The first handheld cellphone was Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. It was sold at approximately $4,000 on March 13, 1984. (Nearly 1 million dollars Today). Due to its similarity in size and weight to a standard clay fired brick, The DynaTac 8000X was nicknamed as “The Brick Phone” by it’s inventors and creators. It weighed 790 g, 13 inches high, stored 30 numbers and took 10 hours to recharge. it had nine additional special keys.
The DynaTAC 8000X was truly the first mobile telephone which could connect to the telephone network without the assistance of a mobile operator. It was the world’s first mobile phone without wire and that was it’s best feature at that time.
From Motorola’s point of view, it was a runaway success. “We didn’t design them for teenagers — well, unless it was a teenager with $4,000.”