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Chinese couple swap child for mobile phone

Found on techradar.com... apparently they think this is funny:

A Chinese couple are reported to have sold their child to fund the purchase of a mobile phone. The news report didn't say what model of mobile it was or which operating system the phone they bought used, so we can't judge them too harshly.

If they picked up an old mid-range Nokia on a crippling PAYG contract, for example, they were clearly idiots - but an unlocked HTC Hero on a generous monthly tariff in return for the child would've been a much more understandable, and indeed quite fair, swap.

"When I got 2,500 yuan for the baby, I thought I might as well buy the phone I always wanted" the kid's 21-year-old father is quoted as telling authorities, although the poor, misguided couple were themselves ripped off - they sold their one-month-old baby to a trafficker for the equivalent of about £250, who was subsequently busted trying to sell on the kid for a grand.

"Sexting" craze achieves press release keyword status

If you don't want to sell or swap your child for a mobile phone and instead actually care about its well-being and development, Dublin-based tech company VMAD has Bully Stop for your consideration - a tool designed to save your pretty-looking, soft kid from getting bullied by the hard ugly ones.

Of course, it does no such thing. How could a mobile app stop the rough boy from the estate throwing stones at your delicate little Thomas? It can't. Bully Stop is actually a simple blocking tool, which the maker claims can stop kids getting abuse via TXT - even squeezing current teen-shock buzzword "sexting" into its product description to further terrorise parents into handing over money. Yes, money. It's not free. It costs 20 euros.

Bully Stop is out now for Symbian S60 phones, with the maker promising Android and iPhone versions soon. As if any parent would let a child have, or go anywhere near, an iPhone.



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Posted in: News by SoulRiser on December 29, 2009 @ 7:46 PM

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