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As of February, awareness of Apple Inc.'s iPhone device had spread to nearly 50 percent of U.S. consumers, with a significant chunk of those people expressing sincere interest in buying the device without having first seen one in person, a broad market survey has shown.

In order to determine just how strong the buzz around Apple's first mobile handset had grown, market research firm Harris Interactive in mid-February conducted a an online study with over 1,100 consumers from its multimillion member panel.

"Although iPhone is not yet a household word, 47 percent of respondents were aware of the product and a full 17 percent expressed interest in purchasing it, which makes for a pretty loud buzz from consumers for a product that isn't yet available," the firm said in reporting the results of the study on Thursday.

Perhaps one of the more interesting question asked of participants in the study was when they'd be willing to buy the Apple device. Of those expressing interest to purchase, 9 percent said they would buy the product during its initial launch and another 8 percent said they planned to pick one up before their current wireless service contract expired.

Another 17 percent claimed they would wait for their current wireless contract to expire before purchasing, which an additional 25 percent said would purchase it when their existing wireless carrier offers the iPhone. The remaining 40 percent or so said they'd be more comfortable purchasing the handset once its entry level $500 price tag came down.

Survey results showed the hottest iPhone feature was its large storage capacity with a 37 percent vote. That begs the question, said Harris, of whether the iPhone is better phone or simply a better iPod?

The next most desirable feature, according to the survey, was quad band worldwide capabilities with 36 percent vote. It was followed by the iPhone's "drop dead cool user interface" with 31 percent of the vote.

"Overall, high powered multi-functional mobile devices like the iPhone have strong appeal to about 31 percent of the marketplace," Harris wrote in its report. "The remainder does not need, or care to pay for, all those bells and whistles and seek simpler solutions."

The firm said it expects June to spur a "nice pop in iPhone sales" out of the gate and some additional subscribers lining up at AT&T/Cingular to switch their carrier and get their iPhone.

"Apple's new iPhone has shaken the industry to its core. Look for strong sales and a new cult to develop around iPhone," said Joseph Porus, Vice President of HarrisInteractive's Technology Practice. "Also expect increased orders for midnight oil as competitors scramble to play catch-up."
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My contract is up with Verizon at the end of May... I've had nothing but bad service from them.
I will be getting the iphone for me, my wife and my daughter as soon as it is available.

So there's 3.
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Sorry Apple, you won't be making a PENNY from me until you allow 3rd-party applications on the iPhone.

Apple, you have got to be absolutely crazy if you think I'm going to leave behind Pocket Quicken, FileMaker Pro, Vindigo, Dir Asst, SOHO Notes' Palm synchronization conduit, and all of my games -- all of which run beautifully on my Treo 650 and sync perfectly with my Mac.

The iPhone isn't a smartphone. It's a phone that plays music.

A real smartphone is the Treo.
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Imagine when Apple sells multiple iPhone models, some smaller and cheaper. Think how well THOSE will sell.

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The iPhone isn't a smartphone. It's a phone that plays music.

And does email, and browses the Web, and gets stocks and weather, and does maps and directions, and takes pictures, and gives slideshows, and runs TV shows and movies, and manages calendars and notes and contacts, and does visual voicemail, and plays games, and is expandable with more apps in future, and does it all more easily than anything before it, and has far more storage, a bigger screen, and a thinner form factor than most "smartphones"....

Apple's not crazy--they won't ask you to leave the suite of Treo apps you already rely on. They'll sell to customers like me who don't need those particular apps.
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Sorry Apple, you won't be making a PENNY from me until you allow 3rd-party applications on the iPhone.
[...], FileMaker Pro, [...]

And that wouldn't even be a third-party app...
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Sorry Apple, you won't be making a PENNY from me until you allow 3rd-party applications on the iPhone.

Apple, you have got to be absolutely crazy if you think I'm going to leave behind Pocket Quicken, FileMaker Pro, Vindigo, Dir Asst, SOHO Notes' Palm synchronization conduit, and all of my games -- all of which run beautifully on my Treo 650 and sync perfectly with my Mac.

The iPhone isn't a smartphone. It's a phone that plays music.

A real smartphone is the Treo.

Then stick with your Treo. (That was easy.)
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first of all, who hired harris to do this project? apple? the competition? you can word any questionaire to get the answers you want, to a high degree. common sense tells me that THAT amount of people willing to buy a product sight unseen is NOT realistic at all.
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My contract comes up in Oct. We will likely purchase at least 3 iPhones. Maybe 5 units. Who knows by the time they come ot with the drop in Flash memory pricing they may be offering 16 and 32 GB models instead of 4 and 8.


