Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. This was the first handheld mobile phone made available to the market in the United States. From the time that Cooper made that first phone until the time that this one finally made its way to the shelves, a number of prototypes were created. The FCC approved this phone for use in 1983 and it went down in history as the first real mobile phone for the average user. Of course, the average person couldn’t afford the hefty price of a mobile phone back then (almost $4000) so it was really only for a limited group of people. Sales of the phone were also limited by the fact that the battery would only last one hour and would then need to charge for ten hours before it could be used again.