The Reasons for Not Choosing iPhone

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IPhone is a new technology and a very cool device. It is said, the iphone even is three devices in one.

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It is more than just a phone. It combines a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device, even the iphone accessories, are the most advanced gadgets in the world. All that and more makes it the best phone you’ll ever use. And there are sayings the iphone's operating system is better than other operating system” back-and-forth that seems to comprise 80-85% of TechCrunch’s journalistic output (and – just before you get too smart-assy about it – a similar percentage of comments and page impressions).

But all those stories will have to wait. Because today I made a momentous decision and a quick glance at my contract of employment tells me that I’m legally obliged to share it with you.The three reasons why the iPhone won't see the success that some think it will. Feel free to disagree with me!

The first reason is its price. I am sure there will be some incentives to switch but overall the price will be a barrier to entry, but not to the early adopter crowd. The entry-model is $500; the mega-model is $600. This is not an iPod at $249. Can the average American (you know the ones who own an iPod) afford this? I think not. Walk down 43rd street in Manhattan from 5th ave to 6th ave. Ask every person with an iPod if they will get this device. I bet maybe 3% will say yes, and that's a very aggressive figure.

The second reason, locked to cingular. I am a Cingular customer. How many are not? Will you switch to get this phone? The answer is: some will, more won't. Assuming it is GSM, I am sure someone will hack an unlock code but many won't know how. What about those who recently signed deals with the other carriers? Will they spend the $200 or so to break their contracts? Doubt it! I can't wait to read the posts on Consumerist. They will go something like this "my wireless provider won't let me out for free because I want an iPhone."

The "Data Rate Plans" is the third reason for explaining this. The data rate plans will kill this phone. I hope Cingular gets their act together and becomes an industry leader with regards to data pricing but today it is absolute crap. I understand it gets WiFi but that's not available free everywhere! However, this device will use a lot of data when using the Cingular network. I think most of the average American can not afford $600 for a device and then another $30ish over their normal rate plan for some data.

It is only my own opinion. I suggest you make more comparison and consideration before buying an iphone.

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