The initial mobile phone call was completed 40 years ago yesterday, on 3 April 1973.Marty Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival coworker at other telecoms company and announced he was speaking from "a 'real' cellular phone”. A report accepted by the International Telecommunication Union found that there were six billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide in 2012.
Martin Cooper, now aged 85, is well-known as the "father" of the mobile phone. He was also satisfied to have been one tread ahead of the competition. According to Dr Mike Short CBE, former president of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and Vice President of Telephonic Europe, in 40 years we've moved quickly from the mobile phone as a businessman's tool, through consumerisation and internet access to all being connected.