25 Aug The First of Many Motorola Cell Phones
When the very first mobile phones were manufactured, they were large in size and rather bulky. They were also weighty and caused problems when people carried them around with them. The first one was sold on the market in the United States in 1983. Motorola Cell Phones had the honors of doing this. There was no Nextel or Metro PCS Cell Phones on the radar at this point. The first was a DynaTac model that weighed a pound, costing consumers about $ 3,500. The next year, they introduced another DynaTac version, the 8000X and the cost was $ 3,995.
In the early 1990s, a million subscribers would start using the mobile phone in the United States. In 1991, Motorola Cell Phones introduced a third phone model, the MicroTac Lite and the price tag for that was $ 1,000.
Even though AT & T and Bell Labs had created a mobile device prior to Motorola's phone's coming out, it would be years before they could start putting their on the market. And this was before other brands like Metro PCS Cell Phones came to be. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) took forever to grant the license that they needed to move forward.
If it had not been for the feds dragging their feet on the issue, AT & T would have shut out Motorola Cell Phones as having the very first mobile phone to be sold in the United States. However, that was not to be. At the time the commercial analog service came out, the phone company in Chicago had changed its name to Ameritech from the previous Illinois Bell Phone Company.
Altogether, it took almost 40 years for the Federal Government to make these devices commercially available in the United States. Since there was a lot of consumer demand, they had no choice but to up the ante.
By the year 1987, customers for these phones had exceeded one million. Back then, the space for usage was getting tight and crowded. It was time to implement some changes. The allocation for redundancies was increased, the cells that existed were split and the technology had improved.
The FCC also made some changes. They were not willing to provide additional bandwidth and they did not want to pay for additional splitting cells nor did they want to build any more. In the same year (1987), the Federal Government determined that other technologies of cell phones could be used.
The industry has since found new ways of embracing technology. This concept is still going on today and has evolved into a money making system.
By Paul Wise