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Those were such a huge status symbol in their day. Lots of people wanted one but few could afford one.
I don’t know what is more relic. A brick cell phone from the 70’s or payphones. I haven’t seen a payphone in about 10 years. I miss checking them to see if I could find a quarter
You okay Leo? You sound kinda… different.
Cell phones = smart phones = 24/7 connected society = what we have today ??????
He was almost run over crossing a street because he was distracted by his cellphone. True story
Nicely placed irritated business man waiting in line behind him while some lady yacks away like she has all day. Who’s laughing at his giant ugly phone now??
> A DynaTAC 8000X (First commercially available mobile phone from 1984) Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first publicized handheld mobile phone call on a prototype DynaTAC model on April 3, 1973. This is a reenactment in 2007.
DynaTAC is a series of cellular telephones manufactured by Motorola, Inc. from 1983 to 1994. The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone received approval from the U.S. FCC on September 21, 1983.
> A full charge took roughly 10 hours, and it offered 30 minutes of talk time. It also offered an LED display for dialing or recall of one of 30 phone numbers. It was priced at $3,995 in 1984, its commercial release year, equivalent to $9,410 in 2017) DynaTAC was an abbreviation of “Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage.”
> Several models followed, starting in 1985 with the 8000s, and continuing with periodic updates of increasing frequency until 1993’s Classic II.
> Throughout, the DynaTAC was the cell phone. It was regularly featured in the news and mass media, and was the symbol of wealth and futurism.
> The DynaTAC was replaced in most roles by the much smaller Motorola MicroTAC when it was first introduced in 1989, and by the time of the Motorola StarTAC’s release in 1996, it was obsolete.
I would say the specs are pretty amazing for a phone of that time.
And one of the first calls they made walking down the street was to AT&T to taunt them
Those must have been really handy in a bar fight.