1973: Martin Cooper of motorola makes the first cell phone call to a competitor at bell labs,thereby, inventing a new way of entreperneurs to talk smack to their rivals.

motorola first cell phone

1983: While sitting in the parked car at solders field in chicago, Bell executive Bob Barnett makes the first celular call over a commercial network to a descendant of alexander Graham Bell. While definitelly a first, this was not the strangest act over performed in a parked car at soldier field.

1987: In one of the cell phone’s 1st starring roles as a business tools, wall street stud Gordon Gekko some how manages to hold a celll phone to his ear despite its tremendaus size and the oilness of his hair.

1989: A long time before anyone heard the word iPod, the folks at Apple (some of whom would later work on the iPod) start working on the newton platform, described as handheld computer. In the next decade, the newton would fall from the tree before it was ripe, but the basic idea landed in the hands of a fellow named Steve Jobs.

1992: The first so-called smartphone, the IBM Simon, is introduced, it contins a calendar and clock, can send faxes and electronic messages and oh yeah, can make phone calls, all with a nifty stylus. The flat screen; 17 year later, we finally figure out we don’t need a stylus and can just use our finger.

IBM Simon

1999: The first BlackBerry appears, as a two way pager with a flip screen and keyboard inside its box little design. Thousand of thumbs scream in unison, “we now have a purpose that doesn’t involve sucking”.

2001: The Apple launch the iPod, it not a phone or a PDA or a computer, but it will influence the features and storage capabilitys we will come to expect from our cell phone.

2002: What we know as the modern BlackBerry design debuts and attention spans at business meetings will never be the same.

2007: Steve Jobs comes down from the mountain holding an iPhone. The touchscreen, voice calling and internet features, storage capability and apps represent the culmination of the cell phone as a multi service device, and the real begining if the mobile entrepreneur.

2008: Mobile phone companies, recently obsessed with selling Hannah Montana phone skins to 10 year old relize that small buisness owner have more money than some of the 10 year olds Small business, focused service plans and devices arrive en masse.

2009: Nokia opens its OVI App Store. In addition to the business focused app stores for the Black Berry, the iPhone and the palm pre, there’s now a place to easily buy fresh apps for your nokia smartphone.