Happy 40th Birthday to the Cell Phone

Happy 40th Birthday to the Cell Phone

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Gulf Shores Shooter Arrested

    Gulf Shores Shooter Arrested

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 20:12:47 GMT
    The Gulf Shores Police Department has arrested the suspect accused of shooting a Spanish Fort teenager.
    The Gulf Shores Police Department has arrested the suspect accused of shooting a Spanish Fort teenager.
  • SLIDESHOW: Gabby Giffords Ship Naming

    SLIDESHOW: Gabby Giffords Ship Naming

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:11:34 GMT
    See pictures of the former Arizona congresswoman during her trip to Austal, as she laid the keel on the U.S.S. Gabrielle Giffords.
    See pictures of the former Arizona congresswoman during her trip to Austal, as she laid the keel on the U.S.S. Gabrielle Giffords.
  • Surveillance Camera Captures Police Chase

    Surveillance Camera Captures Police Chase

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:46:59 GMT
    News 5 has surveillance video of Wednesday's police chase in Baldwin County. Witnesses say they're frustrated with police. News 5's Blake Brown explains.
    News 5 has surveillance video of Wednesday's police chase in Baldwin County. Witnesses say they're frustrated with police. News 5's Blake Brown explains.
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.