I advocate we now live in a Mobile First World. Consequently I was taken aback when I learned the cell phone turned 40 last Wednesday. Made me wonder, are things really changing that rapidly as everyone claims or is real change, slow and gradual?
It is documented that Marty Cooper called Joel Engel April 3rd, 1973 on his cell phone from Manhattan. A couple of additional points of trivia:
- Marty was a Division Manager at Motorola when he invented the cell phone. Joel Engel was his number one rival at Bell Labs. “Joe, this is Marty. I am calling you from a cell phone.” Touché!
- The handheld portable cell phone Marty used was the Motorola Dyna TAC 8000x. It weighed 2.5 pounds. The average weight of a cell phone today is 4 ounces.
According to the CTIA, the Wireless Association, there are approximately 322 million total U.S. subscriber connections. Remember, our current population is 313.9 million, so there are people reading this post today that have more than one cell phone.
Some more key statistics: Nielsen now estimates that 53% of the cell phones are smartphones; the Pew Research Center just reported 62%. Now think about all the functions your smartphone is now capable of performing, especially since the last smartphone or flip phone you owned. Did these changes happen over night or the changes have been gradual over time since the “Father of the Cell Phone” Marty Cooper stuck it to his rival Joel Engel forty years ago?
What do you think? Is real change rapid or slow and gradual!