iPhone AT&T activationFunction: noun

  1. An iPhone you want to use with a SIM card from any other network provider than AT&T
  2. An iPhone you have activated through iTunes deciding to transfer your phone number from another provider. Useless for (at least) the first 24 hours (that’s what the customer support e-mail says).
  3. An iPhone using AT&T’s darn-slow EDGE network to browse the web.

Oh, and by the way: Sushi came up with some interesting calculations on wasting money while waiting for the iPhone.

Woot. Here’s the iPhone

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Welcome, iPhone.

(If you’ve never bought an Apple product: that’s actually the facial expression when you open the package and start using your new toy for the first time!)

I have to say: it’s damn sexy. It’s amazing. It’s just. Awesome!

A colleague of mine waited in line at the San Francisco Apple store since about 7:30am to get the iPhone and brought it back to the office. After playing with it for a while, we decided to drive to the nearby AT&T store to get another one (for another colleague). There were only a few people waiting (a lot less than in front of the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto) and they seemed to have a massive stock of iPhones there (we went there at 8pm).

I was so close to get one for myself, but unfortunately there are some disadvantages:

  • The 2-year AT&T contract (I’m leaving the US in a few months) — I know, that you could cancel the contact for $175, but read on…
  • There is absolutely no way you can use another SIM card in the iPhone at the moment than the one you activated through iTunes 7.3 — neither another US AT&T or T-Mobile card nor a German T-Mobile card.

So, no iPhone for myself, but at least I can play with those that are around in the office 😉

iPhone coming to the U.S. market in 4 days

OK, I’m pretty sure you all heard about that iPhone hype. It’s only sold with a 2-year AT&T Wireless (formerly known as Cingular) contract, but today I learned that the cancellation fee of the contract is “only” $175 (which is a steal if you sum up 24 months of paying $39.99 for the cheapest contract: $1,359.66 + 8.5% California sales tax = $1,475.23).

Call me crazy, but that’s really tempting.

I’m still not sure if I should really buy one, but you might find some live Apple or AT&T Palo Alto store pictures here on Friday… Also if I don’t find myself buying one I still might be able to play with the iPhone in the next days. $colleague rulez.