The first call from a handheld mobile phone (DynaTAC 8000X) was made by Martin Cooper to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs on 3rd April 1973. Cooper is regarded as the “father of the cell phone” and had invented the mobile phone while working for Motorola.
Incidentally, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was the first mobile phone approved by the US FCC.
iPhone was launched by Steve Jobs at the Macworld Conference and Expo. After unveiling the iPhone Steve Jobs described it as "a revolutionary and magical product" which was "literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone." [more...]