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What is it about the new 3G iPhone that makes it so desirable? Scot Wingo was up a 4am in the morning to be 11th in line for his. David Suen was first in the queue at the Apple store in Regent Street, London but he didn’t queue. Suen won an auction on eBay for the bargain price of just ร‚ยฃ41.00 and the seller had the job of standing in line for eighteen hours to reserve his spot.

Of course it’s a great phone, not least because of the new Apple App store which enables you to download tools for everything from games, business, news, sports, health, reference, and travel. Top iPhone downloads for TameBay readers should of course be the eBay and PayPal apps.

It’s not been plain sailing for those clutching their new iPhones though, when they tried to activate them there was a meltdown with O2 and Apple’s servers unable to handle the traffic. In stores across the country people waiting up to two hours to try and get their new iPhones activated and many were sent home to activate the handsets from their own PCs only able to make emergency calls in the mean time.

I’m tempted by the new iPhone, but not enough to buy one. I’ll wait until I can at least get an iPhone on Vodafone with my existing telephone number and wait for the price to drop. After all, do I really need a phone that can do more than make calls?

10 Responses

  1. I have to say that I’m just not into the iPhone at all. I’ve had Windows Mobile devices since probably 2002. I got my first HTC in Feb 2005, and I feel like other than sliding your finger around, the iPhone did all the things my first HTC did in 2005.

    I got a newer HTC this year, and I still think it beats the iPhone. I get around it quickly (faster than most people on Blackberries), and I have a huge amount of apps available to me. It syncs excellently with my Windows computer and Outlook, and it’s just insanely easy to use. It also has a slide out keyboard, which I would find easier than an on-screen keyboard.

    So I just don’t get it. I feel like this is the greatest joke ever. I think that the newer HTCs, especially the ones copycatting iPhone style, are still better choices. I don’t like the iPhone style, but you can get it in Windows and Blackberry soon if you’d like. Then you can get it for any phone network here.

  2. my Brain hurts
    I use a phone to speak to people ๐Ÿ˜†
    and a computer to annoy people ๐Ÿ˜†

  3. You can use an Iphone with Vodafone ( Contact or PAYG ), I have been using one on Pay As you go for the past 4 months. It was cracked using http://www.ziphone.org They will have a crack for the 3g version very soon.
    You can also use Skype and MSN messenger on the iphone by installing the application http://www.fring.com

    I have found that I don’t need to take a lap top away with me any more if I go away for the weekend as I can do everything on the iphone now.

    I have not seen the eBay and PayPal apps yet, but so far they have had very poor reviews.

  4. Interesting – good to know that you can use it on Vodafone – are there any parts of the iPhone that don’t operate fully?

    I was waiting until Vodofone in Europe get the 3G iPhone and will then consider buying one

  5. All features of the iphone work with Vodafone, it’s the same as the iphones that o2 sell without the 18 month contract and heafty contract fee.
    I rarely use the Vodafone data network as I can use wifi in most places that I go to, you get to learn were the free hot spots are very quickly or sometimes you can piggyback on someone’s open connection.

    Vodafone do some OK charges for data now.
    https://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatch/Portal/appmanager/vodafone/wrp?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=template10&pageID=MI_0004

    If you forward all your emails to Google Gmail then you can save on data fees when using the edge or 3g network. You can set gmail up so that people think you are responding from your usual email address.

  6. Huh? Are you telling me that the iPhone can’t handle proper email accounts? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    I didn’t realise that – if it can’t handle a couple of pop3 accounts then suddenly it’s lost most of it’s appeal for me ๐Ÿ™

  7. The iphone can do pop3/imap and smtp, I prefer my nokia N95 personally though ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yes the iphone has pop3/imap and smtp which I do use but when I’m out and about I use Gmail as all the emails from my different accounts are forwarded to a single accounts.
    The simple reason for this is because it’s faster, this would be the same for whatever device you are using.
    You can set the reply function on gmail to whatever account you wish so the sender does not know that the reply has come from a gmail account.

  9. Not an iPhone fan – the touchscreen keyboard is an ugly design.

    Much prefer my Nokia E61i (aka Nokiaberry) which can deal with IMAP email (via Gmail), syncronises contacts and calendar with Google and Thunderbird (using GooSync and Zindus to glue it together), and has a great screen and proper keyboard.

    And there are lots of Series 60 apps available already.

    Oh and it has Wi-Fi – the best feature of all!

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