40 Years of Cellphone History
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

The original cellphone, which debuted in 1973, paved the way for many of today’s mobile devices. When looking at the top US phone makers–Apple, Samsung and LG–it’s evident cellphones have come a long way, including powerful processors, voice and facial recognition, stunning screen quality and thin, sleek designs.

Forty years ago today, Motorola’s Martin Cooper, 84, placed the first phone call in New York City. The call reportedly lasted 20 minutes.

To commemorate the history of the cellphone, Column Five and Mashable have created an informative infographic. Take a look and see how cellphones have evolved over the years:

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