Mobiles as snacks

Updated: Nov 23 2005, 05:30am hrs
Mobiles doubling up as cameras, as a payment device, as a means to access email ...but mobiles as errr...food What next The credit for that, however, must go to the vice-president (marketing) of an MNC pharma company in Mumbai. While holidaying at a beach resort in Kovalam, the inebriated Veep dropped his cellphone into the waves. Only to have an enterprising waiter retrieve it. The cellphone was sea-tossed and worse, his precious international roaming SIM card was also wet, so he kept it on the table to dry. An hour and a plate of cocktail eats later, he decided to reload the phone. Only to find the SIM missing. The card had, he gradually realised, gone in a quick munch, with a mouthful of fried cashews! Thats as far as eavesdropper knows ... as for what happened the morning after... no prizes for guessing!

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