(26-Jan-2012) When Bruce Poon Tip was exploring in the South Pole earlier this month, he needed a way to communicate with his 1,500 employees scattered across the globe. But Poon Tip, the founder of Toronto-based global travel company G Adventures, was faced with a challenge: his laptop was too heavy to carry across Antarctica.
His solution? The Apple (AAPL) iPhone.
“We’re in some of the most unique corners of the world so mobility is very important,” he said. “We have people communicating with us through just the touch of their iPhone from Bolivia to Mongolia.”
Poon Tip said most of his team is equipped with an iPhone and iPad which they use to Tweet out updates during trips, to access travel apps and to post photos. Other devices simply aren’t an option. “We had people arriving here with BlackBerry and Android phones and they can’t survive in our environment because of how fast we move,” he said.