History of the Mobile Phone

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The first mobile call was placed in St. Louis, Missouri on June 17, 1946 after 10 years of research by Bell Lab scientists. The call was made from a telephone set installed in an automobile.

1947: AT&T introduced Mobile Telephone Service to 100 towns. Mobile Telephone Service was a rarity with only 5,000 customers placing about 30,000 calls each week. The equipment was heavy and the service was expensive.

Fun Fact – Only three customers in any given city could make mobile telephone calls at one time on the three radio channels.

1960: The first fully automated mobile phone system for vehicles was launched in Sweden.

1965: AT&T introduced the Improved Mobile Telephone Service with additional radio channels and customer dialing instead of using an operator.

Fun Fact – In New York, NY, mobile customers had to wait 30 minutes to place a call.

April 3, 1973: Motorola researcher  made the first mobile telephone call outside of a vehicle. The prototype weighed 2.5 pounds, had a talk time of 30 minutes, and took 10 hours to re-charge.

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