First ever mobile phone call was made 50 years ago. Here's everything you should know about it!
Mobile phones have made our lives as convenient as they could possibly be and today, April 3, marks the day of mankind's first-ever phone call. It was made by Marty Cooper, an engineer at Motorola. Cooper made the first call to his counterpart at the rival company Bell Laboratories. All Cooper wanted to do was brag that he was calling from a "personal, portal phone". That day in 1973 history was made.
Though the call was made in 1973, it took 11 years for the actual prototype of the phone to be released. The phone named Motorola Dynatac 8000X was priced at approximately Rs 96k ($11,700) if bought today.
Speaking of the first mobile phone, Ben Wood from the Mobile Phone Museum, said to the BBC, "Basically, it just dialed the number and make the call. There was no messaging, no camera. Thirty minutes of talk-time, 10 hours to charge the battery, about 12 hours of standby time and a 6in (15cm) antenna on the top."
Contrary to today's mobile phone designs, the first phone weighed around 790g.
However, Cooper is not very fond of today's mobile phone designs. "I think today's phone is suboptimal. It's really not a very good phone in many respects. Just think about it. You take a piece of plastic and glass that's flat - and you put it against the curve of your head; you hold your hand in an uncomfortable position; when you want to do these wonderful things that it can do, you have to get an app [first]," he said.
Further, he believes AI would change the way phones will be used in the future.