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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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The Dynatac lays claim to being the world's first proper mobile phone and was the first to sport the 'brick' look. While other 'mobile' devices had come before the Dynatac, they involved not only carrying a handset but lugging a huge briefcase-sized battery along with it.
The 'shoe phone', as it was known, first came onto the market in 1984 costing nearly $4,000 and promising around a half an hour of talk time. The Dynatac prospered nonetheless and inspired Nokia to come up with the Cityman, an equally heavyweight brick phone aimed at the business market. The candybar mobile was born.
By legend, the phone's key breakthrough came after is was used by Michael Douglas in the movie, Wall Street.
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