1928 Founding of Company Paul V. Galvin and his brother, Joseph Galvin, incorporated the Galvin Manufacturing Company in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1928. Galvin Manufacturing would later become Motorola
1928 Battery Eliminator Shortly after incorporation, the Galvin Manufacturing Company released its first product, a battery eliminator, in 1928. The device let battery-powered radios run on a standard household electric current
1930 First Motorola Public Safety Radio Sales After releasing several more products, including a car radio in 1930, a police cruiser radio receiver in 1936 and a Handie-Talkie two-way radio in 1940, Galvin Manufacturing Company went public, and selling its first public stock in 1943 for $8.50 per share
1947 Company Name Change In 1947, the brothers Galvin ditched the Galvin Manufacturing Company moniker, changing the company name to Motorola Inc.
1969 First Words From the Moon In July 1969, Motorola helped transmit the first words from the moon to the Earth. A Motorola radio transponder aboard the Apollo 11 lunar module transmitted telemetry, tracking, voice communications and television signals between Earth and the moon.
1983 World's First Commercial Portable Cellular Phone In 1983, Motorola's DynaTAC phone, the world's first handheld commercial cellular phone, was approved by the FCC. The 28ounce monster of a device was made available to consumers the following year.
1991 World’s First GSM Cellular System In Hanover, Germany in 1991, Motorola demonstrated the world's first working-prototype digital cellular system and phones using Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM).
1995 World’s First Two-Way Pager The world's first two-way messaging pager, the Tango, was introduced by Motorola in 1995. The device let users receive text messages and emails and reply with a standard response. The device could also be connected to a computer to download long messages
1999 iDEN i1000plus Handset Before everyone and their brother was glued to a BlackBerry, Motorola released the iDEN i1000plus Handset. The 1999 device combined a digital phone, a two-way radio, an alphanumeric pager, Internet microsbrowser, email, fax and two-way messaging.
2002 World’s First Wireless Cable Modem Gateway While most of us were still dealing with dial-up in 2002, Motorola released the SURFboardAE SBG 1000 cable modem gateway. The gateway was the first to combine a high-speed cable modem router with an Ethernet switch and wireless home gateway. Basically, the box let cable TV subscribers use their cable connection to share Internet access and to network multiple computers wirelessly.
2004 MOTORAZR V3 Cellular Phone Motorola introduced the RAZR V3 cellular phone in 2004. The ultraslim, metal-clad, quad-band flip phone caused quite a stir. The phone was 13.9 mm thin and used aircraft-grade aluminum to achieve several design and engineering innovations, including a nickel-plated keypad. The RAZR quickly became the country's No. 1 selling phone, hitting 750,000 units sold in its first 90 days and as recently as late last year, still held 16 percent of the crowded mobile device market.
2005 MOTOROLA COO ZAFIROVSKI RESIGNS Mike Zafirovski resigned as Motorola's chief operating officer on January 15, 2005. Zafirovski joined Motorola in June 2000 as executive vice president and president of the personal communications sector, a post he held for two years. In 2002, Zafirovski was passed over for the promotion to COO for Edward Breen. Later that year, however, Breen quit and Zafirovski took over. Zafirovski resigned just a week after he was passed over for the...