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Oct 16 2012   8:39AM GMT

This week in tech history: Mobile goes live

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Cellphone image via Shutterstock

On October 13, 1983, the first commercial cell phone call was made as Ameritech Mobile Communications executive Bob Barnett called Alexander Graham Bell’s nephew from Chicago’s Soldier Field using the Motorola DynaTAC handset (also known as the ‘Brick’).

The phone, weighing in at 2.5 pounds and costing $3,995, became famous as it was used in several popular movies and TV shows. We’ll give out 100 Knowledge Points to the person who can name one TV show/movie that the phone was used in. (HINT: ‘Greed is good.’)

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.

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