Evolution of the Cell Phone – Photos & Stories from 1983-2013

Standing on Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, Martin Cooper, the “Father of the Cell Phone” made the first cell phone call in history. It was April 3, 1973.

Whom did he call? His competitor, Joel Engel, head of AT&T Bell Labs, of course!

It wasn’t until ten years later, in 1983, that the first cell phone became widely available in the United States. At a cost of $3,995, the DynaTAC 8000x was out of reach for many people. Although by the end of 1984, there were 300,000 units sold worldwide.

Fast forward 30 years, and cell phones have become so commonplace that there are roughly 87 cell phones for every 100 people in the world. The cell phone’s journey from 1983 to 2013 has been a long one, full of innovation, successes, research, failures, defective products, and short-lived fads.

The slide show above features highlights of cell phone history pictures to remind you of what things were like.

About the Author: 
Nik Donovic finds happiness in the simple things in life. As a resident of Arizona, he spends most of his free time outdoors hiking, walking, or enjoying the occasional cool breeze instead of indoors (except in the summer, of course!)