Readers, do you let your fingers do your shopping via your Mobile phone device? I’m beginning to see a strong correlation between shopping and mobile devices. Recently, I was doing a little holiday shopping, and the store I was at was out of the item I wanted. Presto, I got out my good old Crackberry (Blackberry) and fired up Google to see if I could find the item on the web. There it was at my fingertips, and at a somewhat better price too. Which brings me to the holiday givaeway du jour. The Recessionista has been given a new Noika Surge Phone to give to one lucky US reader (sorry, no international shipping here.) The giveaway is the sidekick of AT&T’s 12 days of giving being held now on Facebook at www.facebook.com/att.
With many cool designers like Norma Kamali offering mobile shopping applications, it seems like a good way to reward our readers. According to a 2008 study on the correlation between shopping and mobile devices, research suggests that “the mobile phone could become a viable way for retailers to reach their customers,” said David Day, Lightspeed Research CEO, Europe. “The 24/7 nature of the mobile phone, a device that many people have with them all the time, and the increase in Internet-ready phones offers a real opportunity for retailers to match their offer to the products and services customers may want to buy in this way.”
So here’s what you need to do to participate in my little giveaway. Leave me a comment on whether or not your believe that shopping will go mobile. Do you shop on your mobile device or just use it to compare prices? Or is shopping on a mobile device too slow for you due to slow response time? Most importantly, does mobile shopping lead to impulse spending. Inquiring minds need to know! Tell me what you think about shopping via your mobile device by Friday, Dec. 18th by midnight PST. To enter to win simply leave me a comment with e-contact information (leave your email like this: xxx at yahoo dot com so the spammers can’t pick it up). Note, this giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen.
The winning commenter will receive the pictured Noika Surge for the Holidays, a low-cost, high-style smartphone. The phone features a full size slide out QWERTY keyboard and easy access to social networking sites (essential for Twitterholics). The Surge also comes with voice-guided GPS, web browser comes with full HTML and flash support, AT&T Mobile music plus a 2 MP camera. The Surge is shiny black (frugal is the new black!) and retails for $229.99. (note if you are a current AT&T Mobile customer in the US, you can get it for just $29.99 with a 2 year contract & rebate. )
So, fire up the comments readers and let me know how you feel about mobile shopping. And don’t forget, there is still time to enter the Avon handbag giveaway. We don’t believe in Scroogenomics at The Recessionista. Christmas is not all Bah-Humbug over here!