The key app for me is a full browser so that I can trade on line.
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I travel quite a bit around the New England area and can strongly urge prospective buyers to be very wary of Cingular service unless you live in the highly-populated areas like Cambridge or Boston itself. Once you get outside of the Rt 128/I95 belt Cingular's service goes downhill rapidly. The AT&T/Cingular merger hasn't really ever happened and as you drive from one area to another and jump from an AT&T or Cingular cell to the other carrier it just simply drops the call and then jumps back up to 5 bars after figuring out that you're in a new cell.

Verizon and Sprint have the best coverage in this area - it won't matter much to those people who don't have yards but if you live 10 miles west of Boston, forget Cingular... it is terrible.
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first of all, who hired harris to do this project? apple? the competition? you can word any questionaire to get the answers you want, to a high degree. common sense tells me that THAT amount of people willing to buy a product sight unseen is NOT realistic at all.

This isn't a "realistic" product though, I was designed using advanced alien technologies
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Sorry Apple, you won't be making a PENNY from me until you allow 3rd-party applications on the iPhone.

Apple, you have got to be absolutely crazy if you think I'm going to leave behind Pocket Quicken, FileMaker Pro, Vindigo, Dir Asst, SOHO Notes' Palm synchronization conduit, and all of my games -- all of which run beautifully on my Treo 650 and sync perfectly with my Mac.

scotty321, you have got to be absolutely crazy if you think Apple is going to leave 3rd party apps. At WWDC we will hear all about how developers can write apps, Apple will approve them and Apple will sell them through the iTunes store.

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The iPhone isn't a smartphone. It's a phone that plays music.

A real smartphone is the Treo.

Made by real smart folks like Ed Culligan and the folks at Palm.
They have been making real smart moves like selling off their software division.
Oh you mean Palm who has been promising a Linux based platform for 4 years now.
Sorry, but you are on a sinking ship and Ed is simply rearranging the deck chairs.
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Sorry Apple, you won't be making a PENNY from me until you allow 3rd-party applications on the iPhone.

Apple, you have got to be absolutely crazy if you think I'm going to leave behind Pocket Quicken, FileMaker Pro, Vindigo, Dir Asst, SOHO Notes' Palm synchronization conduit, and all of my games -- all of which run beautifully on my Treo 650 and sync perfectly with my Mac.

The iPhone isn't a smartphone. It's a phone that plays music.

A real smartphone is the Treo.

FileMaker is not a third-party app. So perhap it has a chance.

I think that you should relax. As the Treo is not for everybody neither is the iPhone. As far as I know, the iPhone is not or has never been catagorized by Apple as a 'smart phone'. And, "it's not a phone that plays music," as you so profondly proclaim!

And yes, you are absolutely correct when you say that Apple has "got to be absolutely crazy" if you don't get your way. So you are not totally wrong.

P.S. I too have a Treo which I can't wait to replace.
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Apple, you have got to be absolutely crazy if you think I'm going to leave behind Pocket Quicken, FileMaker Pro, Vindigo, Dir Asst, SOHO Notes' Palm synchronization conduit, and all of my games.

Gee. It sounds like you need a laptop really bad.
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SOHO Notes' Palm synchronization conduit...

The iPhone isn't a smartphone. It's a phone that plays music.

I don't foresee SOHO Notes' Pam sync conduit being ported to the iPhone. \

You do realize that the term "smartphone" is nothing more than a marketing term. The way Apple coined "PC" and then later shied away from it in order to differentiate the Mac from all the IBM clones. For the same reason, Apple will never call the iPhone a smartphone. Apple coined the term and initialism "PDA" to describe the Newton but will never again use that it to describe it's own products despite it clearly being a personal digital/data assistant.

I think Java widgets are going to abundant through the iTunes Store. Common ones like Flight Tracker, World Clock, Business and People will be free and other, more complex widgets will be had at a fee.
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My Treo is going to meet Mr. Sledge Hammer as soon as iPhone is released, and I can't wait.
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...all of which run beautifully on my Treo 650 and sync perfectly with my Mac.

The iPhone isn't a smartphone. It's a phone that plays music.

A real smartphone is the Treo.

Last time I sync'ed my Palm with my Mac, all my Asian contacts get garbled up because PalmOS doesn't support Unicode. Sync'ing contacts is a very basic functionality, and it didn't work.

I'm aware there are 3rd-party tools to remedy this problem, but I'd rather not go that route and make my digital life even more complicated. Too bad, because I really liked Palm before I ran into this problem.

Is it really so smart? Really?
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-snip- an additional 25 percent said would purchase it when their existing wireless carrier offers the iPhone. -snip-

Put me in this group.. Have been a customer of AT$T and Cingusuck in the past, and have no intention of EVER going back.. Would rather not have a cell phone than deal w/ those a$$holes...

Very happy with my T-Mobile service (using a Pearl now) .. Relatively affordable data service (unlimited) for email and tethering.. (tethering ... a feature the 1st gen iPhone seems to lack btw... another reason I will be waiting.)

