40 years ago yesterday, Martin Cooper made the very first cell phone call while standing on 6th Avenue in Manhattan. The phone had taken 90 days to build, was 10 inches long and weighed 2.5 lbs.
“As I walked down the street while talking on the phone, sophisticated New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while making a phone call,” Cooper said of that day. “Remember that in 1973, there weren’t cordless telephones, let alone cellular phones. I made numerous calls, including one where I crossed the street while talking to a New York radio reporter—probably one of the more dangerous things I have ever done in my life.”
My, how times have changed!