It was just last week that I wrote the article, Somebody asked, “People still use Blackberry?” and got the best answer, in which I made the following statement:
The truth is, there are men and women around the world doing fantastic things with their lives though they use a feature phone or a BlackBerry or a Windows Phone or whatever else. Their choice of mobile has not stopped them from making something outstanding of their lives.
My point was that the use of a certain type of phone is no indicator of how productive or achieving a person is. This morning, I read an Entrepreneur article titled Why Some Smart Business Moguls Still Use ‘Dumb Phones’, and it has some interesting, related info on the subject. For starters, it states that “a number of top executives and dealmakers are still clinging to ancient mobile phones.”
We see quite a bit of that here in Nigeria too. I know people with real wealth who still carry a legacy BlackBerry or some older Nokia phone. They are very productive people and have income that I am still dreaming of. The Entrepreneur article gives three reasons why some of these smart people still use dumb phones:
- older/dumb phones were often built to last and withstand damage, especially because there is no touchscreen to worry about
- older/dumb phones often have a long battery life
- being less connected lets users of dumb phones deal better with important things
- lastly, using older/dumb phones is a status symbol in certain quarters
The last point is a surprise to you? Here is how the article puts it:
And it turns out, an old “dumb phone” can actually serve as a status symbol. It signals to associates that you can’t be bothered to check email every 10 minutes. Other people actually like the retro aesthetics.
I tweeted about this and got the following response from my good man, @gbenro:
@Mister_Mobility My friend @ Etisalat met an Ajegunle Celeb last week, millionaire fellow, uses a dumb Nokia, has 5 spares in Stock
— Min. Gbenro Ogundipe (@gbenro) September 15, 2014
And another response:
— kehindebadejo (@kehindebadejo) September 15, 2014
Yes; there you have it. Smartphones are for hustlers – those still aspiring. Those who have arrived prefer the easy life without all the distractions and frenzy of an uber-connected life. *pours a glass of vodka*