Marty Timeline

Marty chatted with NPR’s correspondent Hansi Lo Wang, on the segment “All Tech Considered,” about inventing the cellular phone.  Marty recalled the FCC announcement that spurred him into action and resulted in the DynaTAC 8000 handheld cellular phone:

“[The FCC was] about to decide whether [Motorola competitor] AT&T would have a monopoly, and if AT&T had that monopoly, they were going to have cellular phones. But you’d be trapped in your car now instead of in your home or office. And at that moment, I decided that we were going to prove that the world was ready for hand-held, portable telephones, so that people would have the freedom to be anywhere.”

Listen to a recording and read NPR’s summary of the interview here.