What did the future of cellphone technology look like from the perspective of the early 1980s? Below is an early 1980s promo spot by Motorola that heralds the coming "cellular revolution." "Industry watchers say there are only a few thousand cellular phones in use right now," the narrator informs. The clip points out that one of those big boxy cellphones weighs "only 30 ounces."
And, we are told, "eventually seeing someone use cellular phones may seem as commonplace as seeing someone checking time on an electronic watch, figuring on an electronic calculator, or programming on an electronic computer."