When Steve Jobs first announced the 2nd generation iPhone, and Rogers then announced that it would be coming to Canada, I wanted to buy one. As a matter of fact, if it had been available that day, I would likely have forgone the P.O. process and rushed right out to buy one.
However, lucklily I live in Canada, and in Canada we don’t get electronics day and date with those citizens who live two hours to my South, no we have to wait months, sometimes years (the original iPhone has still not made it to the frozen tundras of my home and native land).
In this case however that’s a good thing. It’s a little more than a month later, and the bloom is definately off that rose for me.
First off, I kind of hate my iPod, I have a grudging respect for what it can do, but I hate the fetishism of it. I hate its interface. I hate iTunes. I hate DRM’ed music. I hate the fact that if I want to free it I have to burn it to a CD. I hate the fact that the music is at 192kbs. I hate the fact that SOME music is DRM free, but not all of it. I the fact that I downloaded a movie from the just-released-in-Canada iTunes movie store a couple of weeks ago, and when it wouldn’t play properly on my Media Center (you know, the P4 with 1gb of RAM and a 128meg video card which apparently isn’t fast enough to play a full screen quicktime movie), and I then tried to play it on my laptop, I was told that I couldn’t play it on that device because I had tried to play it on another device…EVEN THOUGH I HAD ANOTHER 23.5 HOURS LEFT TO PLAY IT IN!!!). Even all of that isn’t the reason I’m not getting an iPhone.
This is. I’ll let you digest that.
Let me boil it down though:
“Right now Rogers thinks that the iPhone is such a compelling device that people will essentially pay anything to get one,” said PC Magazine’s Sascha Segan.
“They they’ll sign away their lives for three years, they’ll pay higher data rates than are charged on other devices because the iPhone is so incredibly sexy and so incredibly desired.”
The iPhone allows users to play music, watch movies, surf the Internet and manage personal information such as e-mails. Rogers has listed plans starting at $60 to $115 a month, requiring a three-year contract.
Right now I pay about $60.00 a month for my phone, with a normal data plan I can expect to pay more than $100.00. Even then I’ll probably have to cripple many of the cool features of the iPhone.
For the same price I could buy an HTC Touch with one of the good Bell data plans that costs about $10/month. The touch isn’t the phone I want, but I’m not going to be held hostage because the iPhone is purdy.