Celebrating 30 years of cell phones

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The year 1983 was the year of CDs, Cabbage Patch Dolls and the first commercial cell phones.

Karen Smith, Public Relations Manager, Verizon Wireless, joined KARE 11 News at 4 to share with viewers how far we've come from the "brick" phones to the latest 4G LTE.

The month of October marks the 30th anniversary of the first commercial cellular call, according to CTIA website. In 1986, there were 1,000 cell sites across America and 300,000 people had a cell phone. The early "brick" phones cost approximately $3,000 - $4,000 and there was a charge of $.40 per minute to use the airtime.

The flip phone made its debut in 1989 and by 1992 the first text message was sent. One hundred million people had wireless subscriptions by the year 2000. In 2002, Verizon Wireless launched the first commercial 3G network, enabling Internet access on mobile devices.

Fast forward to 2010 when Verizon Wireless launched its 4GLTE -- or 4th generation network, which provides high speed broadband services.

The 4G LTE network has led to mobile lifestyles, allowing people to enhance their lives on the go - sharing information with friends, shopping online, planning a vacation or listening to music.

More information on the 30th anniversary of the first cell phone call can be found in here.

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