Everything is bigger in Texas except for Jerry Jones' flip phone

Everything is bigger in Texas except for Jerry Jones' flip phone
The Dallas Cowboys are one of  America's greatest sports franchises. Worth $2.3 billion, the Cowboys are the most valuable NFL team and have helped make a celebrity out of owner Jerry Jones. Jones has become such a celebrity that a picture of him sitting in the press box during Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos created a ruckus after it was tweeted.

What had everyone up in arms about the Cowboy's owner on Sunday? Did he leave his zipper down? Was he flipping off Bronco fans during the contest? Nope. The issue is clearly seen with the phone being held to the billionaire's ear. Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, it is a flip phone. So once the photo made its tweet way around the world, amateur psycho-analysts had a field day with it. Is Jones a tight wad, unwilling to shell out the $199.99 for an Apple iPhone 5s or a Samsung Galaxy S4? Is Jones so low tech that a smartphone would be too difficult for him to operate correctly? We do get the point that as the owner of a professional sports team, Jones hates to hear about contracts, two-years or otherwise.

It's always interesting, at least for those who are consumed with mobile devices like we are, when someone has the means and opportunity to acquire nothing but the hottest new models and then decides to use a device that doesn't come close to taking advantage of what is available with today's technology. It is hard to believe that a billionaire wouldn't want to catch up with the latest business news on a big 5.2 inch screen like the one on the LG G2, or snap photos of his team using the Nokia Lumia 1020. And you would think that a man with Super Bowl dreams would want to protect his phone from a Gatorade bath by buying the waterproof Sony Xperia Z.

We're sure that there is some reason as to why Mr. Jones continues to sport a flip phone, and yes it is certainly within his right to do so. While it is hard to feel sorry for a billionaire, we can't help thinking about the things that he is missing out on by not owning a smartphone.

Billionaire Jerry Jones and his flip phone

Billionaire Jerry Jones and his flip phone


source: @CorkGaines via BleacherReport, CNET

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32 Comments

1. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

who cares?!

3. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Thank you.

12. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

my pleasure :|

2. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

History Channel's Counting Cars did an episode where they made fun of Danny "The Count" Koker's phone. He uses a very old Nokia feature phone and refuses to get a smart phone. Sometimes it's about using what works for you and what you're comfortable with. Wouldn't be surprised if Jerry Jones gets a boat load of free phones by the end of the week. OEM's gotta do what they gotta do.

4. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Probably a prepaid phone, because he doesn't want too many people with his number

5. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 2009

Slow news day?? Let the man use what he wants. Besides the man is rich enough to hire assistants to worry about the mundane tasks of swiping on a smartphone.

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Hes rich enough to have his own smartphone designed lol.

18. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe that IS a smartphone he designed?!? Maybe the phone unfolds AGAIN to have a 6" 16K screen, powered by an 256-core processor clocked at 45 GHz with 4 TB RAM, 32 PB storage, a 500,000 mAh battery, a 100 gigapixel camera, serviced by his own network that gives him 100 Tbps download and upload, and a futuristic OS that would literally blow everyone's mind if they saw it?!?! MAYBE he's just protecting all of us from the greatest thing ever made, because we're not ready? Jerry Jones: SMARTPHONE VISIONARY! ...Oh, and it has a fingerprint scanner, because that's the most innovative thing there is...

6. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

My parents are very well off (not Jerry Jones well off, but have well over a mil put away), and they both use flip phones. My mom has considered getting a smartphone, but decided against it. It's a matter of what you need it for. My dad is very tech savvy (build his own PCs, has coded and released shareware programs), but he wants no part of a smartphone. He doesn't even have texting because he doesn't want to text. He only wants to be able to make calls.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

BTW, did the Cowboys look good last night or what? I was expecting a 20 point loss. They took Peyton and the Broncs to the wire.

17. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Yes they did! I was so disappointed though.

33. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Even as a Giants fan (you can understand my hatred and bias) I was crazy impressed by Romo and the Cowboys. I still don't know why the press had a field day talking crap about one bad play on a monster 500 yard+ shoot out against Peyton. You can't blame a guy for one bad play on a perfect game.

36. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

They looked great! All their uniforms matched and everything. Game wise? They were definitely no worse than the second best team on the field. OK, third best team if you you count their cheer leading team.

8. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

He is saving money, so that he can be buried with all the money he has.

9. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Buy what you like and tell the haters to f themselves.

10. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Fair props to the fella, at the end of the day I still lug around a £5 pre pay nokia phone from Vodafone UK and my 10 year old Motorola V600, works like a charm still. Nostalgic yes but practical for everyday calls, you bet!

11. Trismegistus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

News, ladies and gentlemen!

14. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

At least his phone doesn't have bloatware or even lags... I'm jealous for that.

15. HildyJ

Posts: 332; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

He buys a new phone everytime the Cowboys win the Super Bowl.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's a good thing Jeff Lurie doesn't have that rule. He'd never own a phone.

19. Android4Ever

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

"The cowboys are an accident waiting to happen"...Stephen A. Smith

22. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Redskins are going to beat them next week. We're finally getting back into the groove.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maybe he can borrow Peyton's iPhone 5S, or Romos S4.

26. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Mind your own life, PhoneArena...

27. inertiatic

Posts: 34; Member since: May 29, 2012

Which is more offensive: billionaire with a flip phone, or wellfare rat with an iphone?

29. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Love that. Truth !!!!!!!

28. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

That's the reason his rich, he's not stupid. Not spending money on a "phone" and their overpriced contracts.

30. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Rich people don't become rich by buying things that don't make them money. I'm sure most of his business is in person or on the phone. I don't think he is texting contract negotiations.

31. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm surprised Samsung or LG never made an up to date flip phone. You don't need android, opera mini could handle twitter, Facebook, browsing needs. I would give it 3G, WiFi, 3 inch touchscreen, 20 key sure type keyboard, 3 meg can, flash, HD recording, 1ghz processor, 512 ram, 1GB user memory, 1500 battery. I would load it up like an entry level smartphone.

34. crusher

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Feature phones are just so easy to use, no need to unlock, navigate use comples and useless menus to make a simple phone call. even with all the voice assitants a feature phone simple is so easy, i for one thinking of dumping my lumina 720 and getting a feature phone to make calls and a 8incher tab for my browsing and social media needs

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