O2 tells Apple fans to talk to the hand
No Safari to iPhone land
Updated O2, who hold the UK exclusive on the iPhone, provides a useful online ordering tool for those looking to get the latest Apple hardware - as long as you're not using Apple's Safari browser.
Everyone else is most welcome: Firefox, Internet Explorer and even Opera Mobile can all connect and apply for a long-term contract. But poor sadsack Safari users are simply told that their browser won't support the appropriate "portlet":
Let that be a lesson to you, stop thinking different!
Perhaps O2 feels that anyone who's used Safari wouldn't want to risk buying an iPhone, so perhaps O2 is just pre-empting that decision.
Thanks to Francis Madeira for the tip. ®
Update: O2 has been on the blower to tell us that despite the fact that we observed the problem for more than half an hour it was, apparently, a "small window of maintenance" and everything is tickety boo now.
Perhaps next time the reporter could do a little homework and:
1.) Verify that the problem actually exists
2.) Do a tiny bit of digging to reveal what the issue is, and whether or not it ACTUALLY applies to that browser, since the message suggests that O2 are just sniffing for a browser that their code is incompatible with.
@AC It's all relative...
If you had cited Camino as better than Safari, I might have agreed, but not FireFox, not anymore - v3 is just too bloated for words, almost as bad as IE these days.
@ Anonymous Coward 16:49
That's the opposite to my experience. For some reason they couldn't activate my iPhone at the O2 on their Windows laptop so they got the MacBook and did it on there instead, because "it was just better".
I had this exact same problem yesterday in both Firefox and IE8. It was resolved within an hour or two.
Although that still doesn't make O2 look any better.