Motorola’s pioneering spirit has proven to be a critical part of progressing the mobile industry to what it is today. From delivering the world’s first commercially available 5G-upgradable smartphone to the first clamshell smartphone, we have a rich heritage in rewriting how people access and experience innovation. But perhaps the most defining moment in mobile tech history came 50 years ago on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, former Motorola VP and Director of R&D, used the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X to make the world’s first commercial mobile phone call from Sixth Avenue in New York City. It marked a pivotal point in time for society as we no longer had to sit by a landline or wait for a page to ensure we didn’t miss a call. It meant we could communicate with anyone, any time, from anywhere.

“When I made the first public portable cell phone call on April 3, 1973, I knew it was only the beginning; that Motorola and the cellphone industry were starting a revolution in personal communications,” said Martin Cooper. “Since then, there have been a huge number of pivotal innovations, many of them created by Motorola. The first fifty years were only the warm-up. There will be many more exciting advancements that will transform humanity”.

Watch this video with Martin Cooper about the first commercial mobile phone call.

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  • It has been fascinating growing up in this era and seeing all of the changes. My first phone was a phone in a bag and the minutes were so expensive!

  • I wonder what people 200 years ago would think if you showed them a modern Smartphone.   Of course after the battery ran out it would just be "a nice brick"...  Unless you also brought a powerbank and solar panel to re-charger it.  LOL

  • That is really an inspiring way to think about something we often take for granted today. His dream became something that he will cherish forever, but has long been forgotten as we all scramble to find the next best thing. As a researcher, I strive to help people with their lifestyles and guide them to a better future. I love his opening line of "...everything we do is to improve the human experience.". I believe that this is the way to think about what we do from day to day.

  • Technology is growing, what we know today as a fact mite not be true in the future, we keep evolving, and learning.  

  • Super interesting story and video!