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Commentary / Pew – The First Cell Phone Call

Commentary: Mobile The First Cell Phone Call: Excerpt from “Networked: The New Social Operating System” by Joanna Brenner, Apr 3, 2013

  • “April 3, 1973 (40 years ago today): The first cell phone call was made on a prototype of what would become the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x (, by Martin Cooper. Fast forward to April 3, 2013: Our recent surveys show that 87% of American adults have a cell phone, along with 78% of American teenagers ages 12 to 17. 44% of adult cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed; 67% find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls even when they don’t notice it ringing or vibrating; and 29% describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.” In short: The U.S. has gone mobile.”
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