£659.99 for the 16Gb fruit? That's quite a markup ...
... considering that the black, unlocked, 16Gb fruitPhone on the desk beside me cost £510 direct from Apple (plus a tenner to have my stuff transferred to a microSIM, but even so ...)
A UK phone sales house has advertised white iPhone 4s, along with a cracking £919 price tag. As far as Apple's product range goes, the white iPhone 4 is somewhere between the Unicorn and the lost Ninth legion. We can't be sure if it's disappeared or never existed in the first place. expansys white iphone 4 However, if the …
Expansys' product manager must be a Costner fan and watched "Field of Dreams" a dozen or more times. "Build it and they will come..."
Or.. "List it and they will buy"
What's the allure of a white iPhone 4G anyway? You'll end up covering the heaven sent ivory case with some form of exterior case or skin thus hiding the hen's tooth of the mobile communications world.
Could it be the fact that you can perform the ultimate party trick by peeling back the protective cover/skin and revealing that you have a white iPhone? Pity the fool....
Okay, so you (Future You, FU) have gone back in time and are explaining it to your past self (PU), who's just recoiled at the thought of spending that much on a phone.
(FU) "But... but... it'll be world beating! It's got a screen that you touch rather than buttons! And 3G/HSDPA! And it can make like phone calls, but with VIDEO instead of just voice! It can even view PROPER internet pages rather than that cut down WAP-crap! And it plays videos and music and everything!"
(PU) "Oh, you got an HTC Hermes then? Christ, you were ripped off- they're only like £450 new!"
(FU) "Yes, but it's in 2011! So it's... well, faster. And white."
(PU)"Aren't these things supposed to get cheaper AND faster as time goes on?"
(FU)"Yeah, but no, but yeah..."
(PU)"Ha! Just like the current TV series! Let me just fire up my native Youtube client so I can find a clip..."
... I once tried to bought a iRiver MP3 player off them. They promised several times that "we sent it this morning" when they darn well knew they didn't. Oh, and did I mention they got rude when they realised that I knew they were lying and I politely asked for a refund? So your description is incomplete, and should say "bunch of rude thieving liars". Needless to say, I'm never using Expansys anymore.
I eventually managed to cancel my order and bought the same device on Amazon for a couple £ more, and it arrived within a couple of days.
And this is without a SIM, right? i.e. you got operator bills on top? No doubt plenty of halfwits will buy this.
Makes my 18-mo £34 quid a month HTC Desire HD contract look positively bargain basement. Even if I bought it a 32GB memory card.
That's £612 for the phone over 18 months. Oh and ALL calls (except 0845, etc), every text and all data, too. If someone can prove to El Reg they bought one of these off Expansys then they should get a special award.
(Special as in special needs, that is)
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