Elon Musk does not cease to surprise, and this time – again via Twitter – he announced that perhaps, if “he is forced to do so,” he will develop his own mobile phone. Of course, Samsung, Xiaomi, Apple, and other popular smartphone manufacturers have nothing to be afraid of, but the idea of creating a “tELONphone” aroused considerable interest among Internet users.
Elon Musk does not exclude the creation of his own smartphone
Like most things the tech and business media write about Elon Musk these days, it started with a tweet. This time its author was not a billionaire, but Elizabeth Wheeler, a popular, conservative commentator from the USA, who has been running her own podcast called The Liz Wheeler Show since 2020.
In her post, Wheeler suggested that:
If Apple and Google remove Twitter from their app stores, Elon Musk should produce his own smartphone. Then, half the country would happily ditch the biased, spying iPhone and Android. This man is building rockets to Mars, so a simple little smartphone should be easy to make, right?
In a second post in the thread, she created a poll where she asked Twitter users if Musk’s smartphone should be called “tELONphone.” Exactly 51.2 percent of voters (over 130,000 in total) supported Wheeler’s proposal.
Elon Musk could not help but react to this provocation – in his response, he wrote:
Of course, I hope it doesn’t come to that, but yes – if there’s no other way, I’ll make my phone.
It is difficult to treat the billionaire’s Twitter announcements seriously, but on the other hand, let us remember that the reinstatement of Donald Trump’s profile announced by him actually took place. Nevertheless, it is worth remembering that creating and promoting your own smartphone, which millions of people around the world will want to use, is more difficult than pressing the “unban” button.
Both Google nor Apple have not suggested in recent weeks that the Twitter application will disappear from their sales platforms, but Musk himself has accused the latter of these threats, although it is not known to what extent they are true. Moreover, due to the deteriorating news from the management team of the medium recently bought by Elon Musk, more and more users are declaring that they are leaving Twitter for Mastodon and Hive.