I use my phones for years, and then hand them down to my relatives... Hell, my mom is still using my old Moto p280... My dad will prob. inherit the Pearl when the 2nd or 3rd gen iPhones support tethering and will work w/ my T-Mobile acct... Given how much use my phones get, and how much they usually cost (all my Motos have been unlocked models bought from suppliers other than cell phone companies) the iPhone price is ok for me..

Sigh... See you in 3 years(?) iPhone...


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I want an iPhone on day one, and so I'm thinking what the best way might be to assure that. Run down to the Apple store? Advance order from Apple? From Cingular? Attandance at WWDC? Apple Developer Hardware program? Any ideas?
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Sigh... See you in 3 years(?) iPhone...


jwd

How about 5 years? From everything I've read, that is most likely the contract length.

Why do people put their signature/initials at the end of posts when your name is off to the left of the post?
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My contract is up with Verizon at the end of May... I've had nothing but bad service from them.

To judge by the comments I read on the internet, AT&T (Cingular) may be no better than Verizon. But there's absolutely no question that Verizon's customer service (not to mention the performance of their network in the San Francisco Bay Area) is really awful.
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I want an iPhone on day one, and so I'm thinking what the best way might be to assure that. Run down to the Apple store? Advance order from Apple? From Cingular? Attandance at WWDC? Apple Developer Hardware program? Any ideas?

From what it seems the iPhone may not ship until later June, so you should probably just go on the Apple site, refreshing constantly, and pre-order it as soon as Steve Jobs announces you can.
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From what it seems the iPhone may not ship until later June, so you should probably just go on the Apple site, refreshing constantly, and pre-order it as soon as Steve Jobs announces you can.


With the way Cingular works I'm expecting hugh constraints at Cingular stores/resellers.

The Apple Store will be the best way to get ahold of an iPhone.

Remember, the phone is priced with contract so I don't think you can do an internet pre-order for the iPhone unless there is a way to signup online for the contract.
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Apple, you have got to be absolutely crazy if you think I'm going to leave behind Pocket Quicken, FileMaker Pro, Vindigo, Dir Asst, SOHO Notes' Palm synchronization conduit, and all of my games -- all of which run beautifully on my Treo 650 and sync perfectly with my Mac.

Scotty321, obvious limitations aside, you could publish FileMaker Pro to the web and access it through iPhone's browser.

Also, you might consider switching from Pocket Quicken to QuickBooks online and again access your financial information from the browser.

Like you, though, I'm going to wait awhile. It's better for the early-adopters to test it.
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Gee. It sounds like you need a laptop really bad.

Why is that so, if an existing PDA can do the job? There's a significant size and cost difference that way.
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Why do people put their signature/initials at the end of posts when your name is off to the left of the post?

Ask Jaddie.
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To judge by the comments I read on the internet, AT&T (Cingular) may be no better than Verizon. But there's absolutely no question that Verizon's customer service (not to mention the performance of their network in the San Francisco Bay Area) is really awful.

Reception quality is one of those things that vary by region, it just depends on the infrastructure and obstacles are in place. The last time I saw any numbers, all the players averaged a service level was less than 5% different from the norm, meaning that they are all very close together in reception quality, on average.
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The survey counteracted the initial knee-jerk FUD from all the typical places from Palm to MS to Therault, & many others who just rejected the iPhone out of hand, by showing that consumers do understand when an outstanding new product concept is shown.

The iPhone is hot for so many reasons that register with Consumers:

1. iPhone interface: Inconsitent, cluttered, interfaces some so small you can read/see them easily
2. End of Keyboards: Crazy non-standard keyboards that seem to have keys malfunction too often
3. Routine Sync w/Macs: Syncing without becoming a software wiz
4. Easy Web Access: Ability to easily get on the web w/WiFi & w/o a laptop
5. Accessing your Mac for various things other than sync will no doubt occur remotely
6. 3rd Party Apps: No question once Apple approves a new appl, it will be on iTunes and there will be lots of them.
7. Zoomable Self-Righting Screen: Instantly recodgnized for its value & long overdue.
8. Overall EASE OF USE: Perhaps most important of all
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As much as the iphone isn't a "smartphone" to me it is. I was all for iphone initally and still am but now I realize I'm not a power cell phone user, I don't need a full blown next generation ipod phone and internet in one.

- I barely use the net on phones for anything other than downloading a game, which I'm sure I will be able to do through itunes.
- I don't need special coverflow with tracks on the back
- i don't really need the huge screen

I just want more like an ipod nano blended into a phone, a 2 mega pixel camera is fine.

If apple catered to the average joe phone market they could make even more.
They could keep iphone cingular only and have iphone mini open to all providers.

