Bell Labs first proposed the idea of a cellular system in 1947 and the first cellular phone was the culmination of efforts that begun at Bell Labs. Electrical engineer John F. Mitchell overlook the development and marketing of the first pager to use transistors after becoming Motorola's chief engineer for its mobile communication products in 1960. Bell labs worked on the system called AMPS simultaneously while motorola was developing the cellular phone itself. DynaTAC 8000x is the first commercially available cellular phone. it is small enough to be easily carried around.


DynaTAC was an abbreviation of "Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage. Dr Martin Cooper led a team that produced the DynaTAC 8000x and made the first phone call from it. DynaTAC 8000x was manufactured by Motorola in the year 1983. Its manufacturing has been discontinued.

Dimensions of DynaTAC 8000x were 300x44x89, weighing around 790gms and height was 10 inches excluding antenna.Display type: The DynaTAC 8 Series, Classic, Classic II, Ultra Classic, and Ultra Classic II had a display with red LEDs; the DynaTAC International Series with green LEDs, and the DynaTAC 6000XL used a vacuum fluorescent display. Phonebook memory of DynaTAC 8000x can store 30 contacts. Battery standby time of DynaTAC 8000x is 8 hours after full charge. The battery allowed for a call of up to 60 minutes, after which it was necessary to charge the phone up to 10 hours in a trickle charger or one hour in a fast charger, which was a separate accessory. It was available in white color. Original price of the phone was $3995. In addition to the typical 12-key telephone keypad, it had nine additional special keys: Rcl (recall), Clr (clear), Snd (send), Sto (store), Fcn (function), EndPwr (power), Lock and Vol (volume)

October 13, 1983 holds a special place in the history of cellular phones. On this day, David D Meilahn made the first commercial wireless call using DynaTAC to the former president of Ameritech Mobile Communications, Bob Barnet. He made this call from his 1983 Mercedes 380SL. Although sharing the same name, DynaTAC 6000XL and DynaTAC 8000 series was completely unrelated. DynaTAC6000 XL series phone was a transportable phone meant for installation in a vehicle. MicroTAC Series succeeded DynaTAC series in 1989. Due to its resemblance in size and weight to a standard clay-fired brick, DynaTAC 8000x was nicknamed the brick phone by users.