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15 Influential Innovations of the Past 50 Years

Car phones were around in the 1970s, but it wasn't until 1983 that Motorola introduced the first widely available handheld cell phone. The DynaTAC 8000x weighed almost 2 pounds and cost $3,995. With today’s cell phones, not only are you connected to everyone you know at a moments notice, but you are also able to connect to emergency services. The technology has advanced to such a degree that a person carrying a cell phone can be located even if the phone is merely turned on. So the question rema

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Technology — Cell phones

Car phones were around in the 1970s, but it wasn't until 1983 that Motorola introduced the first widely available handheld cell phone. The DynaTAC 8000x weighed almost 2 pounds and cost $3,995. With today’s cell phones, not only are you connected to everyone you know at a moments notice, but you are also able to connect to emergency services. The technology has advanced to such a degree that a person carrying a cell phone can be located even if the phone is merely turned on. So the question is, what did we do before cell phones?

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