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Mobile turns 40, sees no fanfare

Mobile turns 40, sees no fanfare
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Washington (AFP): The mobile phone turned 40 on Thursday, with no fanfare to mark the occasion in a market which seemed focused on new smart phones...

mob2Washington (AFP): The mobile phone turned 40 on Thursday, with no fanfare to mark the occasion in a market which seemed focused on new smart phones like the iPhone and a possible Facebook-themed device.

The first mobile call was placed April 3, 1973, by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper, head of a team working on mobile communication technologies. Cooper made the call on Sixth Avenue in New York, before going into a press conference using a Motorola Dyna TAC- a device that weighed one kilogram, (2.2 pounds) and had a battery life of 20 minutes, according to Motorola.

Cooper told the technology website The Verge last year that he placed the first call to a rival, Joel Engler of Bell Labs. "To this day, he resents what Motorola did in those days," Cooper said. Earlier this year, Cooper and his team were honoured with the Draper Prize by the National Academy of Engineering for their work.

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