Long-term followers of MobilityNigeria.com know that I am a function-over-form person. I purchase my devices strictly for their practical functionality and for the thrill I get out of using them. However, that may change…
Before you scream, “Traitor!“, hear me out; okay?
The Public Relations man at Alireta swears by the gods of the corporate world that I need to start thinking more like a corporate person and less like a geek. In plain english, he says that as M.D. of a company like Alireta, a core consideration of mine should be having and carrying around a phone that makes a statement.
Aaargh! I can see how that will cramp my style a bit.
If you know the corporate world a bit (at least here in Nigeria), you can attest that the favourites in that environment are Blackberry and Windows Mobile devices. Yes; you’ll find some E90s here and there, but by and large the Nigerian corporate environment is powered by Blackberry and Windows Mobile.
I remember that both my wife and my PR officer kicked against my replacing the E90 with the G1 on the grounds that the E90 would be more impressive and make a better statement when I went for meetings. Note that I have known these two individuals intimately for several years and they are NOT vain people.
According to my PR man, the rest of the corporate gang think that there is something wrong with you if you don’t carry one of those things they carry around. Worse, they think you are a “small boy” and may generally not pay you much attention.
At first, I went “No way!”, but I am giving it some thought.
Personally now, I am asking, Can I use a Blackberry? Not sure. As for Windows Mobile, yes; there are WinMo devices I am more than certain that I would love to use.
I am sure that I do not like this corporate game of trying to impress people, but that’s how it is played. Whether I like it or not, I’m smack in the middle of it. For sure, it is neither immoral nor illegal, so perhaps I can play a bit too.
Alternatively, I could resign as CEO of Alireta and keep using whatever catches my fancy regardless of what anyone thinks! So there. Just in case you catch me with a Blackberry… it wasn’t me!!