Valid points...each person has their own opinions/priorties. To follow up...
Originally Posted by wizard69
as such devices become more popular you can expect alternative billing plans.
True, but I still expect we'd get screwed having to have a data plan for your phone and your internet device.
I'm not at all sure where this idea cAme from but if thing are setup right there is no issue. In my case I use @mac.com and it works perfectly fine with my MBP and iPhone. They are kept in sync and I can reference mail on either machine.
And now add another $99/year for a MobileMe account? Oh great, more cost! Not everyone will have MobileMe, and I don't see any carriers offering any equivalent solution as part of your monthly service.
Putting more functionality in place does not imply a bigger device. What it does imply is fewer devices. This is a key point and is one of the reasons I'd like to see FM in the iPhone, it means one less device to keep track of.
Funny I thought iPhone was to small as it is.
To each is own. You want FM, I want a bigger screen for a mobile itnernet device. But for a phone I want something small enough and robust enough to leave in my pocket when I sit down. I laugh when I go out with my friends and they all have to take their iPhones and Blackberry's out of their pockets and put them on the table before they sit down. I wonder how many iPhones are lost because people set them down and then forget them?
I still don't know what is up with the one account thing. Since one can do this with an IPhone and a MBP already what you are asking for is possible and already here.
Again, I expect you are always going to have to pay more to have two devices on the carrier's network, no matter how creative they get with their packages. Do you have a router at home? Why not just get a seperate modem for each of your computers? Because it would be silly to duplicate the functionality for each computer, that's why! Why do you want two radios having to keep in contact with the cell network? You are drawing twice the power and taking up more network bandwidth with two devices having to check for messages, sync info, and even the extra protocol overhead.
And then what if you have more than two devices? A phone, a touch-type device, and some other as-yet uninvented device that can't be integrated into the touch? Or maybe just a regular laptop? Now you want three radios? Why can't your phone simply act as a wireless network modem/router for your personal area network instead of each device having to maintain a connection to the carrier's cell network. (In fact, didn't Apple or someone have a patent several years ago for a personal area network?)
the problem is most of us like what comes on the current iPhone. Taking away features or adding a low end model won't lead to lots of sales. I just don't see the industry or consummers going backwards here.
Hm, yes, and it would make no sense for Apple to offer the Mac mini. After all, it's going "backwards" to offer such a limited machine!
Apple is too narrowly focused on their entire product matrix. For the volume of business they do, they could easily add more options (on both the Mac and iPhone product lines) and have little if any impact to their overall operating efficiency.
I think you are confused about how e-mail works.
I know exactly how email works, but please note that I never said email. I said "message". I purposely left it generic, but should have pointed that out. So it could be email, instant message, text message, MMS, etc. You are correct, IMAP email can sync to multiple clients, but what about those other messages? Unless you are going to ask every wireless carrier to re-engineer their backend services to make those other message formats operate in the cloud, replies to those messages are only going to go back to the device (based on phone number or whatever) the orginal message came from.
Either of our methods are technically feasible, but I personally would prefer to only have to worry about a single connection to the network. Just like my cable modem at home, why do I need multiple network connections for my mobile devices? And most importantly, I no longer have to have every device approved or sold to me by the carrier. This more than anything hurts innovation. The carriers have had a stranglehold on phones (until the iPhone). I pay the cable company for my home internet. What devices and how many I put on my home network on my side of their modem is my business. I'd like the same model for cell networks.
All to get that one device per person goal meet.
Tell that to my friend whose mother gave her a combination toaster oven/toaster/steamer/rice cooker/fryer. And no, I am not making that up. Basically, the thing should have only been sold to pyromaniacs and arsonsist because it was a severe fire hazard (and sucked at all of it's supposed intended functions).