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SHREWSBURY – How many times have we been told the same old story…that the Apple iPhone for Verizon is just around the corner. I know the rumors usually start about this time of year, in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, but as yet they just haven’t ever come true.
It’s almost as though this silly telephone has become the holy grail for the huge majority of us who just can’t relegate ourselves to the fact that TMobile coverage in the Shrewsbury area is just not up to par. Now this time it seemed as though the rumors might be a bit more substantiated, to the point where companies have gone as far as to downgrade Motorola on the rumors of the Verizon iPhone, and others have implied that the prototypes are well beyond the development phase, and now in final testing phase before building the millions of units needed to satisfy what will obviously be overwhelming demand.
Wondering what the companies official position was, I stopped into the Verizon store in Shrewsbury today, and asked the sales folks what they knew. No surprise, the answer was nothing. According to one nice sales person there, he said they the people that work for Verizon are always the last to know.
The real question is why this “quest” even exists? I mean I have a blackberry that I love, an better camera than that in any phone, and an iPod sitting on the kitchen counter that I don’t even use, so why have I convinced myself that the world as I know it will change when I get my iPhone.
I suppose it’s more the lust for something you’re told that you can’t have, than anything else. I mean after all, the iPhone 4 users that were the early adopters were the same ones that had faulty antenna’s only to be told by Apple not to “hold the phone a certain way” while they were talking on it, or they’d drop the call.
A totally separate phenomena, I presume, is how the rest of the cell phone industry has created this whole race of iPhone wannabe’s. I spent a bit of time at the Shrewsbury Verizon store checking out the Droid’s, the Samsung etc., and all they can talk about is how it compares to an iPhone, why it’s better etc.. The Droid looked really tempting, especially being able to talk to the phone and ask it to locate the nearest italian restaurant, which it did, on a map, with a full review. It was very, very cool, and I was nearly sold on it until I was told that I couldn’t synch it with Apple Mail.
So, the wait for the holy grail of cellular technology continues, and now it seems it’s just a matter of time….or so we’re told…