> iPhone OS 3.
Which isn't out of beta yet.
> Rokr S9 headphones, check.,
IIRC (the iphone I have hasn't left my desk in a while...) the iPhone has a stupid "barrel" infront of the actual jack so unless your headphones are apple ones or have a connector that'll fit through the barrel you need a little adaptor. Thankfully I can just plug my AudioTechnica headphones that have a fairly standard 90 degree jack straight into my n95. Apparently someone at Nokia realised that all these proprietary connectors for headphones are a real head ache for consumers that just want to plug in a decent set of headphones that doesn't make their ears ring...
> and your iGo 8 and TomTom mobile software are made redundant.
Redundant actually meaning "because apple don't want those applications on their platform they must be bad."
>Tethering is available with iPhone OS 3 as well
Not out of beta yet. It's good that it should finally appear but ... drum roll .. other *cheaper* phones have done it for ages.
> it wasn't available before at the behest of the operators.
Even if that's true, the bluetooth hardware and software on the iPhone are fairly awful. I seem to remember the GPS also not being so hot in the 3G version when it was initially released. Yes, apple products are plagued by the same faults that all other vendors have, shock horror!
> Did you pay outright for your phone? Really?
Maybe he did? How can you be sure either way?
> Didn't think so. In caps so you understand.
For future reference; Writing in caps doesn't make what you write any more correct.
> - YOUR PHONE SOULD HAVE COST YOU AT LEAST £300 BUT IT HAS BEEN
>SUBSIDISED BY YOUR OPERATOR. YOU WILL NOT "OWN" IT UNTIL
>YOU CONTRACT IS UP. There. Quite simple to understand.
Only Apple knows what it should have cost. Chances are it costs around the same to actually produce as most other phones,... I have a feeling the price of SIM-Free phones is magically inflated well above production cost + sensible profit margin to stop people buying high-end handsets and sticking PAYG sims in them. Hint; You can buy high-end-not-bootleg-sim-free handsets cheaply in Asia.
Also, with O2 at least, you can change your contract from an expensive ~50 quid/month contract (you initially need an expensive contract to get one of the better handsets) to a cheaper ~20 quid/month one halfway through the term of the contract. Which would sort of suggest to me that O2 have recouped the money for SUBSIDISED handsets long before the contract ends. Could it be that providing telephony services is actually very cheap and providers dangle shiny things that cost very little to them but seem expensive to you because inflated market prices to sucker you into dropping 50 quid a month for services that cost the provider pennies?
> Besides the Omnia and this LG is just another cheap Korean iPhone rip-off.
Yes, because things made in Korea are bad. Full stop. I hope the iPhone doesn't have any cheap Korean technology inside like a Samsung produced ARM processor, Samsung flash memory ... doh!
>When are you people going to accept that the iPhone is a success
>and that these guy's are merely trying to produce cheap knock-offs?
Well by that logic Innocenzo Manzetti's idea was a success and Apple is producing cheap knock-offs of his idea. Those cheeky barstewards!