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    Quote Originally Posted by hotskate View Post
    will this come out for Verizon?
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    i guess theres no ichat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteYfz View Post
    i guess theres no ichat?
    I haven't seen it mentioned, but there is no technical reason why not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteYfz View Post
    i would just get one , and unlock it, but then i cant have insurance on it. .which means i would be paying 600 for a new one.. which isnt happening.. unless you can buy it from the apple store and get apple care for it.. thats a diff story ...
    It wouldn't work. I think part of Apple's plan of teaming up with ONE provider is software features. Merging calls isn't necessarily gonna work on every provider. I think Cingular has done some hard work too to make the iPhone sing on their network. This won't be an unlockable phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snoslicer8 View Post
    I have a feeling that international versions, presumably unlocked, will be going for a premium to US buyers wanting to use on T-Mobile. At least, I assume that they (overseas versions) would be unlocked, since there is no Cingular partner overseas.
    I would be very surprised if apple didn't partner up with a european provider as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by yogi View Post
    It wouldn't work. I think part of Apple's plan of teaming up with ONE provider is software features. Merging calls isn't necessarily gonna work on every provider. I think Cingular has done some hard work too to make the iPhone sing on their network. This won't be an unlockable phone.
    this is true

    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41 View Post
    I would be very surprised if apple didn't partner up with a european provider as well

    me too

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    Watch out for Microsoft - they're never far behind a good idea... :spook:
    Oh gosh, the zune... :bomb:

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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41 View Post
    Cingular probably paid apple a lot of money for the exclusive rights to it, and they wouldn't demand to cripple the phone like verizon would. Sales will still be very high for a first generation specialty product, and apple will be doing very well with the money from cingular.
    Precisely.

    First, Apple had to team with someone to develop the software that will run many of the new features that will only be in the iPhone.

    Second, Apple is only trying to get 1% of the market over the next year. What percentage of the market is currently owned by smartphone-using Cingular customers? A lot of them are going to switch, I bet. Add the Cingular customers who finally have a reason to get a smartphone ... after all, the impetus for the smart phone was, "Why should I carry a phone & a PDA if I can just carry a phone?" Now it's "Why should I carry a smartphone and an iPod when I can just carry an iPhone?"

    I can already think of a dozen reasons why my company should buy me one. The ability to do presentations for customers on my telephone "screen" alone will increase sales and productivity. It would pay for itself the first time I used it.

    As for Verizon -- which is my current provider and I've been extremely happy for them -- they are always the slowest to adopt new technology. To their credit, a major reason for this is that they test new phones and equipment to be absolutely certain it will work in their network. Verizon is always the safe choice if you don't need to chase the latest-greatest.

    I'm unsure about Cingular; I've certainly heard more than my share of horror stories.

    The iPhone is a "probable" for me, pending a better warm-&-fuzzy regarding Cingular over the next six months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41 View Post
    The phone will be offered exclusively through Cingular in the US in June, and will come to Europe in Q4 2007, and Asia in 2008. A 4 GB model will be offered for $499 with a 2 year contract, and an 8 GB model will fetch $599 with similar contract provisions.
    Never mind. I don't want it THAT much. I was thinking $399 with contract...I could never justify $500+ to the wife for "a phone."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddG View Post
    Precisely.

    First, Apple had to team with someone to develop the software that will run many of the new features that will only be in the iPhone.

    Second, Apple is only trying to get 1% of the market over the next year. What percentage of the market is currently owned by smartphone-using Cingular customers? A lot of them are going to switch, I bet. Add the Cingular customers who finally have a reason to get a smartphone ... after all, the impetus for the smart phone was, "Why should I carry a phone & a PDA if I can just carry a phone?" Now it's "Why should I carry a smartphone and an iPod when I can just carry an iPhone?"

    I can already think of a dozen reasons why my company should buy me one. The ability to do presentations for customers on my telephone "screen" alone will increase sales and productivity. It would pay for itself the first time I used it.

    As for Verizon -- which is my current provider and I've been extremely happy for them -- they are always the slowest to adopt new technology. To their credit, a major reason for this is that they test new phones and equipment to be absolutely certain it will work in their network. Verizon is always the safe choice if you don't need to chase the latest-greatest.

    I'm unsure about Cingular; I've certainly heard more than my share of horror stories.

    The iPhone is a "probable" for me, pending a better warm-&-fuzzy regarding Cingular over the next six months.
    What I find interesting is that it appears that the primary software synchronization is provided by iTunes. That will never fly in the corporate world (or at least it shouldn't) where the lion's share of Smartphones are deployed. I'm certain this wasn't the target market to begin with, but most consumers (even the tech-loving, trendy ones) will be hard-pressed to change providers and/or shell out almost $600 for a Smartphone - even one that has an "integrated" iPod. It is interesting, nonetheless. My hope is that Apple will license the UI and SFF version of OS X to other phone makers. That would be the major cash cow (IMO). But knowing Apple's track record, they'd rather it crash and burn then to let another company build a phone around their software.

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    If a new iTunes comes out that can sync my iPhone with Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT, or whatever corporate contact system I'm using ... then I doubt anyone will care that it's called "iTunes" and can also be used to jam to tunes.

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    My best guess for Europe is Vodafone. They have the most countries under their arm (including Switzerland, yay, which is non-EU but has a huge Apple Mac Market share of over 10%).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddG View Post
    If a new iTunes comes out that can sync my iPhone with Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT, or whatever corporate contact system I'm using ... then I doubt anyone will care that it's called "iTunes" and can also be used to jam to tunes.
    Clearly you don't work in IT We get hung up over Weatherbug, let alone a fat app like iTunes. Internet-centric applications represent a security threat among other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Clearly you don't work in IT We get hung up over Weatherbug, let alone a fat app like iTunes. Internet-centric applications represent a security threat among other things.
    Not to mention some sort of new push email that people are going to work with their current email setup. And I'm convinced that weatherbug was made by Satan himself.

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    I have Cingular and hopefully I can upgrade to the iPhone when it comes out. But June??? Ugh. The wait!

    There was a post about how Cingular had the Razor first and now other providers have it. I bet if the demand and sales are there then other carriers will have it. Or I wouldnt be surprised if a 2nd Gen iPhone gets released later (maybe not long after) and more carriers get that. Who knows Cingular may be test. Just a thought. Who knows. I am still keeping my iPod!
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