Here ‘s just a quick thought I had about the iPhone as a stocking stuffer. I was walking through the mall on a last minute shopping spree (ok, well actually I was trying to get everything last minute ) and I saw this massive ad on the wall for the iPhone (shown above). Alright, so […]
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iPhone as a stocking stuffer?

ScreenShot001 Here ‘s just a quick thought I had about the iPhone as a stocking stuffer. I was walking through the mall on a last minute shopping spree (ok, well actually I was trying to get everything last minute ) and I saw this massive ad on the wall for the iPhone (shown above). Alright, so you get somebody a present for about $200 “ it ‘s going to be a best friend or a family member or a significant other. This isn ‘t just secret Santa pocket change. But the other thing is the plan that you inevitably had to sign up and pay for to get this phone.

I think the iPod Touch can be a great ‘stocking stuffer ‘, although anything that costs 20x as much as the stocking probably belongs under the tree instead. People take the iPod Touch out of the stocking, sync their music, and then enjoy the device without having to pay anything more. But the iPhone? I mean, I ‘m a huge fan of the iPhone, but surprising somebody with $60 of monthly payments for a data and voice plan for three years on Rogers or Fido (in Canada) just seems kinda mean! I think you can buy the iPhone outside of a contract for about $700-750, but we ‘re not talking about the stuffing at that range. We ‘re talking about a turkey.

Obviously I ‘m exaggerating, but it just hit me that this was a rather strange way for Apple to advertise their super phone. I didn ‘t think a locked, contracted phone belonged in a stocking. I thought stockings were for chocolates, little plush dolls, iPods, or well, legs!

<pic from Rogers.com>

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