Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The web is awesome: Shopping for a cell phone

I've been wanting to get a new cell phone for awhile now since mine started having issues. I have not wanted to go stand in line to talk to somebody at the Cingular store. That process is far too time-consuming.

So today I logged onto Cingular's on-line site and clicked on "upgrade phone". That took me to a long list of phones that were available to me at significant discounts. Since I just ordered a new car with Bluetooth, I had it show me only phones that had Bluetooth and then sorted by price.

What I could get from my desk and not in the store was reviews on every phone I was interested in. cnet's site was great. I looked up probably twelve different phones. They had all but one. I ended up purchasing a Samsung D807 for just $50. Check out this link for an example of their excellent reviews.

I was not completely sure of the pricing, so I clicked on the chat link at Cingular's site and was on-line with a real person in just a few seconds. He gave me the info I needed quickly, and I made the order.

Lots of choices, expert reviews, filtering and sorting, all that from the comfort of my desk chair. Slick.


  1. Good points. I've been shopping online almost exclusively for close to 15 years. Sometimes I have to go buy food or something, but for items like cell phones it just makes sense.

  2. I've upgrade my phones online at least 4-5 times. Always easy access to information and the same or better prices.