Giveaway: AT&T Nokia Surge Phone for the Holidays from The Recessionista Blog

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Pictured: This sleek Noika Surge Phone/Messaging Device can be yours if you enter to win. Details below.

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

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!


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Anonymous

    December 17, 2009 at 1:18 am

    I think shopping has already gone mobile. I don't currently shop via mobile device, but plan to in the near future.

    marci2.miller at gmail dot com

  2. BookGirl

    December 17, 2009 at 2:05 am

    I've used my mobile phone to compare prices — I did it once when I was out shopping and saved a considerable amount by comparing online. I've never shopped by mobile, but I have no reason to think that “mobile shopping” won't continue to increase. So much else is going mobile that it's perfectly reasonable to think that shopping will as well.

  3. Genesis

    December 17, 2009 at 3:12 am

    i think that mobile shopping will be a shortlived fad. i for one would not feel comfortable whipping out my credit card and entering the information on my phone. even though the risks are practically the same, I think that online computer shopping will still be the number one choice.

    gengavino24 at yahoo dot com

  4. sheri miller

    December 17, 2009 at 3:32 am

    am I first? wow… first the phone is beautiful!!! as a person who is new to the “technical world” lol thats right just now learning how much fun and how easy and simple using a phone like this would be.and actually I did just use my cell phone to call around and get the best priced toy for my grandchild. to say I would love to win this, is putting it mildly !!!

  5. Janel

    December 17, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I love shopping online so naturally shopping via mobile device is my new obsession! I desperately need a new phone! Please! Love the blog!

    X Janel


  6. Camille

    December 17, 2009 at 5:39 am

    I personally do not care for mobile shopping. It is too slow, and the screen is too small to really see anything very well. I prefer online shopping at home using my desktop. camillemiwa at hotmail dot com.

  7. viva

    December 17, 2009 at 7:31 am

    If you count getting codes via text and then using them at stores, I totally love it. I've done it before with American Eagle. They send over really, really great deals via text for and Aerie. email dot vivi at gmail dot com

  8. Kathy

    December 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I think mobile shopping is an excellent use of the browser in your phone, if nothing else, for price comparison while shopping in realtime. It would be even better if a secure application existed that you stored your credit card info and could reference in your purchase rather than entering credit card info on the phone browser.

    If I ran across something in the brick and morter store that I could wait on obtaining, and I found it via my mobile browsing cheaper (including S&H) I would purchase via mobile. Without Mobile, I wouldn't know if I could get it cheaper and would probably opt to buy it there and more than likely would not go back to the store to return it if I did find it online later at home.

    Kathycouchon at att dot net

  9. KCTX Sunshine

    December 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    There are several “pros” to using the internet and mobile devices but I have to say the biggest one I know of is using both to shop! Why face the ugly crowds, the winter cold, and traffic all to get that all mighty bargain when it can be done in the comfort of your PJs next to a warm fire? I for one get panicy just thinking about carrying my packages to a crowded parking lot this time of year. On the other hand, shopping at the mall this time of year could also be a good stress releiver. How do you ask? Instead of going to the gym you could put those kick boxing skills to use if someone is trying to buy the last cashmere pashmina for $20…those were the days. So as I get older the more I realize that without having access to shopping via mobile I would never get my Christmas shopping done, or anything else for that matter! Is that so wrong?


    December 18, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I haven't used my phone to shop. I'd rather see a bigger image & easier to read via laptop. Unless I was out on the road, that I may do! I would definitely use it to compare prices. I see it being an option in the future for many, if it isn't already. Happy Holidays to you & yours! 😉

  11. Anonymous

    December 18, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Although, I don't shop mobile(mostly because I can't do that with the phone I have), I definately think its going mobile. Most of my friends shop through their phone and they find it very convenient. Years ago we didn't think people would want to purchase anything from the computer and now its impossible to find someone who hasn't done it.

