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FAQ:

Q: What year did cell phones begin?

A: The first handheld mobile phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing c. 2 kilograms (4.4 lbs). In 1979, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) launched the world’s first cellular network in Japan. In 1983, the DynaTAC 8000x was the first commercially available handheld mobile phone.

Q: When did using cell phones become common?

A: Enabling technology for mobile phones was first developed in the 1940s but it was not until the mid 1980s that they became widely available. By 2011, it was estimated in Britain that more calls were made using mobile phones than wired devices.

Q: When were personal cell phones invented?

A: The first cellular phone was invented and demonstrated in 1973 by Martin Cooper , an engineer and general manager for Motorola , who successfully developed a portable handset using cellular communications technology.