Why I Will Not Buy An iPhone

Disclaimer time – I am an unabashed Apple guy, and have been since first setting my eyes on a Macintosh 128k back in 1984. I own (a small amount) of Apple stock.

According to the finance blog Bullish Cross , Apple just recently sold their 10 millionth iPhone well ahead of their end 2008 target date – so the loss of my potential purchase is certainly not going to cause Mr. Jobs any sleepless nights. And, my reluctance to buy one of these vaunted tech-gems is certainly not due to my lack of desire. I have long dreamt of having a camera, GPS, media centre, pocket PC and life scheduling device in one small package. Heck, the iPhone even makes phone calls – imagine THAT, you can punch a few numbers and TALK to anyone in the world!

So, you can imagine my dismay when Apple chose to abandon its traditional business model of selling a premium product at a premium price in favor of getting into bed with the MOBile TelCo’s. That’s right, instead of paying a fixed price for an iPhone, the user has no choice but to sign a draconian long-term contract for a subsidized unit, which over the course of a two or three year period winds up costing FAR more than the value of the phone.

I agree this should be an option for those prone to signing contracts, however Apple should also be selling the iPhone unlocked and for a reasonable price on the open market, allowing pay-as-you-go users (and multiple SIM card users) the option of getting into a good bit of kit. No doubt this will affect the perceived “3G” browsing experience as non-contract users will not have the same access to bandwidth, but reports indicate that it’s not all that fast anyways. Most users would be happy just poaching free WiFi from McDonalds or unsecured neighbourhood routers to get their SPAM.

There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon however, as the iPhone is now sold officially unlocked on Apple’s Hong Kong website, albeit for a premium. At current exchange rates, an unlocked 16gb 3G WiFi iPhone runs about $800 USD. This price is still outside of my value/performance ratio for a smartphone (somewhere around $575 USD), but it’s a start. In the meantime, I’ll stick to my iPod Touch and good ole’ Moto Rzr…

and stay tuned for the sequel to this blog – “Why I Bought An iPhone”

What’s on the iPod Today: Medeski, Martin and Wood – Radiolarian (2008) This new release from alternative Jam-Jazz funksters continues their tradition of choppy, chunky and thoroughly enjoyable modern Groove/Jazz.
Soft Circus Rating: G-G-G-G-1/2 Grooves (out of 5)

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4 Responses

  1. Kathy says:

    I’m not an Apple guy like you, but I do love iPhone, I love iPhone itself, but I don’t like the way Apple sell it just like you said in your blog.

    I know people can crack iPhone to make it work without binding to any contract. What do you think?

  2. zac says:

    Problem with (illegal) unlocked phones is that they can be “bricked” or rendered useless by Apple software updates. And constantly improving software is one of the GOOD features of such a phone.

  3. Ivy says:

    If iPhone can accept all kinds of SIM cards, i would be so happy and prepare to buy one for my dear husband in Beijing, China. But it’s a pity now.

  4. zac says:

    by the way… i bought one… sigh!

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