Happy 40th Birthday to the Cell Phone!

40 years of cell phonesThis day, 40 years ago – a man by the name of Martin Cooper, a Motorola engineer and executive, made the first mobile telephone call. The prototype phone that he used weighed 2.5 lbs (the iPhone 5 weighs 3.95 ounces), was 10 inches long and 1.75 inches deep (the iPhone 5 is 4 inches long).  His phone offered just 20 minutes of talk time and took 10 hours to re-charge. (The iPhone 5 offers up to 8 hours of usage and takes approximately 3-4 hours to re-charge.)

If you think your iPhone 5 was pricey, did you know the first cell phone available to the public rang in at $3,995?

Wow, what a 40 years it has been for the cell phone. Check out the history of the cell phone:

history of the cell phone

infogram source: Mashable

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