Dear Thinkgeek: I admit, it's really, really cool that you're selling replica Star Trek communicators on your site and, yeah, it's kind of awesome that they have a "hailing function" and pre-recorded messages from characters from the show and all. But, seriously, people. Would it have been too hard to make this into a working cell-phone for the ultimate geekgasm?

The advertising copy for the communicator - cheap at just $29.99! - even underlines the missed opportunity:

Now you too can talk to the Enterprise no matter where you are. Just flip up the grill, and you'll be greeted with the lights and sounds you've come to know and love. But not content with mere beeps, the UFP has packed this replica with voice clips from the actual series. Delight as you hear Mr. Spock ask you if you want an armed party beamed down and thrill as you call the Enterprise and hear Bridge here, Captain. So equip yourself with the Communicator that futuristically prognosticated the invention of the cell phone, and get ready for a communication . . . from the stars.


You even say it "futuristically prognosticated" the cell phone! Would it have killed you to try and make it work as one? I mean, really?

Star Trek Classic Communicator [ThinkGeek]