I still remember the first time I saw a cell phone. I was working at Murphy’s Pub in the Wallingford neighborhood in Seattle. One afternoon, me and an English buddy of mine Jimmy were drinking at the bar. Jimmy was a bricky and a fairly hard lad from somewhere like Slough or Croydon. Anyway, this preppy guy comes into the bar and makes a very big show of putting his mobile phone, that looked a lot like the phone depicted above, on the bar so that everyone could see what a hipster he was in that he had mobile phone. Jimmy did not suffer fools lightly, and upon seeing this shameless display, he took a long pull off his pint and said, “Briggsy, that fellow has got the kind of face you never get tired of kicking!”
Cell phones have come a long way since the walkie talkie devices of yore. They come in all shapes and sizes but they all share a common characteristic: They are not made on our shores. Until now. Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed that the next generation Moto X phone will be produced in Texas in a large facility previously used by Nokia to make smartphones. 2000 members of our extended American family will soon be making cell phones in the Lone Star State. The story has been reported in many different venues; I have links to many of the stories below.
This news, along with the news that Apple will be also making some of their Macs in a facility in Texas, is very welcome. Now we just have to support these efforts by buying these high-tech products being made by members of our extended American family! I plan on replacing my iPhone 3 with one of the new Motorola Moto X phones as soon as I can. I hope you join me in making American made products your default choice when shopping. The choices we make as consumers can provide jobs for our American brothers and sisters who want work, not a hand out.