    Tahrer Khalil
    tahrerk56 at hotmail dot com

  12. kimmie

    December 18, 2009 at 6:28 am

    I would love if I could shop on my phone.. for reasons like you- If the store is out of the size/color that I want, I can easily look it up online. BUT…. I can't! because I don't have web-browsing enabled on my phone… so this Nokia Surge would be perfect!

    The husband and I are downgrading to pre-paid phones early next year because our month-to-month plan is too expensive and we barely use any minutes… we're just trying to cut as many “luxuries” as we can out of our budget (goodbye Blockbuster monthly pass and Cable TV!) so having a fancy phone like this would totally beat having to use an old flip phone. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me win!! 🙂

    kimkchang at gmail dot com

  13. 1busylady

    December 18, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I agree, shopping is already mobile! I personally wouldnt be ready for it, I like to touch and feel my merchandise before purchasing.. although I have bought toys via internet…so im sure the next step would be via mobile. Oh, and booking show tickets or purchasing movie tickets I would most certainly do via mobile!

  14. 1busylady

    December 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    oops forgot my email on my last nokia comment
    gfrancoacevedo at yahoo dot com im user 1busylady

  15. rosetinted♥

    December 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Not sure if Canada is really considered international or not, but at least I'll give in my input 🙂

    I would really like for our mobile services to be a lot cheaper (and for online shopping to be a lot more mobile friendly), because currently I don't shop via mobile (my phone bill is costly enough, I don't want to think about adding on a data plan).

    I do know that there are some international countries — I will use Japan as an example — who do have a lot of users who do a lot of shopping with their cellphones. A lot of their websites also have mobile-friendly versions, and they even have an auction website called mbok, where one needs to sign up with a mobile number. There's also a barcode system where if you see an item in a magazine and really like it, just take a photo of the barcode and it will take you to the corresponding website where you can buy it. I know this is available a little bit in Canada (mostly in the form of additional news from the free daily Metro newspaper), but I would like for this to be pushed forward as a vehicle for online shopping as well. I do quite some online shopping because I can't necessarily buy all the items that I like in traditional brick-and-mortar stores… And if online shopping via mobile phones were cheaper and more available, I would definitely switch over (from using my laptop), it would make things a lot easier rather than having to check on my laptop all the time!

    Asian countries definitely make us North Americans feel like we're living in the stone ages!!

    hello.aurevoir at gmail dot com

  16. Alexandra

    December 19, 2009 at 3:34 am

    I am a Fashion Design and Merchandising student and I just took a class called Merchandising through Technology. This class opened my eyes to some really cool new trends in mobile merchandising and marketing, particularly in retail and fashion. Being young and tech savvy, I of course have participated in all new types of technology, but was never fully aware of how much everything has really gone mobile. Iphones, Blackberrys, anything Mobile Web ready is really the way of the future. It's only now just beginning. Think of the places you could go with this, not just mobile web browsing to purchase things from websites. The cellphone/ mobile web device is going to be used for everything from receipts (no more keeping track of paper receipts for returns) to promotions via text message (that are then used in-store) to trying on items with a virtual body double. I don't believe that the brick-and-mortar storefronts will ever be totally replaced by websites or mobile devices, but 100% integration is what I see happening. Where we will be able to do everything shopping related not just in-store but also in the palm of our hands.

    ajenusaitis at gmail dot com

  17. Mobile Phones for sale in Ireland

    January 2, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I do agree with your opinions. Thanks for your appreciation. I really appreciate for giving this information.

  18. Alexandra

    January 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I received the phone a few days ago and have been using it ever since! It's super sleek looking and surprisingly thin in width for a phone with a keyboard. Fits in my pocket without being bulky. The mobile web is accessible and the large, wide keyboard buttons make it easy to type. I haven't done any shopping on it yet, but I'm sure I will soon!
    Thanks for the New Years present, Recessionista!

  19. louis vuttion

    March 12, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I think shopping has already gone mobile. I don't currently shop via mobile device, but plan to in the near future.