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Object ID #1108968911

This is a Mobile Phone. It was designed by Donald Linder. It is dated 1983 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is molded plastic, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

First developed as a prototype by Motorola in 1973, the DynaTAC 8000x was the first commercially available handheld cellular phone, released ten years later. Motorola’s engineering team invested $100 million in the development of the phone alongside a high capacity system to carry the calls. Known as “the brick,” the phone comprised thirty circuit boards, facilitated a talk-time of thirty-five minutes, required ten hours to recharge, and sold for $3,995.

It is credited Gift of Robert M. Greenberg.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 19.5 × 7.5 × 4 cm (7 11/16 × 2 15/16 × 1 9/16 in.)

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Object ID #1108968911; Designed by Donald Linder (American, born ca. 1943); molded plastic, electronic components; H x W x D: 19.5 × 7.5 × 4 cm (7 11/16 × 2 15/16 × 1 9/16 in.); Gift of Robert M. Greenberg; 2017-51-25-a/e

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.

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