Of course there is some razr out there that does that stuff but it's UI is horrible and I kinda hate motorola, I want to drink the kool-aid and give Jobs and Ive the money. And I'm sure they're design would kill the razr
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Let's just hope this can translate into that mythical target stock price of...what... $127?

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Let's just hope this can translate into that mythical target stock price of...what... $127?

I thought that was closer to $150 by now? I'm holding off until the analysts say it will double within the year. All of these promises of 50-75% increases over the next year just aren't high enough for me to replace lottery tickets in my savings plan...
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Finally, a poll that sounds like an actual slice of America and not people from Redmond, WA or people in federal prisons think ..
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I still can't imagine it being much of an email-intensive phone using the touch screen. Also, so far the only the only mail accounts it apparently supports are .Mac and Yahoo, so everyone else will have to rely on web-based mail.

Or much use to business users since it won't recognize any MSOffice documents (or PDF for that matter)...

I think if Apple had any plans to make it an open system for programs, document types, etc. they would have told developers by now so all the options would be visible at launch, so I reject the notion that it's just going to be a big surprise at launch that it's a useful business phone.
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I want the iPhone because I'm a teenager and my social status is based on all the cool shit I can fit in my pocket.

Seriously though, I do want the iPhone. I love the interface (night and day with my razr's); I'm happy with Cingular service in my area.

But most of all, with all pro's and con's aside this phone is cool as F@$%.
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everyone laughed at apple when the iPod was introduced. Who listens to walkmans anymore. They made a cool product that everyone wanted after their friends got one and discovered how easy it worked with iTunes . 100 million iPods and later people still can't believe what a huge success it was. This time with the iPhone, apple has an even bigger hit for two reasons. Everyone pretty much has a cell phone, but after the play with the iPhone they will switch. All we need is 5% and apple will sell 20 million easily. Secondly every person with an iPod will eventually replace them with an iPhone. It will take 10 years but they will, because they will want a better iPod that does everything that the iPhone will do. This is a no brainer. Apple stock is cheap right now.
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I'll be ditching my Sprint contract when the iPhone ships, as will my business associate and his wife, and probably our other associate. The device is revolutionary in the context of day to day usage. None of us can wait to get our hands on one.
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Also, so far the only the only mail accounts it apparently supports are .Mac and Yahoo, so everyone else will have to rely on web-based mail.

Where did you get that? Yahoo has setup a free push service for iPhone users but you can most certainly use any POP, IMAP, and Exchange via IMAP mail accounts in the iPhone's Mail.
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I'm going to have to wait for a while - a mountain of medical bills that have to be paid first.

The other reason I'm waiting is for other versions of the iPhone to show up. Far more storage will also allow me to use the iPhone to back up critical files when taking a business trip. I don't care if it is a HD or the 32 Gb FLASH chips starting to come out - I want that protection. (It also allows for a tax deduction!)

Looking at other apps I'll also need, a good currency exchange program (Currencies Converter is my current choice), a password protected listing for passwords I forget (like Splash ID), World Times, a good Memo pad and (hopefully) a minimal FileMaker that interfaces with the Mac's version.

I think it will also be interesting to see what Apple does with Widgets from the Mac. Because the iPhone uses OS X it may be that Widgets are added to the main menu, with only approved Widgets being allowed to be downloaded.

I believe that there will be more development on the iPhone the first year it is on the market than Apple spent in the 2.5 years getting it to market. We'll have some exciting options by then (especially with far more memory and Leopard selling very well) and that is about the time I hope to get one.
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it amazes me how many people post something that's already been said 5 posts earlier. please read before you write. that being said: cingular/att coverage is perfect in connecticut, never had a problem west of boston [cambridge, arlington, up to concord]

if you think a phone needs to run some dumbed down ms office to be smart... dumbed down isn't smart.

i agree with g5man, everyone who owns an ipod now will replace it eventually - with an iphone.
nobody wants to carry around 2 gadgets when one will do both + more.

sure i'll pick up an iPhone in a couple of years... once my 1st gen iPhone is getting old, and i want the new features coming as they always do - gps/higher res cam/video cam... i don't need to surf the web at fios speed on a phone, just check the weather and look up phone numbers. the iPhone will make other manufacturers [hello, moto?] think about the UI, improve the junk they've got now, and that will "turn the tech world on it's ear"... or somethin
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First off, i want to say this, since it hasn't been said yet. that it amazes me how many people post something that's already been said 5 posts earlier.



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i agree with g5man, everyone who owns an ipod now will replace it eventually - with an iphone. nobody wants to carry around 2 gadgets when one will do both + more.

Not gonna happen. I don't want to use my iPhone when I go running. I didn't get an iPod until the Mini came out because I wanted something small enough to strap to my arm.

MostI would have agreed with, but the 'everyone' qualifier is too absolute.
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post #40 of 68
This iPhone is just so great I'll buy one for myself, one for my mom another one for my niece.
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