The "Motorola TV Hour"
The DynaTAC Cell System
70 years ago - Bandit Pager Factory
In 1988 Motorola's flexible automated Bandit production line allowed Bravo pagers with different specifications to be manufactured on a single production line, which reduced manufacturing time and increased product quality.
30 years ago - Phones for First U.S. Commercial Cellular Phone Service
Ameritech Mobile Communications [now AT&T Mobility] launched the first U.S. commercial cellular mobile (car) phone service in Chicago on October 13, 1983. The system used Motorola mobile (car) cellular phones.
40 years ago - Scalatron Electronic Organ
In 1973, Motorola introduced the Scalatron two-manual electronic organ. Containing a mini-computer, it could be tuned to several microtonal scales, which provided flexibility in musical performance.
First Motorola Public Stock Offering
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation sold its first Motorola public stock in 1943 for US$8.50 per share.
Motorola DynaTAC 8000X commercial portable cellular phone, 1983.
SEPTEMBER 2013 - 30 years ago
World's First Commercial Portable Cellular Phone
The world's first commercial handheld cellular phone, the Motorola DynaTAC phone, received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on September 21, 1983. The 28-ounce (794-gram) phone became available to consumers in 1984.
First Hands-Free Cellular Phone Operation
In September 1983, Motorola introduced the VSP Vehicular Speaker Phone, the first hands-free cellular phone product for a car. The VSP technology was incorporated in Motorola’s DynaTAC mobile (installed in the car) cellular phone.
Founding of Company - 85 years ago
On September 25, 1928, Paul V. Galvin and his brother, Joseph, incorporated Motorola's founding company—Galvin Manufacturing Corporation—in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Battery eliminator, circa 1928. The battery eliminator was Galvin Manufacturing Corporation's (later Motorola) first product.
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation's first product was a 1928 battery eliminator. This power converter allowed battery-powered radios to run on household electricity. The company’s first customer was Sears, Roebuck and Co., which sold battery eliminators to consumers.
AUGUST 2013 - 20 years ago
FLEX Digital Paging
Motorola introduced FLEX digital paging system technology in 1993. The new technology allowed pagers to receive email and computer text.
JUNE 2013 - 50 years ago
World's First Truly Rectangular Color TV Tube
In 1963 Motorola introduced the world's first truly rectangular color TV picture tube. The tube (pictured at left), developed in a joint venture with National Video Corporation, quickly became the industry standard.
MAY 2013 - 50 years ago
The "Young Couple Stereo"
The affordable 1963 Motorola model SK99 and SK100 coffee table-styled console stereo sets, nicknamed "young couple stereos" for their popularity among newlyweds, and became best sellers.
APRIL 2013 - 40 years ago
World's First Portable Cellular Demonstration
On April 3, 1973, Motorola publicly demonstrated the world’s first portable cellular telephone and system. The first public calls using Motorola DynaTAC (DYNamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) technology occurred in New York City.
MARCH 2013 - 25 years ago
First U.S. National Quality Award
Motorola was one of three winners of the first Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1988. The U.S. Congress established the award to recognize and inspire the pursuit of quality in American business.
FEBRUARY 2013 - 10 years ago
A760 Cellular Phone
Introduced in 2003, the Motorola A760 cellular phone was the world's first handset to combine a Linux operating system and Java technology with full PDA functionality.
OCTOBER 2012 - 75 years ago this year
Augusta Boulevard Facility
Galvin Manufacturing Corporation's first company-owned facility at 4545 West Augusta Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, USA, served as the company's headquarters from 1937 through 1959.
Motorola Home Entertainment Radios Galvin Manufacturing Corporation entered the home entertainment business in 1937 with a line of Motorola phonographs and home radios.
April 3, 1973 - World's First Portable Cellular Demonstration
On April 3, 1973, Motorola publicly demonstrated the world's first portable cellular telephone and system. The first public calls using Motorola DynaTAC (DYNamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage) technology occurred in New York City.
Want more? Read the original news release (PDF) or download Facts about the DynaTAC (PDF).
More information about Motorola Heritage Services
The Motorola, Inc. Legacy Archives Collection (1928-2010) will be shared by both companies and will continue to reside in Schaumburg, IL. The Legacy Archives Collection is still activity managed and continues to acquire materials created before the separation.
New archives collections documenting Motorola Mobility, Inc. from 2011 forward will also reside in Schaumburg and will have their own professional archivist who has access to all the collections.