Mr. Beltrametti, is it true you would have slept through your first son’s birth had it not been for your mobile phone?
Our son was in a hurry to come out, and he took my wife and me a bit by surprise. Thanks to our mobile network, my wife was able to wake me up, and I had the chance to hold my little boy that night. That was so important for me. Despite my whole fascination with technology and digitalization, it’s still my family, my wife and three kids, that matters most. Spending time with my loved ones, seeing my kids grow up and trying to instill good values in them is the most important thing for me ever.
Speaking of growing up, do you remember your first mobile phone?
Yes, I do remember, actually – even though from today’s perspective it feels like ancient history. It was a Sony Ericsson T68i. However, the first one that I regularly used was a Nokia 2110. They gave me one during my internship, since we had to be reachable at all times for service and on-call duty. At the time, text messaging was the new form of personal communications and it was really taking off. Oh, and there were the first car phones then, too. My dad had one. It was as big as a suitcase, and it was totally fascinating for us kids, of course. Then everything started to become smaller. The smaller the better!