Can you hear me now? Cellphone turns 40
- Nidhi Subbaraman for NBC News April 4th, 2013
- Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/can-you-hear-me-now-cellphone-turns-40-1C9201090
Forty years ago, Martin Cooper, a VP at Motorola, made history by placing the very first cellphone call. Appropriately enough, he called his rival at AT&T's Bell Labs.
Thirty-three years later, a slightly more theatrical Steve Jobs dialed a Starbucks cafe in San Francisco to order 4,000 lattes, making the first public phone call from the very first iPhone while a hushed auditorium filled with journalists watched.
In between those prank calls, the cellphone morphed from a chunky plastic giant to a slender glass slab that doubles up as a computer and camera.