Comments on: Bad idea of the day: A crippled iPhone http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: WHS http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/comment-page-1/#comment-1658 Mon, 18 May 2009 21:39:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/#comment-1658 It’s funny, I knew what was going to be in that link before I clicked it. Luddite that I am, I still use mine. You people might like your ultra-thin, ultra-versatile, ultra-expensive superphones, but I’ll take complete indestructibility and a two-week battery life, thanks.

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By: NE1 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/comment-page-1/#comment-1650 Mon, 18 May 2009 19:37:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/#comment-1650 Why is this a bad idea? The iPhone is a status symbol, and no one needs to know that you don’t really have one.

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By: KenG http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/comment-page-1/#comment-1649 Mon, 18 May 2009 18:29:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/#comment-1649 yes, it’s a very bad idea, but that’s what we should expect from ATT – bad ideas. I don’t know anyone who has a single user iphone account with ATT that pays less than $100/month, so reducing it by 10% isn’t going to attract a lot more customers who are scared off by the $1200 annual operating cost of the iphone. My guess is ATT floated this idea by Apple, which is a lot more adept at recognizing a bad idea, and leaked word out to the media, so that the negative feedback would get ATT to come to grips with reality.

If apple really wants the iphone to move to the next level of ubiquity, they will let their exclusive relationship with ATT expire, and start selling iphones that will work with any carrier. While the iphone has been an obvious success in the US, that has been in spite of ATT, not because of them.

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By: unwired http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/comment-page-1/#comment-1646 Mon, 18 May 2009 17:43:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/#comment-1646 A much softer and MUCH more appreciated price cut would be to do away with the ridiculous charge of $20 a month for unlimited text messages. I recently read that this breaks down to approximately $1500 per mb of traffic. This is one of the single greatest ripoffs from carriers.

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By: Alex R http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/comment-page-1/#comment-1643 Mon, 18 May 2009 16:49:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/#comment-1643 Does anyone remember the insane phone bills that people were getting when the iPhone first came out — usually for data service overseas or something like that? This was a huge stink for Apple & AT&T. Does a “limited service” iPhone mean that this sort of thing could start happening again?

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By: Frank http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/comment-page-1/#comment-1642 Mon, 18 May 2009 16:42:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/05/18/bad-idea-of-the-day-a-crippled-iphone/#comment-1642 This article makes no sense. There’s certainly nothing wrong with having a phone that the user doesn’t fully use. Just like GM vehicles with Onstar. Few GM owners subscribe to it simply because they don’t need it. Just like options on cars – why buy a high dollar car and not get all the available options – because the owners don’t need them. Silly reporters.

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