Cellphone pioneer Cellular phones pioneer dies in hospital
A former cellphone pioneer in Georgia is in the hospital recovering from an illness that caused him to collapse and die.
A Georgia medical examiner’s office identified the patient as Charles Lee “Chuck” Bales.
He was 60.
He died Saturday.
Bales was a retired Georgia telecommunications worker who invented the Cellphone Master, the first cell phone that was built to go beyond the phone company’s traditional “one-size-fits-all” design.
He built his own phone design and sold it to BellSouth for $1 million in 1984.
Bells South, which sold to AT&T in 2001, is now part of T-Mobile.