ON April 3, 1973, Marty Copper made the very first mobile phone call, through what was then known as a cellular telephone, thus marking its 40th anniversary this month.
Marty, who at the time was an employee for Motorola, made the call using a Motorola DynaTAC. This was considered a prototype that went on to become the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, the first ever commercially-available mobile phone, available to the public in 1983.
Cheap international calls provider, Firstnumber, are truly stunned by the recent advancements in mobile technology, considering the Motorola DynaTAC prototype was around 23cm tall and was more than one kilogram in weight, with only 35-minute talk time after a ten-hour charge, featuring only a ‘single-line, text only LED screen’.
No-one at the time was able to predict the recent advancements in mobile technology and how important the internet would be to help shape the incredibly capable smartphones we have today.
A spokesperson from Firstnumber commented on the recent anniversary:
“Considering that recent research has predicted that there will be around 900 million smartphones sold throughout 2013, not including basic feature phones. Along with there being an estimated five billion mobile phone owners in the world today, mobile phones have become part of almost everyone’s life in one way or another, spanning the entire globe.
“As a company who provides low cost international calls, we believe the biggest advantage of mass mobile phone access is the instant connectivity to family and friends – no matter where they are in the world. The cost to call internationally has reduced dramatically over the years and it is now possible to call anyone, without the previous restrains of being limited to a landline.”
To help put this into perspective – mobile phone texting, otherwise known as Short Message Service (SMS), was not introduced until 1992. An interesting piece of information that may go unnoticed by the younger generations. Today, text messaging is considered one of the staple components of a mobile device.
If you want to find out more about making cheap international mobile calls visit www.firstnumber.co.uk to find out more.
Firstnumber.co.uk is an online phone directory offering direct dial access codes that reduce the cost of making international calls from both UK landlines and mobile phones. Providing cheap international calls to over 500 countries that include cheap calls to Australia, Germany, France, Italy and many more.
Firstnumber.co.uk was launched in 2004 and is a trading style of Wavecrest.
First Number / WaveCrest, 1st Floor,
4-12 Norton Folgate,
Enquiries: 0870 801 7800