First Consumer Cell Phone "No tech nostalgia collection is complete without this old-school mobile phone. Designed by Rudy Krolopp and his team, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X or "brick," as it has often been called, hit the market in 1984 to the delight of chatty Kathys everywhere, despite its gargantuan $3,995 price tag. The video (above) is one of Motorola's DynaTAC ads from the '80s."
DynaTAC is a series of cellular telephones manufactured by Motorola, Inc. from 1984 to 1994. The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone, received approval from the U.S. FCC on September 21, 1983. , and became the first cell phone to be offered commercially in 1984. It offered 30 minutes of talk time and 8 hours of standby, and a LED display for dialing or recall of one of 30 phone numbers. It was priced at $3,995 in 1983
Beautiful prototypes developed by Motorola in 70s. This research led to the release of the first truly portable commercial phone in history - the iconic Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, in 1983. The price of this phone was $4000 ($9500 in present-day money) and it had half hour of battery life.
Motorola DynaTAC, Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, was introduced to the public in 1984. This is the first public available cell phone. Compare to today's cell phone, there are many differences. This phone weighted heavier with about 1.75 pounds. When carrying this cell phone, people felt like carrying a brick on their hands or in their bags. Also, the battery can only allow a 30 minute call rather than today's thousands of minute calls.