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How much did the first handheld cell phone weigh?

a. 3 pounds
b. 5 pounds
c. 2 pounds
d. 2.5 pounds

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Answer: The first commercially available handheld cellular phone was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, which hit the market in 1983 and weighed in at 2 pounds. It was priced at $3,995 and offered a half-hour of talk per batter charge. It also had a catchy nickname: “the brick.”

The DynaTAC took a decade to reach the public, mostly because cell towers and other infrastructure had to be put in place first, although it did shed a half-pound in the process. The first handheld cellular call was made by Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using an earlier handset that weighed 2.5 pounds.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 9:39 AM


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