Elon Musk - Will Make a Phone Only as a Last Resort
Many have wondered if Tesla would make a phone. Today we got a Tweet from Elon Musk saying that he would make a phone only if it came to that and as a last resort:
I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022
On YouTube, unfortunately, you have a bunch of fake videos about Tesla, the company, making a phone and these are simply false and not true. Tesla is not making a phone. I can see why people are making the videos though because some of them have millions of views and are drawing great interest. There is no Tesla Phone Model Pi or anything like that being produced.
Why does all this matter? Because Elon Musk now owns Twitter, one of the top social media companies in the world now and what if Apple and Google removed Twitter the app from their app stores. This would be a direct attack on Elon Musk and 3rd party developers making apps. If a company can just remove your app from their app store, what is to stop them from doing it again to any potential "threat" to their business.
I for one hope that there is not a removal of the Twitter app from the Apple iPhone and the Google Android phone. Elon Musk has his hands in so many different things now and making a phone would further stretch him and his time.
When a Phone Makes Sense
A phone makes sense for Elon Musk to developer when Apple and Google starts to collude and remove Twitter or other apps from their app stores. If people lose the ability to choose which apps to have on their phone because some are being removed from the app store, then I think the issue becomes just as important as free speech and Elon Musk should make a phone, even though it would stretch him even thinner than he already is with the projects on his plate.
There are already a lot of interesting replies to Elon Musk's Tweet, most saying that Elon should do it. There are responses saying that Twitter could make a search better than Google search as well.
Many people want Elon Musk to make an alternative phone. There are only 2 major players right now in the smart phone market, Apple and Google. A Tesla phone might make sense and integrated with Starlink, could have better service than anything Apple or Google can utilize.
Either way, I hope it doesn't come down to Elon Musk making a phone. There's enough things on his plate taking his attention, the least of which is Twitter...
Do you think Elon Musk will make a phone? Will Apple and Google remove Twitter from their phone app stores?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.