Fancy taking a step back in time? Well National Geographic have posted a video of the world’s first commercial cell phone call being made from a car in Chicago.
The call was made on October 13th 1983 by Bob Barnett, who was president of regional telecom, Ameritech. The call was made from a parking lot of Soldier Field in Chicago. Interestingly, the call was to Alexander Graham Bell’s great-grandson who was in Germany.
The surrounding press watched in amazement as the call was routed via the new wireless network to Germany and all from the comfort of a car. They were also given the chance to try the new technology for themselves.
It’s hard to imagine, that in the space of a few decades, the technology that AT&T said would never reach more than a million customers, dominates our daily lives and now has more than 6 billion subscriptions worldwide.
Could you imagine a world without your beloved smartphone and instant access to your daily feeds and social networks? No it doesn’t bear thinking about!