Interestingly, the first commercially available cell phone made a debut only 32 years ago on March 13, 1984. The device was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, a handheld phone with a whopping $3,995 price tag ($9,000 inflation-adjusted dollars in 2014).
If you’re wondering why the spread of cell phones took quite a while since then, the price is your first reason, as those devices were prohibitively expensive. The DynaTAC 8000X was also not exactly light weight – it tipped the scales at nearly 30 ounces (1.875lbs). In fact, the 8000X was so big and heavy that even its creators had given it the nickname “The Brick.”
So big and heavy, it was nicknamed ‘The Brick’
Another interesting fact about the first commercially available mobile phone is that it came some 10 years after phone inventor Martin Cooper made the first phone call in 1973. Take a look at the ads about it and let us know how would you feel if you still had to use such phones today.