TIL Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. The first call was from Martin Cooper (Motorola) to his rival Joel Engel (Bell Labs). The phone weighed 1.1kg, had talk time of 30 minutes and took 10 hours to recharge.

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I remember the days when mobile phones were called car phones, as it just wasn’t practical to take them out of your cars.


The level of smug on Martin Cooper’s face must’ve been incredible.


I have it on good authority that the Cinco-C Phone was the first cell phone, but it had a one call battery. You could also only make outgoing calls, but nobody could call you. It even came with a cooling gel to apply to your face after the burns it would give you from the heat it generated. There’s a cool commercial they shot on youtube I think.


Bet they’d make a few test calls