This week's Gadget Show and, below, the Motorola DYNATAC
mobile phone |
stood for Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage - and the 8000x model was the first cell phone to be offered commercially.
8000x Released: 1985 While portable telephones - carried around with handles and in cases - existed already, this was the world's first handheld mobile phone.
the value of early mobiles can vary hugely, however some early brick phones can be worth more than pounds 1,000, especially the very first ones, such as some versions of the Motorola Dynatac
Fewer still use Motorola DynaTAC
8000s or other '80s-era cell phones.
The Motorola DynaTAC
8000X brought mobile calling to around 300,000 very wealthy people in 1983.
The first real, portable, battery-operated handheld cell phone was called the DynaTAC
and cost $4,000.
The world's first mobile phone, the DynaTAC
8000X, weighed 785g and was 300mm tall, 44mm wide and 89mm thick with a150mm aerial.
HISTORY/TECHNOLOGY: The world's first mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC
8000X, went on the market in 1984.
Last year, GlobalSpec saluted the Motorola engineering team responsible for building the DynaTAC
, the world's first cellular telephone.
stood for Dynamic Adaptive Total Age - and the 8000x model was the one to be offered commercially.
) Motorola DynaTAC
8000x , a device that was nine inches long, weighed 2.
It installed the first prototype cell phone demonstration system in Washington DC in 1971; unveiled the first portable cell phone prototype, the DynaTAC
, in 1973; enabled the first commercial cell phone call, which was made on the DynaTAC
by Ameritech, in Chicago in 1983; and introduced MicroTAC, the industry's first compact cell phone, in 1989.
Currently, a good condition early DynaTAC
phone, complete with packaging and instructions, would set you back about pounds 200 or so.
The most treasured of those big-as-a-housebrick doorstoppers of the 1980s and 1990s, the Motorola DynaTAC
8000x - weighing nearly a kilogram or the equivalent of two bags of sugar - sells for pounds 1,000.