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40 years since the first call and what's really changed? Er, everything

We've come a long way, baby.

It's 40 years to the day since the first public mobile phone call was made in New York City. A prototype Motorola DynaTAC was groundbreaking tech at the time - a 9-inch brick-like behemoth boasting 30 circuit boards, a 35 minute talk time and took 10 hours to charge.

Other notable events from 1973 include the Watergate scandal, the end of the Vietnam war and the birth of everybody's favourite corn-rowed dance-hall-fusion patois-singer Sean Paul.

Motorola Dynatac

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