Motorola DynaTAC: Meet the world?s first cellphone

New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jan 09, 2017, 11:10 AM(IST)

Martin Cooper with the Motorola DynaTAC, the world's first cell phone. (Source: Motorola) Photograph:( Others )

There is a lot of interesting information hidden deep inside archive sections on the Internet. While it’s impossible to dig out every bit of archival content available on the Internet, there is some that we think should come out and people should know about. And therefore, we, at WION, are starting with “the world’s first” series that aims to introduce people to the firsts in the world across different subjects and categories.

Beginning the series on January 9, 2017, we bring you the world’s first cellphone. Some of you may already know, but if you didn’t know, Motorola was the first company to come up with the first cellphone in the world.

On April 3, 1973, Motorola publicly demonstrated the world's first portable cellular telephone and system - Motorola DynaTAC (DYNamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage). The first public call using the Motorola DynaTAC was made in New York City by Martin Cooper, who was then heading the company’s communications systems division.

While the phone was first unveiled to the world in 1973, it was in 1980s that the company introduced it for the public. The Motorola DynaTAC phone received approval from the US Federal Communications Commission on September 21, 1983. The phone that weighed 28-ounce (794-gram) became available to consumers in 1984 at $3,995.

Later, when the phone was surpassed by lighter, smaller phones, people started referring to it as the “brick”.

DynaTAC becomes commercially available in 1984. (Source: Motorola) (Others)


Tech publication Motherboard spent a day with Martin Cooper, the father of the first cellphone. The full interview is embedded below:

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