Dynatac Cellular Telephone


Motorola produced the DynaTAC cell phone in 1984 after more than a decade of work in cellular research and technology. The Motorola DynaTAC (an abbreviation of Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) was the first commercially available portable handheld cell phone. The phone was a 9-inches tall, weighed 2.5 pounds, had 30 minutes of battery life, and sold for $4,000. The Federal Communications Commission divided the country into market areas and licensed cellular service to two companies per market, one affiliated with a wired telephone company and one non-wired franchise. Cellular One was the company formed by the American Radio Telephone Service and Motorola to offer cell service in the Washington D.C. area, the company that sold and provided service for this DynaTAC phone.

Date Made: ca 1990ca 1989

Maker: Motorola Inc.

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Communications, American Enterprise

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: from Daniel Henderson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0095.046Catalog Number: 2003.0095.046Accession Number: 2003.0095

Object Name: portable telephonecellular telephone

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 19.6 cm x 4.2 cm x 7.5 cm; 7 11/16 in x 1 5/8 in x 2 15/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-56f3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1191361

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