And by the comment from CPW man below, it sounds like they have already stumbled at the first hurdle - no one even wants to buy the scabby iPhone courtesy of its excessive price tag and the greedy strategy of making it "exclusive" to a single network.
This has already backfired on Apple and it is alarming that their risk management teams didn't foresee the huge demand for unlocking, and the fact that it might, has and IS happening, losing vast amounts of the very one thing they were betting on with the "exclusive" contracts: profits.
The iPhone is quickly turning into a joke - it's the PS3 of the mobile world, only with technology that is as dated as it's overdue name.
There were warnings that the iPhone wouldn't sell well in Europe (lack of 3G and operator autonomy being two major drawbacks) - and it looks like this prediction has come true in the most farcically embarrassing way possible.
Plus, if you think all those people on the news were queuing up to buy an iPhone, you need to look more into PR. Most of them were probably employed by apple to sensationalise and make the iPhone look about a million times more popular than the failure it has already turned out to be - in the hope that sheep syndrome might catch on.
Apple should have studied Tesco's ethos on selling popular goods - no one wants to buy a flawed apple...
Well, this thing has certainly received gleaming reviews...
It should surely be marketed as an iPod with "mobile" features, rather than the other way around? But in saying that, it doesn't seem to do either particularly well.
Plus, some of the "positive" comments about the iPhone sound more like justification for buyers remorse rather than a genuine thumbs up... Is it easy to get a refund with the iPhone???
Plus a further kick to the balls is that the iPhone is digitally impotent (no 3G, texting clumsy, cannot install apps, etc), combined with an horrendously excessive price tag (esp. when you add up the total contract cost).
I can assure you that next year will see all of the big four cell manufacturers releasing similar models - and simply blowing Apple out of the water - most likely forcing them to un-exclusive their contract with O2.
The iPhone was designed for the "basic" American cellular market which is still stuck in 1990s technologies. In Europe and elsewhere, it will probably be about as successful as another American import - the Xbox - was in Japan...
Apple is famous for charging excessive amounts for their main bits of hardware, and even more for tha additional "add-ons" to maxmimise that products use. I think in the mobile market, they might find this strategy will backfire.
I work for Carphone Warehouse...
I have lost all faith in this iPhone, its an excellent device and would have purchased one if it wasn't for the HUGE PRICE TAG... CPW made such a BIG ISSUE about this iPhone, giving us false hopes about how busy our stores would be and how we are going to have HUGE queues of people waiting to purchase the iphone. Can you believe we opened at normal time today 9am and CLOSED our store to the public @ 3pm to change over a few posters changed one of the bays for iphones accessories reopened @ 6:02pm and served ALL OF 2 customers.
WHAT A BIG WASTE OF TIME.
Biggest mistake of Life bought unlocked U cannot update or send anything to another blutooth device except listen music through hesdset. No software nor avail nor expect it . Only ipod with 16mls color and cell worth 600$. I would like to donate to somebody as got fedup.It would take time and frustration for Apple to get Matured as Nokia SE as Google as learned a lesson not to go for GPhone.
The iphone has its advantages and limitations. I've used Nokia, Sony and others and they all have advantages and limitations. When you purchase an Apple product, (this being my first) I've noticed that you must purchase additional items to continue to upgrade the product or enhance it to continue its enjoyment. It's Apples way... Like it or not, it's how they make money. I got an iPhone as a gift. I had to change my contract, give up my discount, and was at first put off for all I had to do to use a phone. The bezel scratches easily, and applications are limited. Nevertheless, it's a good phone. By no way perfect, but by no way bad. Yes, the N95 and other phones have some better applications, but in the US the carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, etc have not improved their network to take full advantage of this. The iPhone is the first major phone to do what it can do with the network it was introduced with. In time I hope other networks will take note of this. Then perhaps I can use all the features on my N95 or some other phone I buy, not just a few. Take the phone for what it is. A phone that hopefully spark an entire new breed of products that will make the competition work harder, and networks work better at giving us,(the consumer) what we really want.
I have been reading lots of things pros, cons, anyway, what about the N95? is there any new model? man it has 5mp camera and all the stuff, i was about to buy iphone but all of a sudden saw the n95 geez!! =)
to trooper ,,thats wat i actually said did you read wrong post????I ve just come back from launch and there were 17 people there mostly women about 30 ish and a 50 year old plus me but others started to turn up as i left,i had a few minutes with it and he qwerty touch keypad is so biddy and on web browsing the colours bland and bleached out but there could be a contrast option dont know dont care..i not that daft to buy it,,its about one months free mortgage £269 plus another 18 months mortgage minus £35,, who does this steve jobs think he is ???
a big waste of time just a big hipe just like windows vista the batorey life is poor and its stolen from sony, lg , nokia
compared to Nokia N95 what features doesn`t have?
pls some1 tell `cos soon I`m getting N95 or iPhone.
i know I can`t send mp3 thru BT or set as ringtone and about app are there any free or I have to pay for every single one?
Question. Does this phone support COMPLETELY Bluetooth hands-free usage for Car? I mean without any headset at all?
If Brynn thinks that rubbish is true about 14 day exchange/return being set down in law then he should by one and try and return it 10 days latter. He will NOT get a refund or and exchange.
Quote directly from a UK trading standards leaflet:
You have no right to return fault-free unwanted goods if you change your mind."
Its that simple and anyone who says otherwise has no idea what they are talking about. Any return policy other than faulty inside 28 days is down to retailer to decide.
can you change the keyboard configuration on your Nokia via software update ?
"If you buy Nokia you are screwed with what you get at time of delivery, with Apple step by step you get all the upgrades as they become available"
Erm... b0llocks. I have just purchased a Nokia 6500c and you can get firmware updates via the connection manager software or online. I am assuming that if my phone had a mobile internet connection, I might even be able to update the firmware automatically.
So please, pull the other one.
No video recording
Unfriendly text input method
Big and Huge
Must use with two hands
No support 3rd party softwares
Stupid design (you called this PHONE?)
With true of all listed above and you called it your dream phone... Oh Dummy people, keep dreaming.
I'm not an apple hater but i really could find any good points of this phone with god damn high price with useless features.
Every time you use it, you don't have any chance to do anything else. I mean, you have to hold and use with both hands. What if you use in hurry situatioins...?
PIECE of CRAP ROCK
this phone has the best design ever. it takes mobile phone to a new level but fails a lot in important areas. the touch screen is nice but may become a nightmare when texting(mainly long msgs or when you are in a hurry). even simple dialing can be tricky if you are not used to using this phone. secondly, the camera is so disappointing. a 2 mega pixel without autofocus, flash and i do not even tell you about the zooming. this is no match to SE camera phones. amazingly there is no video mode in this phone. this phone is definitely not a smartphone as far as applications and office tools are concerned. there is no 3g ie no video call.
my opinion , the iphone makes a revolution in terms of design but it ends here. that's a shame really