Ever wondered what was the first cell phone to ever appear in a movie?
It was, of course, none other than “The Brick” held by Gordon Gekko, the character played by Michael Douglas in 1987′s Wall Street, one of my all-time personal favourite flicks.
|“Greed is good. Greed works.”|
Classic cell phone movie movement.
It was dubbed “The Brick” because of its large size and weight, but its real name is the DynaTac, one of the first widespread mobile phones manufactured by Motorola.
The first in its series, the 8000x, was the first cell phone ever to receive U.S. Federal Communications Commission acceptance in 1983. It weighed 28 ounces (793g) and was 10 inches (25 cm) high, not including the flexible “rubber duck” whip antenna.
Additionally, it allowed you talk for 30 minutes, took 10 hours to recharge, and could store thirty “dialing locations” in its memory. It cost $3,995 dollars at the time, but you can buy them now for a couple hundred dollars on eBay.
The much anticipated sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is set to release soon on September 24th. I’m looking forward to it for many reasons. The obvious ones aside (Michael!), it’s to see which modern mobile phone he will upgrade to. And I’m pretty sure he’s well due for a free handset upgrade by now.
Additionally, we will get to see the old “Brick” one more time with its cameo appearance in the beginning of the movie. It’s one of the personal items returned to Gordon Gekko when he is finally released from jail. You can even catch a glimpse of it in the following trailer:
But according to IMDB, “it is unknown if the original phone is playing the role of Gekko’s DynaTac in this film“. Thanks for the heads’ up.
So, what new phone will be featured in the next movie? Will he opt for an iPhone, a BlackBerry, or will he stick to Motorola and go Droid?