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These days, the cost to buy a cell phone is pretty steep. iPhones start at $649, Note 7 retails for about $900, and the new Pixel starts at $649. 

But did you know that in 1983, the cost to buy a mobile phone in the U.S. was approximately $4,000?! The average annual salary in the U.S. was $15,239 in 1983. Imagine forking over a quarter of your yearly income to buy a phone that super limited functionalities. 

Compared to then, technology certainly has gotten cheaper. With lower parts and assembly costs, the price of phones has definitely lowered since the Motorola Dynatac. Scroll down for an awesome infographic taking you through the history of phones prices! 

 

The Shrinking Cost of Mobile Phone Technology

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