The Evolution of Phones…in a picture

 My wife was looking for something in our “junk drawer” the other day, and she came across these phones.  They range from a flip phone to an iPhone in progression.  And with the exception of the iPhone, which was one of my daughters’, they are in pretty good shape. But what else do they represent? To me they show you a series in devices that were the latest and greatest technology of their time.  They show, in one picture, how we have completely changed in our use of the “phone” as a culture. They also show how fast technology is changing.  My wife and I are not usually people who keep things.  We are not super sentimental about “stuff.”  So when something outlasts it’s usefulness, we tend to throw it out (or give it to someone who can use it).  So at first it seemed funny that we would have these phones.  But then it occurred to me that, when we put each of these phones in the junk drawer, they were just one step away from current technology.  They were not completely obsolete.  So they were our insurance in case something went wrong (like it did with that iPhone). And yet, looking at this picture now, most of them look ancient.  It reminds me of a a few things… 1.  Tech is changing so fast:  This photo of phones represents probably 10 or 15 years.  This picture shows us going from a mobile phone to a mobile computer in the blink of an eye.  2.  Don’t Get Too Romantic:  I loved my flip phone.  I liked it’s size and ease of making calls.  At the time, it was state of the art.  But if I still had one I would be missing so much of what our technology has to offer.   This picture makes me wonder what is next.  Though these were all “the next thing” at one time, each advancement has taken big leaps forward.  This picture reminds me to embrace the new steps forward…and make the most of them. Oh…and this picture reminds me its time to clean out my junk drawer. Make sure you never miss an update.  We do a weekly recap on our VIP newsletter.  You can sign up here.  Oh, and if you want to check out the latest in Promo, you can head to our website here.

Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.