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In pictures: 40 years of mobile phones

Including the indestructible Nokia.

FORTY YEARS AGO today the first handheld mobile phone call was made in New York City.

Motorola engineer Dr Martin Cooper placed a call to Dr Joel Engel of Bell Labs on a phone weighing 2.5 lbs and measuring 9 inches long.

Martin Cooper with the 1973 prototype, pictured in 2011 (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Mobile phones have come on a lot in the past 40 years. In fact, the chances are high that you’re reading this on one of those smartphones the kids are so fond of.

Let’s take a look back at some of the models we’ve known and loved through the years…

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