Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy 25th to the Cell Phone.

The first commercial cellphone call in the United States was made 25 years ago this week: Bob Barnett, then president of Ameritech Mobile Communications, called from a Chrysler convertible at Soldier Field in Chicago, to the grandson of Alexander Graham Bell, who was in Berlin, Germany.

The first cellphone on the market, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, weighed 28 ounces (thus its nickname, "the brick") and cost $3,995.

There are now more than 262 million wireless users in the country. [NY Post]
That $3,995 was worth $8,534 in 2008 dollars. Calls back then were like $10 a minute too.

Today when my wife can't find her phone buried under all the junk in her purse she has our 8-year-old call it from his.