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iPhone for the geeks

The trouble with owning a software company is that it is populated by people who love gadgets. The iPhone is officially arriving in Australia and, surprise surprise, many on the team with company phones are finding reasons why their current phone, less than a year old in most cases, cannot do the job any more. We have placed our first order for a batch and will see how they perform before we decide on any more.



  1. Be curious to get your feedback Mark…..


  2. Hope your not in a hurry. There are many people in my office keen to get one and most have been turned away disappointed. There is probably on several hundred iPhones available to all of Melbourne so good luck in getting one.


  3. Barry, One of our guys has had one for almost a year. he loves it. I think it’s too big, I want a phopne without feeling it in my pocket. however, I may be swayed. Mark


  4. Lesson to be learned here from Apple. People are lining up all over Australia to make sure they get this phone – because they have been told its in short supply. Apple have used the ‘short supply’ model for years. Remember the IPod was also ‘short’. Smart people these Apple people.

    If Mark were to say that he had a Tower package for sale cheap but that he only had 20 for sale he would sell the lot in 3 days. Amazing how the human mind works.


  5. I am suprised that people in the IT business are swooning over the iPhone, especially given its shortfalls. I would have though many woud be waiting for the soon to be released alternatives – or at least the next gen iPhone.

    HTC Diamond and the Sony Xperia look like the will be the closest released frontronners for alternatives to the iPhone. They’re both aimed a little more at business in comparison to the iPhone.


  6. spot on jarryd. the amount of restrictions imposed on the OS, big-brother style, are bemusing.
    # Bluetooth restricted to headsets only – you cannot even bluetooth a text file or photo! i can understand the mp3 restriction given apple wants itunes the only way in, but, come on…
    # No Vide Capture
    # Cant use handset as a modem – sometimes you need the laptop!
    # No ELF warranty – the only manufacturer on the market to do so
    # Once sim has been put in phone no other sim can be used in that phone; may cause problem with sim replacement.

    i won’t go on with those sorts of things though. what i will say is that, in time, i feel the iphone will end up slotting into the market segment that it was born to have – the fashion handset market. eventually businesses will get over it, and see the strengths that lie in other platforms. nokia just bought symbian, and are turning it over to open source. no secrets or restrictions. google’s open source handset might be stellar. even custom roms for WM are looking better right now, because there is a clear difference between ‘modding’ an OS to tune it the way you want, and ‘hacking’ an OS to add features that should otherwise have been available.

    at the end of the day though, i just need tactile response 🙂 so i will wait for the nokia dora to replace my current e65 and be happy.

    over 100 people were lining up at the elsternwick optus store on friday morning. after 3pm there were still 50. optus evidently has the best plans for the iphone so far. the irony of that is, before release, everybody was proclaiming that the iphone would “revolutionise pricing in the australian market”. and what did we end up with? optus plans that are actually still poorer value than 3’s standard plans.

    funny country we live in! =)


  7. Exactly Andrew,

    Ill add to that list;
    – No MMS …. yes I had to do a double take for that one too.
    – Very very limtied availability of 3rd party apps
    – No memory card slot
    – Camera is only 2MP
    – Still forcing people to use i-Tunes [shudder]

    Unfortunatly the iPhone hasn’t revolutionised anything (pricing or the phone itself). It doesn’t even set a high benchmark.

    3G data pricing in Australia is extortionate. With the data allowances on most plans you wold think we still live in the age of dial-up! Hopefully the influx of 3G phones we are likely to see in the next 12 months will spur on more competition between service providers … maybe.


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