• Vox Celebrates The Phone Holster



    In honour of Father's Day Vox has posted a feature on the history of perhaps the most uncool mobile phone accessory ever:

    In the mid-’90s and early 2000s, the cellphone holster was an inescapable object of necessary evil for a very specific type of person: people who had to carry cellphones for professional purposes, who did not, for reasons likely having to do with strict gender expectations, have purses, and who also did not care that cellphone holsters are very dorky.

    In other words, dads.
    Here in Canada peak smartphone holster occurred during the BlackBerry era. If I'm not mistaken my own BlackBerry 8700 came with a hard plastic half-case (with a handy swiveling clip) in the box. It was so easy to holster and unholster my BlackBerry that I almost had to use it.

    What probably killed the holster for good was the iPhone, in particular its most snobbish users—who would never dream of even using a case because it would ruin the aesthetics of their newfound status symbol.

    These days I keep my OnePlus phone in my oversized wallet, and my wallet in that other ultimate dad accessory, a fanny pack—which I bought in Japan and wear over my should, so that's still cool, right?

    Anyway, Happy Father's Day to all the dads reading this!

    Source: Vox
    Image source: Charm14

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    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Vox Celebrates The Phone Holster started by acurrie View original post
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