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Mashable takes a look at the rise of the smartphone

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Zach Morris became the poster boy for Motorola's DynaTAC 8000X 'brick phone':  the 2-pound device sold for $3,995 when released in 1984.

Mashable's Fran Berkman takes an entertaining look at the history of smartphones, from the first wireless phone call made in 1946 to today's intelligent solutions.

With more than half of American mobile users now choosing smartphones, it's worth examining how we got from Zach Morris's famed Motorola model to the iPhone 5. While it appears that two-year service contracts are an old concept -- IBM offered one for the Simon Personal Communicator -- the future lies in the seemingly limitless possibilities of apps.

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