The first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, by a Motorola employee Martin Cooper. On this day 42 years ago, he turned his dream into reality by making a first handheld cellular phone call in public. He called Dr. Joel S. Engel Head of Bell Labs ( Motorola’s Chief Competitor at that time) from Bell system to tell him that the race to the perfect cellular tech is over. He said:
“I’m calling you from a cellphone, a real handheld portable cellphone.”
The Bell Labs was the very first company that came with the great idea of making a cellular communication back in 1947. But, Motorola had already acquired success before Bell Labs. Martin Cooper was considered as the father of the mobile phone. He was an employee of Motorola and Motorola became the first company that invented mobile phones.
Martin Cooper had joined the company in 1952. It is said that Martin Cooper was inspired and thought to make a mobile phone after watching Star Trek in which Captain Kirk has a gold flip-top “communicator” that looks similar to mobile phone.
In 1983, he led the team behind building the world’s first commercial cellular phone service that was started for public in United States. And from 1983 to 2014, worldwide mobile phone subscriptions grew up from 0 to 7 billion around the world.
The first mobile phone got the weight around 4.4 pounds ( 2kg ) and now we have cell phones with weight around 150gm. From the age of heavy mobile phones, now we are blessed with smartphones and smart watches. The companies are also trying to connect all the devices to internet as much as possible. Just wait and watch, there are a lot of new technologies coming to our way.