April 4, 2013 by Royal and Doodall
The first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago on, on 3 April 1973.
Martin O’Rola, a senior engineer at the time, called a rival colleague, Lucy Verizon, at another telecoms company and announced he was calling to say “I love you”.
The first mobile phone, however, was true to the name and was indeed mobile. The user was followed everywhere by an articulated lorry carrying the battery required to power the mobile phone for a 5 second call, which explains the short first call. Mr O’Rola explains that the full message he was conveying was one of victory as it was ‘I love you to know that I made a mobile phone before you did. Nah Nah Nah.”
The low battery life that resulted in the shortened first call has led to many pop culture references, not least, the 1984 Stevie Wonder hit song “I Just called to say I love you”, the television sitcom “I love Lucy” and the 1987 film “Batteries not included”.
Mr O’Rola claims he looks back fondly upon his part in the invention of the mobile phone even though it eventually led to his bankruptcy due to the enormous electricity bills from charging the battery.
He said “I like to think that there is a small part of me in everybody’s trouser pocket”. Bloody pervert.
Reported by the award wanting Isabel Necessary