June 29, 2012
Vijaya Prasad

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When I went to get my iPhone, I knew the color and size I wanted. Being an informed consumer, I’d done my research, and it was a no-brainer. In my case (and I’ve heard of others), the Verizon customer service reps tried to convince me that I wanted something on the 4G network, and while I’m sure that came from corporate, my life has been changed for the better. Happy Birthday iPhone, and Steve Jobs, the world is a less magical place without you.


It has been five years since Apple and the dearly departed Steve Jobs introduced us to arguably one of the more revolutionary devices ever, the iPhone.  And as Tomi T. Ahonen put it, the history of mobile industry will always be divided into two eras — before the iPhone era and after the iPhone era.

The “after iPhone” years have seen the landscape of the mobile industry redrawn and reconfigured. The cash-cows of yesteryears — Motorola, Ericsson, Nokia, Palm and Blackberry — have started to fade into the horizon. New powerhouses like Samsung have surged. The fifth anniversary of the iPhone took me down the memory lane.

Before the iPhone

My first introduction to the world of mobiles was that as a young reporter in the 1990s. It was then I got to spend a lot of time with folks from companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson and Nokia…

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