The Cell Phone Turns 40: Over the Hill?

Over the years we've seen mobile phones evolve from simple 'calls on' devices to become the smartphones we use today. Gone are the days when your phone made phone calls. Now calling is just one of many functions and some phone owners may argue that it isn't even the most important one. Between SMS, MMS, email, web browsing, social networking, texts, and VoIP, the cell phone hasn't been just a phone for years. But just how old is the cell phone? Perhaps older than you might think.

Today, the mobile celebrates its 40th birthday. On April 3, 1973, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the first phone call from a mobile phone. Forty years on, the telephone has all but moved on from buttons. The touchscreen is more popular than ever and smartphone adoption continues to grow. Big companies like Google and Apple are constantly duking it out for number one, while old champs like Nokia and BlackBerry, which exist solely for the production of cell phones, are still struggling to get it right. 

Do you remember your first cell phone? Hold old were you? What kind of phone was it? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Nokia 3210 ftw
  • Mine was a Philips Diga, in 1997!
  • i think cell phone has become truly popular (in Hong Kong) since 2000, everyone has one, even students. since then everyone go out of home must with a cell phone.

    before cell phone, it was pager.