If you saw the title of this post and you had to take a minute to scratch your head and wonder . . .”WTF is a cell phone charm?” , have no worries, you are not alone. When my boss suggested I write this article I had the exact same reaction. I thought to myself, charms, like the braceletes that my 8 year old cousin wears? It had to be those! The only other charms I am familiar with are of the Lucky cereal variety and I can’t see them having any place on or around a cell phone, despite their strikingly similar aversions to liquid. A quick Google search results in anywhere from 200 thousand to 2 million+ pages featuring the term “Cell Phone Charms”. A similar search of Technorati reveals more than 500 blog posts associated with the term. Clearly there is a strong market for cell phone charms online. Join me now as I jump into the weird, wacky and wonderful world of cell phone charms.
What is a Cell Phone Charm?
A cell phone charm is exactly what it sounds like. It is a small trinket that is fixed to your cell phone antenna, or some other hook or latch available on your device. They are very remeniscient of the charms that young girls wear on their braceletes. You know the ones, little hearts, clovers, teddy bears etc. Ok Ok I know, big girls also wear charm braceletes, the difference being that theirs are usually crafted out of precious metals and stones =)
Where do I find these charms
These cute little cell phone charms are widely available across the internet on many of the websites that will appear with a simple Google search. They are also available from nearly every cellphone accessories dealer you will find in your local shopping mall. Here are a few of the better quality websites out there that allow you to purchase cell phone charms online:
- Accessory Geeks
- Cell Phone Accents
- StrapYa World (very wacky selections here)
- ArtBeads (Just charms, no chains or lanyards)
How much do Cell Phone Charms cost?
Cell phone charms will vary in price depending on what style you choose and where you decide to purchase. Most dealers will offer you a discount on your merchandise if you purchase more than one charm at a time. Unless you are searching out an exclusive design or a cell phone charm made out of precious metals, you shouldn’t have to spend any more than $10 on a cell phone charm. The Blue Swarovski pearl Cell Phone Charm is very stylish and goes for only $8.
What kinds of cell phone charms are available?
If you can imagine it, it is available as a cell phone charm. Seriously, these things come in all shapes and sizes. They range from cheap looking little trinkets to very stylish gemstones and everything in between. In my search for quality cell phone charms, I have seen small silver high heeled shoes, tennis rackets, martini glasses, Swarovski crystals, dogs and cats, hearts, and teddy bears. I have also run into some strange offerings along the way. Can you imagine having a mutant Kewpie doll hanging off of your cellphone? I can =)
Which type of cell phone charm is best for me?
My tastes definitely lean towards the zany and out there concepts. I would have to say that the best cell phone charm for you would be one that expresses you personality most effectively. Are you a drinker? then go for the martini glass. Do you want to just dress your phone up a touch? Perhaps one of the beaded charms from Touch of Avalon might interest you, or one of the high end designer fashion options from Coach or Tiffany & Co. Regardless of your style or budget, you will be able to find a cell phone charm with a little bit of searching. Have fun with it, you never know what you will stumble across.
My Favorite Cell Phone Charms
Here are a handful of my favorite cell phone charms which are made available through Strapya World Final Fantasy Collection: A great series of cell phone charms dedicated to the much loved characters of the Final Fantasy franchise. Miniature Food: Hilarious little replicas of all kinds of food items. Burgers, Veggies, Pies Oh My! Mobile Display Cleaners: Zany “Cleaning Tools” which are meant to be used in cleaning your mobile display. Miniature Cell Phone Cell Phone Charms: Leave it up the crazy designers in Japan to come up with the concept of tying miniature cell phones to your actual cell phone. Very circular and very meta. Not really practical, but I got a kick out of them =) Japanese Wrestling Hero Masks: Wacky Japanese wrestler masks to hang off of your cell phone. Living Plants: A tiny little cactus stored in a nutrient jelly so it never needs feeding. UFO Detector: Ever wanted to have a device that can warn you when UFO’s are in the area? Now you can have all that protection right there hanging off your cell phone. Drumming Skull: A kooky drumming skull to hang off of your cell phone. Glow in the Dark Mushroom Caps: A tiny little glow in the dark mushroom cap in a glow in the dark container.