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The Mobile Phone Turns 40 Published: April 3, 2013

The mobile phone turned 40 Wednesday, Daily Tech reports.

On April 3, 1973 Martin Cooper used his Motorola DynaTAC cellphone prototype to place a call in downtown Manhattan. The call lasted 20 minutes and drained his battery, but it was the beginning of mobile technology.

“The first cellphone model weighed over one kilo and you could only talk for 20 minutes before the battery ran out. Which is just as well because you would not be able to hold it up for much longer,” Cooper recalls.

Now we have smaller and slimmer phones that do more than just place a phone call. They keep us informed about what’s going on in the world, allow us to caption our daily routines with photos and video and serve as compact stereos.

Technology has definitely changed, so wish the cellphone happy birthday below and share your first experience with one.

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