And now smartphones are used as much for computing as conversation

The mobile phone call turns 40

Forty years ago today, inventor and pioneer Martin Cooper called a competitor, stating, "I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone."

This first call was on a Motorola DynaTAC device – capable of a mere 35 minutes of talktime at most.

On April 3rd, 1973 Motorola held a press conference in New York to show off the first mobile phone call, giving Cooper a fantastic opportunity to ring competitor Dr Joel S Engel, head of Bell Labs.

Since then, the mobile phone has evolved – just a little. From handhelds to folding phones to folding keyboards to touchscreens and now, essentially, mobile computers that just happen to make phone calls as well.

Happy birthday mobile phones – we expect a lot more from you in the years to come.

40 image and mobiles images from Shutterstock.

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