[citation][nom]outacontrolpimp[/nom]I wonder if they chose a good carrier instead of taking the easy way and going to ATT, since they take any phone they can get.[/citation]
Um, AT&T has an exclusive on the most desired phone on the market. That's a little different than, 'taking any phone they can get.' If your personal bias against AT&T is distorting your view of reality, I would suggest you seek professional counseling.
From http://www.apple.com/iphone/buy/ read the paragraph marked as Note#1:
"Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract, sold separately to qualified customers; credit check required; must be 18 or older. Existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G should check with AT&T or use www.apple.com/iphone/buy to find out if they are eligible for early upgrade pricing: $299 (8GB), $399 (16GB), or $499 (32GB) with a new two-year contract. For those who are not eligible for an early upgrade or who wish to buy iPhone as a gift, the prices are $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB)."
I don't think he was all that far off, you really shouldn't be too quick to make a fool out of yourself.
I supported this phone a lot on here but looking at the battery life it's not that impressive compared to the netbooks, tablets, and color e-readers coming to market.It would be cheaper to get a Palm Pre, install the tethering app, and carrying around a tablet. This phone is for those who need windows xp/7 compatibility bang, right in their pocket.
This should be well received by consumers, in particular tech enthusiasts. I dont know what worldwide cell carriers will think, but I can tell you right now that the providers in Canada will resist this thing like its H1N1!
The tradeoff for my grandfathered, blink-and-theyll-take-it-away, $15 unlimited 'on-device' data plan is 8$/MB tethering (there are ways around that in windows mobile, but dont tell telus).
Id bet good $$ that if I were to get this phone on my plan, and if telus found out its a phone with true desktop functionality, they would try2 call it tethering (or using my smartphone plan on a PC), and deliver me a 5 digit bill. Really theres no way they would allow it on a voice/smartphone plan.
OTOH, without the voice plan they charge $30/month for 500MB(!) for a 3g data stick. Going that route I think I would prefer data only on a net/notebook then on this.