In the Not Without My Cell Phone column in 2007, Die Welt discussed the importance of cell phones to Angela Merkel. And in it he says: “The most prominent opinion was presented by the advisor. In previous years it would disappear during breaks – a cell phone between hand and hairstyle.”
Bonn. Angela Merkel’s time as German chancellor is over, and so is her cellphone. The History House Foundation has an old Merkel Siemens S55 phone in its collection. This was brought to the notice of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media’s team on Twitter. The cell phone, according to the organisation, is one of the most crucial instruments in the consultant’s work. The target is a symbol for “a new sort of political communication.” It enabled SMS communication in addition to phone conversations, which politicians used heavily in the mid-2000s. Merkel used the cell phone from 2003 to 2005, including during the time that the National Security Agency wiretapped her.
In the meantime, she takes a different approach to the cell phone – she writes with both hands. Merkel once explained why she loves to text with the following words: “It saves time because all the polite phrases are gone, ‘Hello! “,” How are you? “,” where are you now? – and because the sender no longer has to reveal what situation he is in and the receiver can choose when to respond.
See also Cell phone distraction: a 34-year-old police car taking the right of way. This description seems outdated today in the age of smartphones and messaging apps. The times when cell phones and SMS were still innovative are, after all, history. The Haus der Geschichte transmits contemporary German history after 1945 in four museums in Bonn, Berlin and Leipzig as well as online.