Who needs an iPhone?

我常常惊异于Apple(或者说乔布斯)颠倒黑白的能力,能将在市场表现得很弱的mac吹得似乎年年翻番。最近发布的iPhone,苹果(美国)页面说是 "Twice as fast. Half the price"。Twice as fast我们能理解,3G么,虽然这个3G电话连video call这样基本的功能都没有(不要说有几个人真的用video call,那么又有几个人在iphone上看YouTube?)。至于half the price,有人发现并非这样简单:

"In USA the iPhone 3G has an initial price of 199 US dollars plus you get to pay 30 US dollars for the 3G data plan, which is 10 US dollars more than the 2G data plan. So essentailly for 24 months the 10 US dollars premium amounts to a total of 240 US dollars. If we add to that the 199 US dollars initial price it actually turns out that the iPhone 3G is not more affordable than the firts-gen iPhone but it will even cost your 40 US dollars more in the long run."

而iPhone在英国(O2)的某些monthly plan下是免费的 (finally!)。我很奇怪Apple居然没说 "Twice as fast. Million times lower the price". 以前见到国内论坛讨论说iphone(第一代)也不算贵啊,其实他们总是没有理解买手机还要签合同的事情。不过如果算上非法使用的话,还真不算贵,前一阵8G的iPhone居然降到了169镑,比8G的iPod Touch(199镑)还便宜!猜想这是因为O2等手机运营商开始贴补iPhone了,看来Apple和运营商共享利润的时代就这样匆匆结束了。人们会认为这是一项愚蠢的行为(当然不降价也很愚蠢),因为买来iPhone并不需要当即在店里签合同,所需要做的只是拿回家里破解就行了,运营商的贴补岂不打了水漂,而且这样一来更是绝了iPod Touch的路。不过现在看来这样的“忧虑”可以免了,现在iPhone变得同其他手机一样,只有签了合同你才可以将iPhone从店里带走(是的,连pay as you go的机会都没有)。看来考验全世界黑客们(特别是中国的苹果迷们,因为第二代iPhone仍旧不会在中国上市)的时刻到了。

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3 Responses to Who needs an iPhone?

  1. TAO says:

    Apple就是一种准宗教。

  2. Zhenhua says:

    我们的黑客干这个最拿手了,很快china town就会有水货卖.

  3. Tom says:

    现在iphone已经不是在卖手机了, 其实是在卖服务了, 而且是套死你的服务, 摔都摔不掉
    不过破解之后, 我还是想叫人帮忙从米国带个来玩玩, 哈哈 

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