Setting the record strait...
“anyone who complains that $500/$600 is too expensive for the unsubsidized iPhone must be ignorant of the $500 retail price of the Blackberry 8800, $600 Blackberry 8830, and $600 Palm Treo 750 - all locked to a single network.”
You are completely right the Blackberry 8800 & 8830 and Palm Treo 750 are over priced devices that allow you send & receive email using your cell carrier’s network. Everyone knows that sending & receiving critical business information from a mobile device is very 2 years ago. Apple is innovating and looking to the future while everyone else is continuing to provide useful functionality.
Apple (as well as anyone in the know) understands the future of the business world is the ability to play YouTube video and send messages on Myspace. I can’t tell you how many deals I’ve lost not because I had to wait till I found a Starbucks of McDonalds to check my email on my iPhone, but because my (old) Blackberry’s browser was to cumbersome to allow me to quickly respond to a clients Friend Request on Myspace.
For everyone who’s still not convinced, I closed a 5.6 million dollar deal yesterday. I did this not by having critical information available at my fingertips (which I clearly can’t access by using my iPhone), but by playing that Skateboarding Dog clip from Youtube. Having the president, board of director, purchasing agent, director of HR and IT all huddled around my iPhone created a sense of community and closeness that really closed the deal.
You see productivity and functionality are dead! Long live feel good, and community building!
“The real crime is AT&T requiring a 2-year service agreement when they are not subsidizing the phone.”
HEY! AT&T is paying A LOT of money to Apple for the privilege of provide iPhone users the very best service available on any carrier. AT&T is simply using a 2-year contract to protect you from ever having to experiencing the crappy level of service provided by other carriers. iPhone users should really be thank full that Apple decided that the carrier that paid them the most would provide the optimal iPhone experience. It’s obvious that the carrier that payed the most money Apple has the best network.
Who is more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him.
APPLE FOR LIFE!
I don’t know what your talking about…
I have never been ironic or sarcastic in my life.
No real need for exaggeration when talking about my beloved Apple. It’s comical enough all on its own.
“Most important technical innovation in twenty years?” is just echoing a quote from a fellow iLifer on the Engadget comments. Most importantly it’s correct!
I work for Apple’s Truth Enhancement Department.