Chinese couple swap child for mobile phone

Child offended as they only got a PAYG job from Alcatel

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.