Birth of the Cell Phone

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Friday, October 13 — With the national median age being 37.9 years, only half of the country’s population experienced life in what might strike young people as a bleak, dark and difficult age. Practically unimaginable today, there was a time when cell phones didn’t exist. The first modern cell phone was introduced on this date in 1983 in Chicago. It was demonstrated in a call to Alexander Graham Bell’s grandson, in Berlin, Germany at the time. The phone’s price was $3,995.

In 1990, there were just over 5 million people in the country with cell phones. By 2000, that number was nearly 110 million. Now, 95 percent of Americans have cell phones or smart phones.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online here.

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