Cell phones are almost as important as the wallet in our pockets. Whether you’re calling people, getting a ride, or even checking out places to go, it’s an essential tool you need to help you stay active in the world. Cell phones are here to stay and continue to advance with time. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the history of the cell phone.
The First Cell Phone Weighed 2 Pounds
If you ever watched an 80s movie, you notice powerful executives or people with money were wielding these “small babies.” The first phone call from these “brick phones” was made in 1973 by Martin Cooper, an executive with Motorola. The catch was you had to charge it for 10 hours but only got 30 minutes of call time.
Motorola Had a $4,000 Phone in 1983
It took 10 years to make the first call public and it wasn’t cheap. This version of the cell phone cost $4,000! Yikes!!! Even the iPhone 14 Pro Max to be released later in 2022 won’t cost nearly as much as that brick phone.
Nokia Changed the Game in 2000
The first few years of the 2000s became sleeker and more efficient. The Nokia 6000 series featured a phone that could fit in your pocket, purse, and palm comfortably. Also, you could browse the web.
The Sidekick Took Things to Another Level
Before the Sidekick came out, you had to literally type in T9 (that was like writing on a pocket typewriter). However, the Sidekick had a full keyboard you slide out behind the screen which made texting so much easier.
The iPhone Made the Cell Phone An Everyday Tool
Sure, the original concept of a cell phone is to communicate with people no matter where you are in the world. However, 2007 started to make a name, especially with its mini-computer features. The touch screen functions, virtual keyboard, and other things made it a hit later. Sure, Blackberry dominated for a while but several years later, everyone started rocking that iPhone.