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Will you buy the Apple iPhone in the UK on November 9th?

September 18, 2007
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iphoneThe news is officially out from Steve Jobs' mouth: the iPhone will be available in the UK from November 9th, 2007 and exclusively with O2 and Carphone Warehouse.

Congratulation to O2 and Carphone Warehouse ;-) for securing the deal.

It would be interesting to know how much O2 paid for this exclusivity and how this exclusivity will pay off with the recent iPhone unlocking and the iPod touch release.

In case you are still deciding whether or not to get the iPhone in the UK I have summarised a few points for you to consider that may help you to make up your mind.

The cost
£269 and a 18 month contract at (minimum) £35 / month.

What unique features does the iPhone have
+ a multi touch user interface
+ visual voicemail
+ Free Wifi at The Cloud hotspots (£12 / month normally)
+ high fashion status

What doesn't the iPhone have which is found on recent mobile phones
- 3G (the most recent high speed mobile data connection)
- Video recording
- Video calling
- MMS (picture messaging)
- A2DP (bluetooth stereo profile)
- MP3s as ringtone
- 3+ megapixel camera
- voice recording
- voice dialing
- copy and paste
- Macromedia flash support
- USB mass storage device usage
- saving images or files from browser
- bluetooth file transfer
- ability to delete individual text messages
- 3rd party application development (j2me, symbian, .net)
- bluetooth modem

I think you'll find the iPhone lacking if you are a mobile power user and used to the features listed above.

If on the other hand the priority for you is design, usability and top class support then the iPhone will be a good match.

PS The O2 "unlimited" data plan is limited to "1,500 internet pages per day". Whatever that means :-)



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