This week marked 50 years since a historic phone call.
Cooper in 1973: A big call made on a large phone
As Statista's Felix Richter reports
On April 3, 1973 Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the world's first mobile phone call while standing on a New York street.
Calling his main rival at Bell Labs Joel Engel to gloat, it is presumed.
The call was made on what would later become the Motorola DynaTAC prototype.
Cooper later recalled
"I said, 'Joel this is Marty. I'm calling from a mobile phone, a handheld, portable, real cellphone. The other end was silent. "I suspect he was gnashing his teeth."
Cooper's phone call was a pivotal event in the history
It was the start of a brand new era.
According to GSMA, today, mobile phones have become ubiquitous. Over 5.4 billion people in the world own at least one subscription.
There are more mobile subscriptions now than there are people on earth, since the former has overtaken the latter in 2016.
More infographics can be found at
According to the
International Telecommunication Union
In 2022 (ITU), more than 8,58 billion mobile subscriptions will be in use around the world, compared with a population of 7,95 billion at half-way through the year.