Motorola Dynatac 8000x
For the best example of Motorola's pioneering role in creating the modern cell phone, look no further than the Dynatac 8000x (seen here with inventor Martin Cooper). The world's first commercially available cell phone, the Dynatac, aka the "brick phone," was barely portable. It weighed 2.5 pounds, and it was hugely expensive. After you shelled out $3,995 for the handset and paid a $50 per month service fee, voice calls cost 40 cents a minute at peak hours and 24 cents a minute at off-peak times. The Dynatac received FCC approval in 1983 and went on sale in 1984.
January 29, 2014 6:00 PM PST
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| Caption by: Kent German
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