Mirror, mirror on the wall
What is the most important
Mobile phone of all?
There are many phones that changed the mobile landscape. Recently, the iPhone made waves. In the 90’s, the Motorola Startac became the pattern for every flip-top phone that followed after it. But these devices cannot compare to the first, the vintage mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x.
It was 1973. The telephone system was firmly in place, but it wasn’t mobile. People wanted to communicate while on the move. AT&T was developing car phones. But at Motorola there were other ideas.
Martin Cooper led a team with the vision to create a phone that a person can carry anywhere. It was unimaginable at that time. They had to build the first cellular mobile phone network together with the first mobile phone to go with it.
The shoe-boot design was the responsibility of Rudy Krolopp and it was an incredible challenge to make electronic parts small enough for it. Fortunately, Motorola made radios since almost the beginning of the company.
The first DynaTAC (Dynamic Adaptive Total Coverage) was the result. It measured 13 inches long (plus antenna) and 1.5 by 3.5 inches wide. It’s pretty big, especially for us who are spoiled on thin phones. This vintage mobile phone weighed almost 2 pounds. With these, characteristics, it truly deserved being called the Brick. Check out this website www.onrecycle.co.uk for more details about
But that’s not all. It used a great deal of energy. It’s power hungry by today’s standards. This vintage mobile phone could only manage up to 60 minutes of talk time and 8 hours of standby time. It also took 10 hours to recharge.
But remember, this was the 70’s, computers were known as machines that take up entire rooms. The laptop was unforeseeable yet. Cars were big and guzzled lots of gas. Other mobile phones were car phones that were too big to be carried around. For its time, the DynaTAC 8000x was extremely portable and convenient, if you could afford it. It was originally priced at $3,995. In today’s money, that would make it cost over $8,700.
The DynaTAC 8000x was not a great big hit. It was, however, a taste for things to come. Cellular networks were only being tested then. You could only use the phone in select cities where the tests were being conducted. It was only during the 80’s when the networks were allowed to go nationwide that the DynaTAC began to be really useful and it began to be commercially sold.
This old mobile phone found a home in popular culture. Zack Morris, the teenage protagonist in the popular TV show, Saved by the Bell, was always talking on this phone. While this product placement’s influence is probably minimal, it did familiarize a new generation of teenagers with the promise of mobile phones, which helped spark the boom in the 90’s.
The importance of this old mobile phone could not be praised enough. This was the phone that helped build today’s networks. This was the phone that introduced mobile technology to a generation of teenagers, who became mobile-loving adults. This vintage mobile phone occupies an important place in history books and the hearts of vintage mobile phone collectors.