This may come as a shock for some of you, but the history of cellular phones starts back in December 1947, when Douglas H. Ring and W. Rae Young, Bell Labs engineers, discovered hexagonal cells for mobile phones. First, they never thought this could be applied to cell phones found in our pockets, but rather as a way to implement phones in vehicles.
The early cellular networks did not have the ability to maintain the call if one of the users was moving from one cell tower coverage area to another. This mean that if a person wanted to make a call, they should have remained in the same area or the call would have been interrupted.
Before 1973, all the mobile cellular networks were limited to phones installed in cars and moving vehicles like trains. The first handled mobile phone in the world was produced by Motorola, and the first call with that phone was made in April 3, 1973, by Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive. That devices had an autonomy of 30 minutes, and a 10 hours recharge time.
Our list starts with 1987, because that was the year that the first analog cellular system was widely introduced in North America by the Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS).
Wow, looking at all these cool devices, I can only state that we, as smartphone users and fanatics, have come a long, long way. Here is an updated list with all the cellphones I owned until today. What is your all time favorite cellular phone?
image credit: reddit.com, imgur.com
source: History of mobile phones