Forty-five years ago this month—in April 1973—Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first cellular telephone call, ushering in a new era of mobile communications.
Cooper used a prototype handheld “brick” phone, placing a call from a street in New York City to his rival Joel Engel at Bell Labs.
Ten years after that groundbreaking call, in 1983, Cooper’s prototype handset phone commercially hit the market as the DynaTAC 8000x. In the decade and a half after that influential product launch, Motorola continued to dramatically innovate in the mobile phone space.
With this anniversary in mind, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at a handful of Motorola’s most interesting and innovative cell phones from this “golden age.”
Motorola released dozens of mobile phone models during its first 15 years in the cell phone business, so this is only a brief overview. If you have any memories of classic Motorola cell phones, I would love to read them in the comments.