40 Years of Mobile Phones

Today celebrated the 40th anniversary of the very first phone call using a mobile phone, the call was from one Motorola employee to their competitor at the time – AT&T. We’re going to take a look at some of the gems that the past 40 year’s of mobile technology has bequeathed us with. According to some websites there are over 999 Billion phones in the world (you might want some of this with that). There’s no doubt that Ireland’s cupboards and drawers are hiding away some of these age-old relics of tech.

Fact sheet: Motorola DynaTAC - the first mobile phone from 1973
Motorola 1973 DynaTAC – The world’s first mobile phone (Source: ibnlive.in.com)

10 years of fastidious development later and we get the DynaTAC 8000X….

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X
1983 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X – Spot the difference with the 1973 model (source: Motorola Archive)

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IBM enter the scene in 1992 with the world’s first smart phone (a PDA crossed with a fax machine and a telephone)

IBM Simon
The IBM Simon – Hailed as the world’s first smart phone (source: research.microsoft.com)
1996 The Motorola GTAC
1996 The Motorola GTAC – weighing in at just 93 grams it was the world’s lightest phone for the time (source: sciencemuseum.org.uk)
Nokia 8110
1996 Nokia 8110, Made famous for it’s appearance in The Matrix (made fun of on youTube – search ‘Banana Phone’) (source:Alamy)
2001 Nokia 5510
One of the first QWERTY enabled mobile phones complete with 64MB of MP3 storage (source: GSM Arena)
T-Mobile Sidekick (2007)
The third iteration of the T-Mobile Sidekick


The Modu – Recognised as the world’s lightest phone (weighing just 40.1g) (Source: designbuzz.com)

Today’s phones are becoming a lot more feature rich thanks to guys like Nashtech Software and other mobile application development companies but we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the pioneers who went before. We hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. Watch this space for a more in-depth look at mobile technology throughout the ages.

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