at Bell Labs to gloat over the new invention. He made the call on a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x which weighed 2.5 pounds and had a single-line, text-only LED screen. The phone had a battery life of 20 minutes.
Let's take this opportunity to revive and update a gallery from 2006 showing the history of the cell phone — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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