It took fifteen years and US$100 million ($168.7 million) to advance cellular technology to the point of the mobile phone, and just 20 years for the device to reach almost complete worldwide ubiquity.
In 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X phone was the first portable cellular phone to become available for consumer purchase -- incidentally igniting a frenzy of growth and consumer demand for personal wireless communication.
Later dubbed ‘the brick’, the handset itself weighed almost 800 grams, was 13 x 1.75 x 3.5 inches in dimension, boasted one hour of talk time and eight hours of standby time and featured a LED display.
"Consumers were so impressed by the concept of being always accessible with a portable phone that waiting lists for the DynaTAC 8000X were in the thousands, despite the initial US$3,995 ($6,743) retail price," recalled Rudy Krolopp, one of the original Motorola design team members responsible for creating the DynaTAC 8000X phone.
"In 1983, the notion of simply making wireless phone calls was revolutionary and it was an exciting time to be pioneering the technology at Motorola."
Motorola has continued its legacy of innovation to launch the MicroTAC handset in 1989, which featured a flip-lid mouthpiece and was the smallest and lightest phone on the market.
Later designs included the Motorola StarTAC (1996) wearable phone, the model V60 (2001) flip-phone, and the revolutionary model V70 (2002) with a rotating cover, funky display and blue backlighting.
Further down the track and we have the A830 (2002) the world's first dual-mode, tri-band, UMTS/WCDMA mobile phone with an integrated video camera, an embedded MP3 player and the ability to access voice and data services simultaneously.
"When Motorola designed the world's first mobile phone, the 'dream' of staying connected with family and friends away from the home land-line was the primary influence. Fast forward twenty years and we look at the concept of mobile phones in a whole new light because we are designing with a new consumer 'dream' in mind," explained Tim Parsey, Corporate Vice President, Consumer Experience Design, Motorola PCS.
"Today consumers seek ways to extend the way they choose to live. The mobile communication device is now an essential tool to enrich relationships, entertain, provide seamless productivity and become a focal point to express individuality. It is a world of communicating, sharing, creating and entertaining with voice, text, images, music and videos”.