The flip phone isn’t extinct yet. Some even say it’s making a very-trendy comeback.
Celebrities, CEOs, sports team owners, and politicians have all been spotted with archaic, clunky flip phones. Some cling to them citing security reasons. Others like them for their functionality.
Last year Jones defended his love of flip phones: 'It's free of hip dialling. You can have some pretty confidential conversations and not get overheard by the camera man by talking into this flip phone.'
The Stooges' Iggy Poptold New York magazine's The Cut blog earlier this year: 'I have...a smartphone and a computer and nothing is in my name ever and I'm scared of it. I do have an old flip cell phone called a Rugby because you can drop it a lot and it won't break, and when you want to text it still has three letters to each button. So, I can read an email, but I don't know how to send one.'
Facebook has a special lab stocked with low-end Android phones, old flip phones and weak networking to help the company figure out what computing conditions are like in parts of the world with limited internet connection.
'I force a lot of the guys to use low-end phones now,' Javier Olivan, Facebook's head of growth, said in a recent Time profile. 'You need to feel the pain...We brought in some phones, like very low-end Android, and we invited guys from the Valley here -- the eBay guys, the Apple guys. It's like, 'Hey, come and test your applications in these conditions!' Nothing worked.'
She's a BlackBerry addict who has three BlackBerry Bold devices -- one that she uses regularly and two as backups in case the front-runner breaks. When one BlackBerry Bold fails her or breaks, she'll buy another out-dated model on eBay to replenish her stash.
Kardashian West told Recode's Kara Swisher that she actually wishes she could buy the company, and she's afraid BlackBerries will go extinct.
'A BlackBerry is my heart and soul,' Kardashian West said last year. 'I love it; I'll never get rid of it. '
Kardashian West says she uses an iPhone for social media and posting photos. For emails though, it's BlackBerry all the way.