Quiz: When was the first cellular telephone call made?

Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 1 No. 7, April 7, 2003

  1. November 13, 1983, by Katsuhiro Otomo, a researcher for the Akira Corporation in Kyoto, Japan.
  2. June 26, 1966, by Stan Warchowski, director of research and development for Mobile Communications Research, Inc.
  3. April 3, 1973, by Martin Cooper, a researcher for Motorola, Inc.
  4. September 13, 1975, by Lt. Col. James P. Hogan, a U.S. Army engineer on detached duty with the National Security Agency.

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Answer: 3. Martin Cooper, a researcher at Motorola Inc., made the call from the corner of 56th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan on April 3, 1973. The phone was a mammoth by today’s standards—it weighed almost two pounds and was 10 inches long. Talk time was 20 minutes. Still, it was a huge advance over the car-mounted mobile phones that had been in use since the 1940s.

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