Telephone, Motorola; Motorola Inc.; 1984-1990; Unknown number


Telephone, Motorola

About this object

This mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC, was launched in 1984 and was the world's first commercial handheld cell phone. Due to its shape, it quickly earned the nickname 'the brick'. At its launch it sold for $4,000 american dollars ( the equivalent of $10,000 New Zealand dollars in 2018). The battery took about ten hours to charge which would give it a use time of about 30 minutes.

Although extremely unwieldy by modern standards, at the time it was considered revolutionary. Up until this time mobile phones were bulky and usually installed in vehicles to harness the vehicles battery as a power source. The 'brick', with its on-board battery pack, was the first mobile telephone which could connect to the telephone network without the assistance of a mobile operator and could be carried about by the user.


Motorola Inc.

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

North and Central America, United States, Illinois, Schaumburg

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed materials, plastic
inorganic, processed materials, metals, copper
inorganic, processed materials, metals, steel

Inscription and Marks

Engraved on base 'Motorola Inc. Made in the USA'
Serial number '51934A' 47205AR311


h 340 mm x w 75 mm x d 40 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Communication (including Diaries and Letters)

Object Type


Object number

Unknown number

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