What a difference 24 hours (or less) can make.
* I’m Phil.
* I’m a Mac user
* I’m around wireless networks virtually all the time (at work and at home).
* I love music and have it running non-stop...at work and at home
* I’m not an iPod owner
* I’m not an iPod Touch owner
* I miss not having music with me all the time, but I can easily take a break from it
In fact, I’ve not bought many of those things above because I’ve been waiting....and waiting...and waiting....for something that suits my needs and is all in one.
In short, I’ve been waiting for the iPhone.
But here’s the thing....
* I’m not one to make many phone calls
* I send the odd text or two when I’m not near a computer
* When I’m not near a computer, I rejoice at being away from my email
* I’m a prepay customer with Vodafone
In fact, I’ve been a big fan of Vodafone for a long time....even to the point that I’ve had furious arguments with those on other networks. I love Vodafone, but the reality is...I’m not much of a customer to them....and I’m probably never going to be.
I’ve not been waiting for a phone to match the network it sits on and the desire of that company for us to use their network for data. I’ve got my networks...I just wanted a system that combined all the things I wanted in one simple but stunning unit and integrated with my life, my computers and my music.
That’s what the iPhone meant, and means, to me.
The decison by Vodafone NZ to not offer the iPhone on prepay upsets me greatly. It shows that the reduction in costs that many will get when buying is because of the fact that you will be tied into creating revenue for these companies by other methods. In short, they'll get their money from you via plans.
But I would willingly pay more and not be subject to a plan...I have no need of one, and I object to the concept of having to pay monthly for a service I don’t intend to use.
It leaves me wondering what to do.
I leaves me wondering why (it would seem) that the iPhone will be available elsewhere on prepay, but not here.
It leaves me (sadly) thinking about what my alternatives are going to be.