I would especially love to hear from American ATS'ers regarding this.
With the weak dollar the incentive to go on vacation and pick up an iPhone is really strong
BUT... I read something about they will be forcing you guys to activate the phone in the shop or how was it?
Does this mean that you get tied to a subscription and there is no way to avoid this? Also, this would in turn mean that you have to be an American
citizen in order to buy the phone at all. Is that also correct?
Here in Denmark we are also being forced to get the phone with a subscription. One which is only supplied by one phone company, Telia.
The phone itself will be:
8GB - $290 / 187 Euros
16GB - $417 / 267 Euros
add to that the monthly subscription:
Each month - $125 / 80 Euros
You MUST be signed to this subscription for 6 months! No exceptions... if you're a company you are forced to stick with it for 12 months.
I know it's worse for the brits, but this locking people down shouldn't be allowed at all...
in this subscription we get:
Free calls to Telia mobile and landline numbers
5 hours of calls to other mobile numbers
300 mb of data
So first of all, screw the statement of the phone not costing more than $200 all over the world. We're talking $90 more here!
And then we have the "virtually no competition amongst the phone companies" in Denmark which means we are charged waaay too high prices for their
So you can understand why I'm fishing for some info regarding the American market
Now the reason I was looking to maybe
getting the iPhone was the wifi and gps system of it, besides it looking nice and slick. Also I hardly go
anywhere without my iPod and phone, so molding these into one piece would be nice for me.
I had the pleasure of seeing the 1st gen phone up close and I like the quality of the screen, it's decent for movie watching etc. so that's one more
plus from me.
One thing I haven't investigated though, which for me could decide the whole deal, is the stamina of the battery in this baby.
I must admit, I'm not at all impressed with the battery in my 1st gen Nano. and having had some different phones with color display, needless
screensavers etc. I'm not too impressed with those either.
How long can you go without charging the 1st gen iPhone? I know it depends on how much you're talking and using it for what ever, but if it needs to
sleep in the charger over night every 2 nights or so, then I couldn't care less.