Shameless consumerism

Never let it be said that I’m not doing my bit to try and prevent a recession. This weekend it was time for a new mobile phone. My old phone is a Bosch World 718. It’s a lovely phone; reliable, good sound, excellent build quality, adequate battery life, and works pretty much anywhere in Europe or the USA because it’s dual-band GSM. The only problem is, it’s 1996 technology, which means it’s the size and weight of a brick compared to today’s phones.

Recessionwatch

More job cuts: Disney: 4,000 ADC Telecommunications: 3,000-4,000 marchFIRST: 3,500 (trading halted pending confirmation) Ericsson: 3,300 American Greetings: 1,500 Nokia: 300 Viant: 211 (a third of those left) Palm: 250 [Updated with mish’s contributions.]