When it comes to consumer technology, many people are used to coveting the newest and shiniest gadget. So it may come as a surprise that a number of top executives and dealmakers are still clinging to ancient mobile phones.
Of these outmoded mobiles, one stands out as the clear favorite. By all appearances, it’s the Nokia 6310,or largely known in Lebanon as Nokia Abou Lamba, a model that was discontinued more than six years ago. Among its devotees, are top executives and managers all around the globes.
Why would global leaders hang on to obsolete technology, especially in the high-flying, status-conscious set they move in?
For one thing, old Nokias were built to last: They are hard to damage (no touchscreen to worry about) and have a long battery life. Also, being less connected can actually be an advantage, improving your focus on what’s important. With the Nokia 6310, “I’m not bombarded with emails every minute, allowing me to deal with the crucial stuff,”
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.
Nokia 6310 phones prices ranging from $44 to $64 are still at sale.