Finally, iPhone hands on

July 31, 2008 at 9:42 pm | Posted in tech | 1 Comment
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Yes, I was granted exclusive access to a fully functional iPhone today. The event took place because no one was in line at the AT&T store to play with the gadget. So much for exclusive hands-on access.

The gadget was great. Search for “iphone review” and you will get a better review than I can give. My wife and I were impressed by the totally intuitive and clean interface. She was impressed by the touch screen and easy access to the web. We did find the lack of copy and paste odd. Sure, you can by third party apps to do the trick but that’s like adding reverse to a car as an after market purchase. What’s the deal?

Spousal encouragement of any gadget purchase is like blood in the water to a shark. I approached the manager and told him that we are long standing AT&T customers currently out of contract. That we were looking at Verizon. Could he give us a deal on the iPhone or the associated rate plans? “No.” It was a polite and reasonable no but still no. He didn’t have to explain further: with exclusive rights to the most desired consumer item on the market why cut deals?

So we talked about what rate plan we could get. There was a slight deal for us – we could keep our $70/month, two line plan and add $30.00 per iPhone to the monthly bill. Plus, of course, $199 each for the iPhone.

So, our monthly bill would jump to $130 a month with an first year increase of $720 (about 9 tanks of gas for the minivan). For that price I will stick with my aging Samsung and wait for the iPhone competitors to hit the market over the next twelve months.

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  1. You anti-capitalist smasher of corporate oligarchic/monopolistic DisneyEden. I hope they charge you with an early termination fee (recently ruled illegal in the California courts – figures) even though you’re out of contract – that will teach you to question iGod.

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