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Could you hear me then?

Motorola introduced its 2-pound, 13-inch hand-held cellular phone (the DynaTAC 8000X, nicknamed “The
Brick”) in 1984. Ameritech—the first cellular carrier—charged subscribers $50 a month plus 40¢ a minute peak; 24¢ off-peak.
A Motorola publicity photo, 1980s

A Motorola publicity photo, 1980s

“Our market research on price point indicated buyers would be a select group of . . . large company executives.”

—Paul Gudonis, recalling the 1983 launch of the Ameritech cellular network

Motorola DynaTAC, about 1990

Motorola DynaTAC, about 1990

Chicago user, 1980s

Chicago user, 1980s

 
Cell phone users: 
 
1985: 340, 213
1995: 33,758,661
2005: 207,896,198
Sitcom character Zack Morris, 1989

Sitcom character Zack Morris, 1989

"Hello . . . I'd like to order a large pizza with mushrooms, anchovies, and—the hottest peppers you can find."
—"Zack Morris," 1989
 
By the end of the 1980s, cell phones were increasingly becoming normalized—appearing in movies and TV sitcoms, and being used to conduct everyday life, not just business.