This Day in Information: Birth of Wireless Industry

Today in 1983, the wireless industry was born when the head of Ameritech Mobile Communications placed the first commercial cellphone call from Chicago (home of the first city-wide cellular network) to Alexander Graham Bell’s grandson in Germany. Today industry revenues in the U.S. are over $155 billion and wireless penetration (%f total U.S. population) is 93%. In June 2010, 24.5% of U.S. households were wireless-only.

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