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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  • Wow, that's an amazing watch!

  • My current phone, is a Motorola (as well as a couple previous ones). And I have really liked them all,especially this last one. Motorola seems to have a good selection at different price points so you don't have to spend a fortune for a d cent phone. (That is really important in my case.)
    And I believe that Motorala is actually owned by Lenovo now.

  • It'll be interesting to see how phones continue to evolve over the next 50 years.

  • 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