Europe too cynical for iPhone
Just as the uberphone gets some applications
iPhone sales around Europe have been disappointing, with the French only pocketing 30,000 in the first five days - though that's three times the number T-Mobile managed to shift in Germany. But that's not stopped Google releasing an optimised version of its mobile application suite specially designed for the finger-driven interface.
In the UK O2 won't say how many iPhones it's managed to sell. Our information is that fewer than 30,000 have been activated in Blighty, though apparently many more are waiting under the tree for a Christmas-day activation.
All this compares badly with the 270,000 sold in the USA in the first week, though some of that can be attributed to the delay in getting the technology across the Atlantic - giving the competition an additional five months to refine their offerings.
European customers are also more put off by the lack of 3G, a standard feature on handsets this side of the pond, and fear of being locked into a contract for longer than normal: 20 per cent of the iPhones sold by Orange were unlocked (French law required Orange to offer an unlocked version).
None of this is particularly bad for operators, who have more to fear from iTunes than from the iPhone, and iTunes is only a problem if the handset is very popular. So being associated with a cutting-edge device but without having to share much revenue with Apple will suit them fine.
Orange may have only sold 30,000 iPhones, but in doing so it gained almost 15,000 new customers (the rest were already with Orange or bought unlocked handsets), which is worth a lot more than selling a few handsets. ®
Ludicrous O2 charges
I have been using my iPhone since early December, accessing email via IMAP. My account just got barred for spending £323 over my monthly line rental this month. My O2 web 'Recent Charges' just shows the initial £36.16 charge, no breakdown of these charges. I am being told to pay £300 to reactivate the phone, with no basis for the claims. There was no call, email or SMS to tell me the phone was barred from further use.
This is hardly 'unlimited' use. I love the iPhone but I'm not impressed with O2.
If you've got an iphone, jailbreak it, and put on installer.app - there are absoutely LOADS of third party apps out there, the quality is improving every day, and this neat little program tells you when one of your installed programs has been updated - installs are an absolute breeze.
And as this forum has been mainly about MMS/SMS - there are a whole bunch of the 3rd party apps that cover this off!
"In fact, I have to wonder if most of these posts are Microsoft shills who get paid to trash Apple."
Really. What does it pay? How often are we paid? Do we have to do an annual appraisal?