Discover Motorola's heritage through the stories behind some of our biggest innovations. A true pioneer in radio, Motorola provided communications for police in the early years of two-way radio communication and invented the world's first portable cellular phone system. Learn more right here.
Motorola Heritage Stories
From the Archives: First Sales Account Ledger
A peek into the original Motorola sales account ledger reveals the company’s first customers and products.
Sound in Motion
The Motorola brand was born when we introduced one of the world's first commercially successful car radios in 1930.
Calling All Cars
Motorola's entry into police radio in 1930 began our expertise in public safety communications.
World's First FM Portable Two-Way Radio
The fast development of a portable two-way radio during WWII brought enhanced communication to the field.
Motorola radio equipment relayed the first words from the moon to Earth on July 20, 1969. S-band transponders aboard the Apollo 11 lunar module and command module transmitted telemetry, voice communications, biomedical data and television signals between Earth and the moon.
Cell Phone Development
We changed the history of communications with the world's first portable cellular phone and the network that made it work.