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Happy 40th anniversary cell phone!

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Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first private handheld mobile phone call on a larger prototype model in 1973. This is a reenactment in 2007. Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first private handheld mobile phone call on a larger prototype model in 1973. This is a reenactment in 2007.

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Today marks the 40th anniversary of the now-standard item in our daily lives: the cellular telephone.

Step back in the time machine, and see if you remember the old phones; called "portable," the bag phones and the brick phones that were so cutting edge at the time, are now laughable with iPhones and Android devices in our pockets and purses.

The prices have become smaller as well. Paying $3,995 then for a phone equates to about $8,700 in today's dollars. In both time frames, there weren't, or wouldn't be many buyers.

Some of the first cell phones weighed in at a hefty 2.5 pounds and yielded a paltry 20 minutes or so of talk time.

For some comparison, a current iPhone weighs 3.95 ounces, offers 8-10 hours of talk time and all sorts of web and data for users.

So wish your cellphone a happy anniversary today while you're placing your lunch take-out order, texting friends or reading this story.

Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first private handheld mobile phone call on a larger prototype model in 1973. This is a reenactment in 2007.

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