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This day, exactly 40 years ago, Marty Cooper made the first ever mobile phone call from a sidewalk in New York City and the rest is ‘portable communication’ history. A Motorola executive at the time, Marty was said to have called rival Bell labs (now AT&T) to see ‘if the call sounds good on your end.’ The phone used to make the call was the Motorola DynaTAC and it weighed 2.5 pounds and cost a mere $3.995!

So when you’re about to complain about the price of the latest smartphone and how ‘heavy’ it is, spare a thought for Marty and the other early adopters of what was the first commercially available mobile phone.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal.

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  • I got my hands on a Nokia Cityman back in he early days of 088 – not that was a big phone, this week I just took possession of my new HTC One, my how things have changed! Glad to see you liked it (the HTC One not the Cityman) in your latest review! Keep up the good work, love the new site.



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