Once upon a time a telephone sat upon a wall. Nowadays, we've cut the cord (and shortened the name) and our phones are mobile and have the processing power to accomplish a number of "smart" things. They can: take pictures, record voice messages, send and receive email, and entertain us for hours.
Smartphones are fun implements of tech-age diversion, as well as, uh, the thingy that also happens to make phone calls. In that spirit, we've found five deals that will bring out even more fun in your phone.
iCam Camera Case for iPhone 4
Price: $12.99 with $2.61 s&h
Lowest By: $4
Is It Worth It?: Want to outfit your ultramodern iPhone 4 in a retro style? This hard shell iPhone case looks like an old film camera and comes with a nick strap. The extendable lens also doubles as a practical support stand for landscape viewing. One caution: It's not clear what color you'll get when you order, but whether you receive a red, yellow, or black case, your iPhone will look picture worthy.
Love the idea of a camera case, but want something sleeker? You can also try this Soft Silicone Camera Case for iPhone 4 ($1.99 with $2.08 s&h, a low by $1).
Universal 3.5mm Retro Phone Handset
Price: $14.99 via coupon code "R6L59P" with free shipping
Lowest By: $3
Expires: November 9
Is It Worth It?: Ring, Ring! That's the 1950s calling. Available in black, pink, or yellow, this handset from Cellular Factory looks like the vintage phone receiver, but comes with noise-reducing technology for a crisp and polished sound, and a soft-touch finish for comfort and feel. We're also betting it weighs much less than the old handsets, too, which had more than a passing resemblance to barbells.
HandHeldItems Sale on HTC Phone Accessories
Discount: Up to 90% off plus an extra 20% off via coupon code "htc20phones"
Shipping: Free shipping
Expires: November 30
Is It Worth It?: The folks at HandHeldItems are pulling out all the stops with this sale, which can net you a great discount on phone accessories on top of an already generous price slash. Make sure to enter the coupon code "htc20phones", and take advantage of the $1 HHI store credit with your purchase. A best bet is the chalkboard-like Graphic Case for HTC myTouch 4G (pictured) for just $3.31 after the coupon, which would be a hit with any teachers in your life.
Stylus for iPhone / iPod with Anti-Dust Plug
Price: 99 cents via coupon code "CJMX0Q" with free shipping
Lowest By: $4
Expires: November 7
Is It Worth It?: Keep your fingers off the glass! Use this stylus to prevent fingerprints on your device. It keeps handy when not in use, as it attaches to the docking port. And the folks at Cellular Factory bet that since you're already using a stylus, you might also be the type to want to prevent any dust; the stylus is bundled with an anti-dust plug (pictured) that protects the data port of your device from both dust and water.
iPhone App Freebies
Lowest by: $2
Is It Worth It?: What better way to have fun with your phone than with a few free apps? dealnews lists a daily roundup of free apps, and some current hot offers include Fish Paradise (a virtual pet game), Fotoyaki and ClassicINSTA (photo software), and Muffin Knight (a delicious adventure game).