Then & Now

Honey, they shrunk the cellphone!


Then & Now


My, How You’ve Slimmed Down



Cellphones have come a long way since 1983, when the first mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, was—after 10 years and $100 million worth of research—finally approved by the FCC for release to the public. Today, about 1.2 billion people own cellphones, with new models debuting daily. What about landlines? Experts predict they will soon go the way of the telegraph.



Official Name: DynaTAC 8000X


Moniker: The Brick               


Weight: 2 lbs.


Talk Time: 60 minutes            


Time Required To Fully Recharge: 10 hours               


Cool Features: None


Cost: $3,995




Official Name: RAZR2 V8


Moniker: Razor


Weight: 4.1 oz.


Talk Time: 500 minutes


Time Required To Fully Charge: N/A


Cool Features: 2.0 megapixel camera; music player; full HTML browser; Bluetooth wireless technology


Cost:  $200-$300, depending on service provider





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