Mobile Technology

First Cellphone Call Was Made 40 Years Ago Today

A long time ago in a far away world


Martin Cooper changed the world when he made the first cellphone call 40 years ago.

The former Motorola vice president and division manager made the call on the company's DynaTAC phone while standing in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue. His first call: to the head of research at Bell Labs, which had also been racing to build the first cellphone.