Check out some of the milestones that contributed to the miracle in your back pocket:
1899: In an attempt to reduce maritime collisions, Italian inventor Russo d’Azar devises a wireless system that ships can use to communicate. The Times notes that the Italian Navy has “definite orders” to adopt the technology once it’s been perfected.
1946: Ralph Hersey, a native of New Jersey, receives a patent for a combinationradio-telephone system that doesn’t rely on wires to send transmissions.
1973: Motorola releases the “Dyna T-A-C,” the first wireless portable phone. The device weighs just under two pounds, and “can connect with any telephone anywhere.”
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