Motorola (cellphone)

Motorola logo
Motorola logo 1955
by Morton Goldsholl
Name: "Motorola DynaTAC 8000X"

Categories: Electronics, Home - Office - School

Subcategory: Telephony

Inventor: Martin Cooper

Producer: Motorola, Inc. (founded by brothers Paul V. and Joseph E. Galvin in 1928, as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation)

Prototype made in: 1973

Martin Cooper
Martin Cooper
Chicago - Dec. 26, 1928,
the inventor of the
handheld cellular Mobile,
phoneholding his
prototype DynaTAC
cellphone in 2007
Production start: 1984 - Schaumburg, Illinois, USA

First price: 3,995 USD

Features: The first model accepted by the FCC weighed 28 ounces (790 g) and was 10 inches (25 cm) high, not including its flexible "rubber duck" whip antenna. It offered 30 minutes of talk time and 8 hours of standby, and a LED display for dialing or recall of one of 30 phone numbers. In addition to the typical 12-key telephone keypad, it had nine additional special keys: Rcl (recall); Clr (clear); Snd (send); Sto (store); Fcn (function); End; Pwr (power); Lock; Vol (volume).

Interesting facts: On April 3, 1973 Cooper and Mitchell demonstrated two working phones to the media and to passers-by prior to walking into a scheduled press conference at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan. Standing on Sixth avenue near the Hilton, Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public from the prototype DynaTAC. In 1984 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was the first cell phone to be offered commercially in the world.

Slogan: «This is a Motorola cellular portable telephone. Take it to work, to play, to lunch and still keep up with your customers, your suppliers, your life».

Property: Motorola, Inc.

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Motorola DynaTAC prototype
The prototype of Motorola DynaTAC cellphone (1973)

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X
DynaTAC 8000X, the first model of Motorola cellphone (1984)

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X adv.
Motorola DynaTAC 8000X advertisement

Martin Cooper with some of his creations
Martin Cooper with some of his creations

Moto G
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