Originally Posted by aegisdesign
It'll be a non-starter in Europe without prepaid not that the phone manufacturers ever get to decide that anyway. There have been a few phones available exclusively on one carrier or on contract initially on release here but must people just unlock them and stick PAYG sims in.
What's interesting if this report is true is that Apple aren't using an existing phone manufacturers such as HTC or FIC to build their phones. That means it's not an off the shelf design even at the basic hardware level.
It's also an interesting time in the phone OS world. The Symbian OS phones are switching to Symbian 9.x which breaks compatibility with previous Symbian phones and the new phones (Nokia N series, SE P990, M600...) are pretty buggy despite the OS improvements. I sent back my P990 as it was so unstable. Microsoft hasn't quite got there yet. Palm have split entirely from Access now so fuck knows what they'll do - Windows Mobile I guess. Linux QTopia has it's work cut out gaining traction as it's so expensive and now there's a really nice open source phone platform called OpenMoko with cheap handsets too.
So, even if Apple's iPhone 1.0 in January is lacking, it joins a whole industry of software that is also severely lacking. If they do an iPhone Nano candybar simple phone and an Apple OQO running OSX, I'll buy both. :-)
If Apple is going to offer phone music downloads, and other hi-band features, at least here in the States, and Canada, prepaid phone services which people only buy because they are cheap, won't work.
These services have nothing beyond basic services, and maybe just a bit more. But not enough to support what Apple would need.
I don't know how prepaid works over there, so I can't say.
But, ir's possible that Apple would start here first, as they did with the iPod, and later, iTunes, then, if sucessful, do the work to get it elsewhere.
But, I would only buy it if it had a mobile OS X on it. Otherwise I'm not willing to give up my Treo 700p.