Billionaire Elon Musk has, for the first time, addressed questions about the possibility of making his own smartphone brand, amid longstanding speculation that a "Tesla Pi" phone is in the works.
Responding to a tweet, Musk stated: "I certainly hope it does not come to that (making his own phone), but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone."
He was responding to Liz Wheeler, host of The Liz Wheeler Show video podcasts, who speculated: "If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?"
Wheeler then put out a Twitter poll, asking people if they would switch to a tELonphone, which has garnered more than 13,000 votes so far.
In August, Musk announced that SpaceX's Starlink, a globe-spanning network of low-earth satellites that now cover a huge part of the globe, has signed a cellular partnership with US carrier T-Mobile.
Musk and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert announced SpaceX and T-Mobile's satellite-to-cell partnership from SpaceX's Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas.
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