It’s time to move over Apple and its iPhones, that’s what the new Motorola Moto Z advertisement says. Motorola claims that there have been no big innovations in the smartphone market since 2007 and hence the time to change is NOW.

While you might be familiar with Motorola manufacturing mobile phones, and smartphones, you would not have known that they were once in the business of car radios, walkie talkies, and pagers!

As you go about checking for the latest Motorola mobile offers, do have a look at these 10 interesting facts you did not know about Motorola.

1. Motorola’s First Ever Product Was a Battery Eliminator

Motorola Battery Eliminator

The company founded in 1928 by brothers Paul Galvin and Joseph Galvin debuted in the market its first product which was a battery eliminator. The device was aimed at customers who had to go through the hassle of replacing batteries regularly.

2. They Were The First Company to Invent Car Radios

Motorola Car Radio

The R&D team of Motorola was so advanced that they were not following companies. Instead, they were setting the bar higher with inventions and innovations. Motorola was the first company to invent and market car radios, a device used for two-way communication while driving cars.

3. …. and Walkie Talkies

Motorola Walkie Talkies

Motorola was the first company to invent portable mobile communication in the form of Walkie Talkies. The SCR-300 model of backpack walkie talkies invented by them was the preferred mode of communication during World War II.

4. Did We Forget to Mention Pagers? Oh, That Too!

Motorola Pagers

Continuing with the communication revolution, Motorola also introduced Pagers to the world. The company called its first Pager as Handie-Talkie radio pager which was mostly used in hospitals to relay messages within a range of 40 kilometers.

5. The First Words from Moon Were Through Motorola’s Radio Transponder

Neil Armstrong Moon

Such was the popularity of Motorola communication devices, that NASA decided to take its radio transponder on Apollo 11 for transmitting astronaut’s messages when they landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s famous words “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” was relayed from the moon to earth through a radio transponder made by Motorola.

6. Motorola Invented Mobile Phones as Well!

Motorola First Mobile Phone

Just when you thought that there couldn’t be more devices that Motorola could have invented, you missed out on mobile phones. In 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher made the first call on a mobile telephone prototype which came out of Motorola’s R&D centre.

7. Thank Motorola for Mobile Web Browsing

Motorola iDEN i1000 Plus

It was not a reality until Motorola showed how. Motorola iDEN i1000 Plus was the world’s first smartphone to have mobile web browsing along with email and alphanumeric characters. The phone could also send faxes, make calls, act as a radio and more.

8. Motorola StarTAC – The First Ever Clamshell Mobile Phone

Motorola StarTAC

Released in 1996, Motorola StarTAC was the first flip phone to hit the market and soon became a huge craze. It was also the lightest phone to come out during the 90s and weighed just 88 grams.

9. Motorola Produced One of the Best-Selling Mobile Phones of All Time

Motorola RAZR

The Motorola RAZR is the best-selling clamshell smartphone around the world. The company has sold close to 130 million units of this beautiful flip phone. In comparison, Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have sold only 100 million units altogether.

10. Motorola Droid – No.1 on TIME’s Top 10 Gadgets of the Year

Motorola Droid

The venture into the world of Android was the best thing that happened to Motorola. Blending its beautiful design and the powerful Android OS made Motorola Droid smartphone claim the No.1 spot on TIME magazine’s Top 10 Gadgets of the Year (2009). Motorola continued its smartphone renaissance with DROID 2 and DROID 3.


Motorola’s contribution to mobile devices and communication is unprecedented. While companies rise and fall with the ever-changing trends in technology, Motorola is one which has been a constant player throughout the years.

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