The CEOs of mobile operators are in the privileged position to be able to get their hands on any mobile phone they want, and their smartphone choices are therefore a good indication of which mobile devices are the best on the market.
8ta head Amith Maharaj is currently using a Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich and an iPhone 4S. Maharaj previously used a Blackberry Curve 9360 as a primary device, but has ditched BlackBerry for Android and Apple.
Vodacom CTO Andries Delport and Vodacom COO Sipho Maseko are flying the flag for South Africa’s most popular smartphone platform. Maseka is using a BlackBerry Bold 9900 while Delport is switching between his BlackBerry and Android smartphones.
Kanagaratnam Lambotharan, Chief Technology Officer at MTN SA, also uses an Apple iPhone 4 and an iPad, giving the MTN SA executive offices a distinct Apple fanboy flavour.