In the land of “bling” (as the kids say), you see all kinds of stuff getting the “bling” treatment. Diamond encrusted jewelry, tricked out cars, and super snazzy cell phones are all items to denote wealth and status. Which is why I was intrigued to see Computerworld.com’s headline, “Which religion has the best cell phone?” The column by Mike Elgan is an entertaining look at the ins and outs of cell phones for the faithful.
Like Elgan, I was shocked to learn that there may be no Christian cell phones. There are accessories galore for the cell phone savvy Christian to get their phone on, but no 100 percent Christian phones. He was also unable to find Hindu or Sikh cell phones, which is a bummer because I might give up my crappy pay as you go phone if I could get a cool looking cell with Kali on it.
So who were the big three? Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists.
In third place was the Jewish cell phone. This essentially is a phone about denial to help Orthodox Jews be good boys and girls. In second was the Muslim cell phone. This is genius because if you’re Muslim stuck in a foreign city, how do you know exactly when to pray and which direction Mecca is in? Well, with the phones listed in the article they will remind you to pray, help you locate a mosque, and will point you towards Mecca! I have to admit, despite not being Muslim I wouldn’t mind having a phone that would point towards Mecca…that’s just cool! With the way things are going these days, I’m guessing it would come with a government listening device already installed for everyone’s convenience!
Finally, Elgan gave first place to the Buddhist cell phone. I’m not sure what Buddha would think of it, but if this gold-plated, jade accented bad boy was available in the U.S. you would see it in every hip hop video on MTV. To get a good look at this Nokia, check out this Trendhunter.com article.
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