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Tacodan
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:34:14 AM

Martin Cooper changed the world when he made the first cellphone call 40 years ago.
The former Motorola vice president and division manager made the call on the company's DynaTAC phone while standing in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue. His first call: to the head of research at Bell Labs, which had also been racing to build the first cellphone.
Cooper's call did more than untether people from their traditional fixed phone lines; it opened the door to true mobility and continues to affect virtually every aspect of our lives.
Long gone are the clunky phones such as the DynaTAC, or the large cellphone famously used by Zack Morris on "Saved by the Bell." In their place are sleek smartphones and tablets with massive brains and access to a super-fast wireless connection. People don'
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 8:28:28 AM

A lot has changed in 40 years.
millerin
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 7:40:50 AM

what's next?
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:34:16 AM

MOTOROLA (previously Galvin) also made the FIRST CAR RADIO.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 6:09:40 AM

Maybe you could tell us how this is related to gas prices? Huh Tacodan?
hadji812
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 12:26:34 AM

how long till we switch from cell phones to satalite phones?
bill294
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:44:56 PM

Hooray Cooper!
molebaby96
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:57:34 PM

And I can't make one today at my home.
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:12:26 PM

Yeah, they were like a brick but a lot heavier.
A_NY_Outlaw
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 6:05:00 PM

And they likely weighed 10 pounds...lol.
Maybe we need to get back to the big bulky phones so people stop using them while driving.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 5:19:07 PM

interesting
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 3:56:56 PM


The first cellphone call was made 40 years ago today followed by the first auto accident caused by the driver being distracted from talking on the cellphone.

Somethings never change.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 3:24:07 PM

On Apr 3, 2013 12:58:22 PM, eye-spy wrote:

>If only Alexander Graham Bell was alive today to
>witness just how far his invention has gone.

If Alexander Graham Bell was alive today and heard "There's an app for that!" he would have to ask "What's an App?"

I'm quite alive, and the first time I heard "There's an app for that!" I had to assume (correctly) what an "app" was.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 3:10:38 PM

On Apr 3, 2013 11:14:01 AM, Van_Halen wrote:

>It wasn't a phone, it was a hand held BRICK with an antenna!

As Iridium satellite phones are to this day.

>The term Cellular Phone came about because the idiots asked to back
>the concept of being able to wirelessly link into the phone system couldn't
>grasp that it was a hand held transceiver with access to the phone system,
>so it was explained that a phone would use groups of "cells" consisting of
>towers to access the phone system, hence the misnomer Cellular Phone.

They called the early technology "cellular phones" because they could reuse frequencies from long distances away. Nowadays, the cellular phone providers use the technology of limited-range towers where a moving phone would automatically and seamlessly hand off between towers. AMPS is not what I would think of as modern cell phone technology, in fact all carriers in the USA are no longer supporting it.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 2:54:44 PM

I bet it was a big clunker.
eye-spy
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 1:58:22 PM

If only Alexander Graham Bell was alive today to witness just how far his invention has gone.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 1:39:14 PM

Probably shortly followed by the first cell phone related accident.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 1:15:05 PM

Really? The first call was to a competitor and it was a call to the guy in the commercials where he said "can you hear me now?"
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:30:05 PM

Ha! Back when they were HUGE & heavy ;)
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:16:31 PM

I made money from doing AM detuning studies for cell companies.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 12:14:01 PM

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It wasn't a phone, it was a hand held BRICK with an antenna!

And they should have never been called phones because they are not phones, they are two way transceivers with access to POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service - the land line phone system).

The term Cellular Phone came about because the idiots asked to back the concept of being able to wirelessly link into the phone system couldn't grasp that it was a hand held transceiver with access to the phone system, so it was explained that a phone would use groups of "cells" consisting of towers to access the phone system, hence the misnomer Cellular Phone. They also didn't want the new device confused with the already available and also misnamed mobile car phone which took up half a car truck to allow calls to be made from the car via radio towers.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:46:48 AM

Another invention that has caused problems with our social network.
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:45:53 AM

Then you could only talk. Today my work phone is much much more.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:43:43 AM

things goes fast today.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:20:30 AM

Wow, it didn't seem that long ago.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:55:22 AM

time does fly.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:46:11 AM

Interesting but has nothing to do with gas prices.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:42:33 AM

They would be less of a problem if they if they were still big and clunky.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:40:13 AM

and the first wreck caused by an inattentive driver happened 5 minuets later
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:38:35 AM

OK
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