Happy 40th Birthday to the Cell Phone

Happy 40th Birthday to the Cell Phone

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It's hard to believe cell phones have been around for 40 years.

They've become a staple in society, and to some, a life necessity.

"If I didn't have my cell phone, I'd probably go nuts because I couldn't get on the Internet," says Kristina Friend of Mobile.

We can all thank Martin Cooper, who made the first call from a cell phone on April 3, 1973.

The phone he used only weighed about 2 and a half pounds, and it had a battery life of a whopping 20 minutes.

The evolution of the cell phone has been fast-paced.

A lot of us remember the "Zack Morris phone," also known as The Brick.

Clarence Jones of Pascagoula, Mississippi had one of those phones. He'd take it back in a heart beat.

"Oh I loved that phone. You used to look so cool walking around with it," said Jones.

Similar to the one Cooper used, that phone had a battery life of about 30 minutes, 20 large buttons, and a long antenna.

In 1989-- the first flip phone was introduced with the Motorola Microtac.

Who can forget the Nokia? And the one thing everyone remembers if for-- the game, "Snake."

In 1998, the Nokia had a talk time of about 3 hours.

In 2007, Apple introduced the game changer... the Iphone-- and since it can do just about anything, most of us don't even use it for the purpose cells phones were even invented for back in 1973.

16% of cell phone owners actually use their phones for conversation. The other 84% say they use their phones for texting, web browsing, social media, and navigation.

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