On this day April 3, 1973

The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States by Martin Cooper to a rival, Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs..

Cooper is widely considered to be the inventor of the first practical mobile phone for hand-held use in a non-vehicle setting. Cooper is the first inventor named on “Radio telephone system” filed on October 17, 1973 with the US Patent Office and later issued as US Patent 3,906,166.

Other named contributors on the patent included Cooper’s boss, John F. Mitchell, Motorola’s chief of portable communication products, who successfully pushed Motorola to develop wireless communication products that would be small enough to use outside the home, office or automobile and participated in the design of the cellular phone.


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