Cellular bigwigs reveal their mobile phones of choice

The life of the CEO of a cellular operator is not easy – dealing with network problems, trying to calm consumers down amidst BlackBerry outages, staying relevant in an increasingly competitive market and figuring out where to invest your millions in bonuses.

One of the perks of the job is that you can get your hands on the latest gadgets and use whatever mobile phone you want.  If you are not happy with your phone you can simply change it for another one – no questions asked.

The fact that the CEOs of cellular operators can use any phone they want raises the question which phones they actually prefer.

What the CEOs use

Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys recently switched from BlackBerry to Android, and is currently using the Galaxy SII. Uys said that he is also looking forward to get his hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note.

Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy Note

Cell C acting CEO Simon Duffy is a BlackBerry man. Duffy said that he is currently using a BlackBerry Bold, and his next upgrade will simply be the next BlackBerry bold.

BlackBerry Bold 9900
BlackBerry Bold 9900

Virgin Mobile CEO Steve Bailey said he is currently using both the HTC 3D and BlackBerry Bold 9780, and is also looking forward to the Samsung Note next month. Bailey added that he would love to get his hands on the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone from Nokia which is expected in early 2012.

HTC Evo 3D
HTC Evo 3D

MTN South Africa CEO Karel Pienaar is an iPhone lover, and is currently using the iPhone 4 (with iOS5). Unsurprisingly Pienaar is keen to get his hands on Apple’s new iPhone 4S. “I just love the Apple eco-system from iPad to iPhone to Apple Macbook  and am getting to a stage where I can’t live without my iPad and iPhone apps. Must say the new ios5 operating system is a phenomenal improvement,” said Pienaar.

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

8ta head Amith Maharaj is using the Blackberry Curve 9360 as a primary device, and Maharaj said that he is “constantly on a lookout for new Apple product”.

Blackberry Curve 9360
Blackberry Curve 9360

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