The Motorola MicroTAC -1989
The 1st ever flip-up phone.
In 1989 Motorola launches MicroTAC, its first flip-phone.
It had a hinged cover that flips open from the bottom of the device to reveal the keypad.
As the smallest and lightest phone on the market at the time, the unit weighed 12.3 ounces,
measured 6.75 x 2.25 x 1.25 inches and retailed between $2,495 and $3,495
An interesting design feature was the retractable aerial. In fact, the aerial does nothing
as it is purely for show. The unit features an internal antenna, however, the pull up plastic
was added after focus groups in the US felt that any phone should have a visible aerial.
We have 3 Motorola MicroTAC phones in the museum. (But no Star Trek communicators.)
It is interesting to note that 20 years earlier, in 1968/69 a flip up phone / communicator
was part of the original science fiction Star Trek series.
Several Motorola 8000 series brick phones.
including the UK model the 8500
The Motorola 8000x 28 oz 1983. The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X phone became the
first FCC-approved portable cellular telephone in 1983 Price $3,995
Then followed the 8438AG at 24 oz and 8500X at 26 oz
The 8500X was sold in the U.S. in 1986, and overseas around (circa) 1990.
The 1986 model is putty in color. The overseas version have was a dark
charcoal gray in colour. A red triangle with blue and white stripes to the left
of the Motorola logo marks the non-U.S. versions.
The Motorola 8000X
By February of 1973, Motorola had succeeded in producing the first working DynaTAC portable phone prototype.
The left hand picture shows a man in 1973 holding the prototype. The right hand picture shows the final 8000X in 1983/4
We also have in the museum very early digital mobile phone with credit card sized simm card.
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