When John Canning showed us his iPhone a few weeks ago and explained that he bought it in Boston after walking by the AT&T store too many times, we were all surprised at his risk-taking. AT&T doesn’t provide service in Vermont and therefore we can’t get iPhones here and certainly can’t get an iPhone with an 802 area code. His has a Boston phone #.
You could tell he was in love with this phone. I had just gotten a Treo the day before so we were both showing off our phones to the small group we were with. I almost blogged about John’s without naming names of course, but didn’t want to get John in trouble. (Me, the paranoid rule-follower.)
So I had a good laugh today when I saw John’s picture on the home page of Burlington’s local paper, brandishing his iPhone. Hey, he outed himself; I had nothing to do with it. You can read about John and some of our wireless woes in the article.
So, I’m curious to see if (or is it “how quickly”) John gets his service cancelled. The whole notion of AT&T having exclusive access to the iPhone seems wrong anyway. I understand it as a competitive marketing advantage, but it doesn’t seem like good marketing to refuse entry to entire populations of your potential market. (Okay, i know Vermont is not a huge market, but…) I thought a key mantra for sales was about making it easy for people to give you money. But with the case of iPhones (it’s the iPhone that John covets, not the AT&T service) users have to be wiling to use em and lose em.
I love that one of the comments on the article that”Vermont needs to get its head out of the sand.” I don’t know how these things work, but did Vermont explicitly ban AT&T?
Oh, and I traded my Treo in for a Blackberry yesterday (with a GSM chip). More on that later…
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