The cell phone revolutionized communications. It forever changed the way people keep in touch as well as do business with one another.
As cell phones and then other handheld electronics became more popular, new personal storage and transport solutions were needed. This need fueled the development of front pocket wallets and other means of storing and carrying handheld electronics.
The growing prevalence of cell phones was only one change prompting solutions like these products. At the same time cellular phones were becoming more common, cash was starting to become more obsolete. People began carrying less (or no) cash in favor of more secure methods of spending and protecting money.
The average number of plastic cards began to climb began to climb as a result. Today the average American carries eight plastic credit cards and one to two bank cards.
Add this to the increasing number of business card-sized loyalty and rewards cards people routinely carry. It amounts to an average of 15-20 plastic cards per person.
It was becoming apparent that the men's billfold-style wallet would soon be outdated. Innovators created front pocket wallets and other carrying cases to address these changes.
They tackle the need for a carrying case that accommodates cell phones, more plastic cards and less cash. Three of the most popular of these include:
1) Front pocket wallets: They are slimmer and narrower than the average men's billfold. They are designed, as the name implies, to be slipped into a front pocket. This is in contrast to billfolds which are traditionally kept in a back pocket.
Front pocket wallets have a main compartment for holding a cell phone. They have slots for several plastic cards. They also contain a compartment for holding paper money for those who still like to carry some cash.
Overall, they are a more streamlined version of the billfold, with the added cell phone compartment. They allow the user to keep his money and important cards in the same place as his phone. Their compact size allows it to fit into a front pocket where the wallet is much more accessible and also more comfortable.
2) Shoulder holsters: These carrying cases are designed like slings which are worn over the shoulder. They are elastic and flexible so they're easy to put on and fit most every man.
The elastic straps come together at a slim pouch. The pouch has a space for holding a cell phone. Plus, like front pocket wallets, there are slots for cards and a place for paper money.
Shoulder holsters are advantageous because they are worn very close to the body. They are easy to conceal underneath clothing. It would be near impossible for a cell phone to fall out of a shoulder holster.
In fact, all of its contents would be much safer and harder for a thief to get to. That's why this mode is often preferred by those who travel frequently.
3) Wallet cases: These are slightly larger than front pocket wallets, but similar in function. In addition to space for a device, slots for cards and a place for cash, they contain quick access mesh compartments. This extra space means there's a spot for ear buds, cords or other device accessories.
Some designs also have an outside pocket for carrying extra accessories or other items. The case can be carried or clipped to a belt for easy transport.
They have an advantage over front pocket wallets for those whose electronic devices don't fit into standard-sized accessories. They also have room for those extra accessories that some users like to carry. Wallet cases are great for travelers who need extra storage but don't like shoulder holsters.
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