@sciencemuseum.org. My first cell phone was a Motorola MicroTAC. I got it in late 1992 since I had a long commute to work every day and needed it for emergencies. The only other person I knew with a cell phone then was my husband.
Motorola MicroTAC – some firsts in size and design (1989) The Motorola MicroTAC analogue was the next leap forward in mobile phone design and was released by Motorola on Tuesday, April 25th, 1989. It was the smallest and lightest mobile phone and featured a flip-open mouthpiece (semi-clamshell), arguably the forerunner of the clam-shell in design concept.. It was immediately an object of desire for the wealthy customers and carried a corresponding price tag of $3000.