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August 30, 2005

Fear It

Your world is about to get sleeker. Apple is bringing out an ipod cell phone. Someday, someone will write a history of mobile devices that explains why teeny-tiny cameras that focus worse than a midget after a bender were a more logical accompaniment for phones than music players, which many of us carry in our pockets anyway. And when that book is written, next week's unveiling of Apple's later market-mover will be lionized as the day sense returned to cell phone manufacturing. Unfortunately, it will also be known as the day we all switched to Cingular, even though their service totally sucks. But I guess you take the good with the bad. If my phone is going to reduced to a useless rectangle in my pocket, it may as well look like a present from the martians and hold my entire music library.

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Hahaha- "present from the martians." Awesome.

Posted by: TJ | Aug 30, 2005 10:45:59 AM

Maybe. But samsung has a new phone that packs a 3gig drive while the Apple device is set to have 1/3 to 1/4 that capacity.

Cell phone manufacturing is a complex business. Companies need to make phones that have features that carriers want i.e. features that increase their revenue, rather than features that consumers can use to avoid paying the carriers any more money. That's why you waited so long for an Apple phone. If a carrier is going to pay for part of the device, to get it into the hands of consumers, then they're going to want something in return. Apple however, isn't going to cut Cingular in on it's music store sales. So why should a carrier spend a ton of money helping to bring a device to market that's just going to cut them out of the game later. That's why the telecoms are starting their own terrible and expensive music download services. That way they can sell you the phone, the airtime, and the crappy song that you can't get off your phone thatnks to some DRM implementation.

The reverse is true of Apple's motivations. Why would Apple want to develop a phone product that doesn't give them any return later down the road? While the carrier that sells the device is raking in monthly fees and roaming charges, Apple has to sit back and collect a one time payment from the end user and hope that each person shells out $20-$30 a month, on top of their cellulalr service, for music. Sounds like a loser to me.

Posted by: Dan Berkman | Aug 30, 2005 10:58:12 AM

Bah. I just recently dropped $ I shouldn't have on a sweet little Motorola Razr. I'm not upgrading again for at least 18 months, maybe more.

Posted by: fiat lux | Aug 30, 2005 3:29:52 PM

I don't care about the music-download services. I just want a phone that has a gigantic battery, a gigantic disk, and ability to play music.

Posted by: Sandals | Aug 30, 2005 7:54:59 PM

I don't think the word "midget" adds much to this post.

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