First Consumer Cell Phone "No tech nostalgia collection is complete without this old-school mobile phone. Designed by Rudy Krolopp and his team, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X or "brick," as it has often been called, hit the market in 1984 to the delight of chatty Kathys everywhere, despite its gargantuan $3,995 price tag. The video (above) is one of Motorola's DynaTAC ads from the '80s."
The DynaTAC 8000X (1983) was the first commercially available cellphone and the culmination of all the research engineer Martin Cooper had done since joining Motorola in 1954. http://limewit.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-1st-cellphone-motorola-dynatac-8000x.html
Beautiful prototypes developed by Motorola in 70s. This research led to the release of the first truly portable commercial phone in history - the iconic Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, in 1983. The price of this phone was $4000 ($9500 in present-day money) and it had half hour of battery life.
Then and Now: Cell Phones #used #phones http://mobile.remmont.com/then-and-now-cell-phones-used-phones/ Then and Now: Cell Phones Then: Motorola DynaTAC 8000x (aka The Brick) Released in 1983 1 hour of talk time and 8 hours of standby Red LED display and memory for 30 numbers 28 ounces 13 inches long $3995 Now: Nokia 9300 Due in early 2005 4 hours of talk time and 200 hours ofRead More
Macintosh SE and my first cell phone, a Motorola DynaTac 8000, both from the late 1980's along with a Blackberry, a Sanso flipphone and some walkie-talkie looking phone. All in service at one time or another. You think AT&T has a lot of dropped calls? You should have experienced Contel service in 1989. They were the people who invented silence.