Cell phone celebrates 25th birthday

Vintage Motorola CellphoneRemember your first cell phone and when you started using it? Did you have one of those big, clunky ones? It was 25 years ago that Motorola introduced the first commercial cell phone. The price tag was $4,000 and it weighed a hefty two pounds. Back then, a cell phone was so big it fit into a carrying case. “It was basically a voice communications device and not a very good one at that when it first came out,” Technology analyst Jack Gold told the Canadian Press, adding, “You can get a phone that’s now smaller than a deck of cards.” The phone evolved, and though still used for talking, some models also provide Internet access, e-mail, music, movies, picture-taking ability and GPS tracking. The price has definitely come down too, with a variety of phones priced at less than $100. The cellular business was a $3 million market 25 years ago and has grown increasingly to a $30 billion per year industry, with 80% of the North American population owning one or more cell phones.

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  1. The Cosmos Rocks=Best Album of the Year!! • October 9, 2008 @ 11:07 AM

    Nice. Congratulations.

  2. The Cosmos Rocks=Best Album of the Year!! • October 9, 2008 @ 11:13 AM

    I LOVE CellPhones,of course. Aah!

  3. Coop • October 9, 2008 @ 7:07 PM

    Is it too late to take it all back?

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