Mobile phone celebrates 40th anniversary

Mobile phone technology has come a long way since the first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago, but there is a lot more innovation to look forward to.

On April 3 1973 in America, Motorola employee Martin Cooper made the first ever call on a mobile phone – a triumph that lead to years of development, new inventions, and to what we know as the smartphone today.

The device was 9 inches tall, comprised 30 circuit boards, had a talk-time of 35 minutes, and took 10 hours to recharge.

People depend on phones for internet access, social networking, maps, morning alarms, games, apps and more – but an experimental phone call in 1973 is where it all began.

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