Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
"Baloney" to this whole article. No one who wants an iPhone is going to let a few remaining issues get in their way. I went to an Apple Store just yesterday, and people are STILL LINING UP to buy the iPhone. Incredible! Fifteen minutes before the store opened, there were no less than 10 people wanting to purchase... that's staying power.
Also, the overly dramatic "wrecking" the industry nonsense is just that. Hype.
Two things here.
First is that when we were in England last week, we had problems getting a 3GS for our daughter. Out of stock at both O2 and CarWarehouse most of the time. Finally, Apple had it.
But this also points up something weird about the way some phones are distributed there, and maybe other places as well that has points detracted when compared to the US and AT&T.
When we went to O2, we found that not only were all the stores out of stock for several days, but that when they did get some stock in, it was done in a very strange way.
Here, when AT&T gets the phones in, you can get any type of plan you want that's being offered, or even a pay as you go method where you just buy the phone. Any phones there can go to any plan, or to pay as you go.
Not at O2, and CarWharehouse!
When they get phones in stock, they get phones designated for a particular plan. So they may get 20 phones for an 18 month plan, 6 phones for a monthly plan, and 8 phones for a pay as you go plan.
Each individual phone can only be sold with the plan that comes with THAT phone. If they run out of phones with their particular plan, then they can't sell the others with it.
We couldn't get an 18 month or monthly plan for out daughter as we didn't have a credit history there, and they will only sell the plans with a British bank issued debit card. It would have taken us longer to get one than our planned trip. So we decided to get a pay as you go plan. We could buy the phone with AmEx, and pay for the Bolt ons and Top Ups with Amex, or pounds. Again, strange!
But we couldn't find pay as you go phones. We ended up buying a sim from O2 that would work in an iPhone, but was not an iPhone sim, as those are only available WITH iPhones, and buying the phone at Apple. So we have to pay for WiFi and Data serves at £10 a month, in addition to the Top Up charges.
Apple thought that was strange too.
Oh well, at least she got her phone.
Now, as far as Apple "wreaking" the industry, I think too many people are reading too much into that.
He didn't mean that literally.
What he meant was that Apple changes some basic relationships between the phone manufacturers and the carriers, which they certainly did. He's not been the only writer to express that. In fact here, many people posting have said that very same thing with glee since the 3G and the store came out, and even before with the 2g model.
It's true. AT&T has granted Apple a great deal of power in the relationship that was never before given. Other carriers that carry the iPhone have also broken down those barriers that were set up.
Even Verizon is now talking about their having their own app store, though as is typical with Verizon, THEY want to control it. Still, that's a big break from the past for them.
Phone manufacturers have never before had the freedom to come out with so many features without first having to go through carrier vetting and approvals.