The secret is out. The Verizon iPhone 4 is going to be massively popular. Presale of the phone launched online last Thursday, practically overloaded Verizon’s servers, and sold out within a few hours. That pop sound you heard was third party cell phone accessories manufacturers opening champagne bottles to celebrate.
The champagne is definitely going to keep on flowing too. According to one survey done by uSamp, nearly 50% of Verizon’s current Blackberry and Android users said they were likely to switch to the iPhone. The same survey found that approximately 25% of current AT&T iPhone customers will switch to Verizon. Those are massive numbers.
In the interest of full disclosure, the sample size of the survey was extremely small (700 people). It leads one to believe that uSamp just went down to their local mall food court to find their survey subjects. But the part about the AT&T customers definitely falls in line with grumblings on the interwebs.
For the lucky few Verizon customers who managed to nab an iPhone on presale, they have started to arrive today. For everyone else, they go on sale in stores this Thursday. How long they actually stay on the shelves remains to be seen, but don’t expect them to collect any dust.
Charles Manson was caught with a cell phone last month for the second time. Being the criminal mastermind that he is, I’m shocked that prison officials found it at all. He was hiding it under his mattress. Inmates getting their hands on cell phones is becoming a huge problem for prison officials. They use them to organize criminal activities while behind bars.
With the proliferation of cell phones in jails, you have to figure that cell phone accessories like batteries and cell phone chargers are getting smuggle in as well. It paints a disturbing, if not comical picture of exactly how these items are making it behind the concrete walls of prisons around the country.
The problem has gotten so out of hand that at least one Senator is trying to get legislation passed that will make it a crime for an inmate to be in possession of a cell phone while in prison. Suggested punishments include an additional 5 years tacked onto a prison sentence and/or forfeiture of time already served.
Considering that these criminals are already shanking each other in the shower with sharpened tooth brushes, I doubt the new law will be much of a deterrent. These guys are prisoners after all. Clearly the thread of jail time didn’t have too much influence over their decision making process in the past.
Other lawmakers and prison officials have tried to pass legislation that would allow them to jam cell phone signals in jails, but the FCC determined that would be against the law, so that plan was killed before it ever got off the ground.
Just in case you were wondering who Manson was calling: late night infomercials. The ShamWow really comes in handy when you’re behind bars.
I guess not all people are aware that you can buy cell phone accessories online and save a grip of money versus buying them in a store. Those people are willing to go to some pretty creative lengths to build their own accessories. I’m talking prison inmate creative, which is the highest level of creativity next to MacGyver status.
A clever gentleman somewhere out in cyberspace decided that he didn’t want to spend $15 on a cell phone car mount for his car, so he built one himself out of office supplies. You can see the finished product below, and here’s a link for anyone interested in replicating his work.
I confess, this is extremely clever, I would think that the time it took to make it is worth more than what he spent making this contraption. But even I have to admit, if I was ever stranded on a desert island, I’d probably want this guy with me (provided there was a Staples on the island as well).
Its common knowledge that the instant you drive your new car off of the lot, it depreciates in value by several thousand dollars. That’s just the way things are. That really shouldn’t be the case with cell phones, but it seems that these days, the second you take your new phone out of the box it is already obsolete. Android has allowed phone technology to advance to the place it is today, but it is also why the shelf life of your phone is the shortest in the history of the cellular world.
I’ll use myself as an example. I got my Samsung Vibrant back in October. It was still just a couple of months old, and was by all accounts one of the best phone available on any carrier in the US. Three months later, it is being sold for free by T-Mobile on a 2 year contract in large part because the next generation Vibrant is expected to arrive in the next couple of months, running at 4G speeds with a few upgraded specs. By the time I’m eligible for an upgrade, my Vibrant will be the technological equivalent of a paperweight.
It wasn’t always this way. There was a time when the Motorola RZR was the best selling phone for 5 straight years. To put that into perspective, 5 years ago this was the best selling smartphone on the market.
Imagine if that was still the dominant phone technology today. No touch screen. No apps. The iPhone hadn’t even been released on the market yet.
When Google decided to make Android free to manufacturers, it allowed them to focus on the guts rather than the software. Not only did it cut down on the money it cost to develop a new phone, it made the rate at which phones could be churned out advance to breakneck speeds. That’s why we’ll see dozens of new HTC phones, Motorola phones and Samsung phones hit shelves at every major and minor cell phone carrier in the country this year. And its why your brand new cell phone already sucks.