When I wrote up a few thoughts on how to buy cell phones for women, I wanted to include tips on how to navigate the sticky mess of gift-giving in light of carriers, contracts, new activation prices vs. full prices, etc. Ultimately, I decided not to add that in because I feared my article-length post would turn into a novella, so I saved the topic for a separate post. Now I just found a recent article from The New York Times that covers it pretty well, so I just wanted to share.
I read the story thinking, "Uh-huh, yup, makes sense, okay, good to remember..." Then I hit the second to the last paragraph and my eyes popped open:
"The good news is that this may be one of the last holiday seasons with such limited options for giving cellphones as gifts. Some providers ? compelled to support a diverse range of devices on their networks, like the Kindle device from Amazon for electronic books ? are getting ready to open their networks to gadgets they do not sell."
That would be so sweet. Writer David Joachim didn't divulge what he's basing this on in the article, but it certainly lights a few cellular fantasies in the head of this gadget girl.