Great phone, bad policy
So, one of my developers was in great need of a moral boost and was already the lone-wolf AT&T user in the building, so I decided to buy him an iPhone as a way to say thanks for all this hard work.
He gets the phone and spends most of a whole day playing with it and getting it set up and, lack of productivity not-withstanding, I was wholly impressed with the . It really works, and works well. I was really tickled that the UI worked just as advertised. I decided then and there I'd like to have one. Except,
I refuse to bow to the arrogance of any hardware provider who seeks to force me to use the service of their choosing. It's just bad policy and reinforces really bad ideas in already screwy corporate mentalities. Until I can buy an iPhone (that isn't hacked or fucked up by some 3rd party software) that works out of the box on any provider I refuse to buy one. Probably doesn't make much of a difference to Apple but I will do what I can to reinforce consumer rights.