Last week was Mobile World Congress, where over 100,000 delegates from around the world descended on the Spanish city of Barcelona, to experience some of the latest innovations in mobile technologies.
Mobile World Congress started in 1987 at a time when colloquial ‘bricks’ were still being carried around by businessmen and politicians. Movies such as Wall Street in the same year instantly made these oversized phones everlasting icons synonymous with power and finance.
Yet this status symbol has evolved radically, with the BlackBerry dominating boardroom tables for decades. It also became the de-facto handset for many IT departments, who invested heavily in BlackBerry Enterprise Servers to support their mobile estate.
But as the smartphone market developed, not least with the growth of the iPhone, many people sought second phones that offered better web browsing, camera quality and choice of apps. There was a time about five years ago when having both an iPhone and BlackBerry at a dinner party was the prerequisite for the “which line of business are you in?” question. This conversation point became the birthplace of the ‘two phone’ status symbol as we know it.