Thursday, July 17, 2008

Still No iPhones in Brooklyn -- Blame the Aliens?

Following last Friday's iPhone tech mess, in which software problems temporarily prevented the activation of thousands of iPhones around the world, some bloggers apparently blamed the glitch not on Apple -- but on an alien invasion. A commenter called Corey C. says that the phones' failures were the byproduct of "alien infiltration of our technology."

The Bizzy Life thinks that iPods are aliene technology; the invasion is over, and the aliens have won: "Have we been conquered and we don’t even know it? Is Steve Jobs actually an evil war lord from the planet Apple. (Pod - iPod - is that just a coincidence?) "

Fear not. Marvin the Martian means no hard. He warns Earthlings (on his blog, of course) that iPhones are just "the latest brick in the wall of soulless 'me too!' consumerism."

Something -- aliens, whatever -- is certainly preventing iPhones from being sold in Brooklyn. All three AT&T stores are sold out. (Apple stores in Manhattan still have inventory.) According to CNBC, Apple has sold one million iPhones since Friday, and users have already downloaded more than 10 million applications from its new App Store -- apps like mobile versions of the New York Times, the Associated Press, and Bloomberg.

One you get a hold of an iPhone, and download your software, that still doesn't mean your phone will work everywhere in the city/north east. Pogue writes about AT&T's dead zones in the NY Times -- dead zones so big you can drive a truck through them.

They can't blames aliens for these, can they?

- Buying an iPhone in Brooklyn -- Good Luck
- Where to Buy an iPhone in Brooklyn: The List (from 2007, not 2008)
- iPhone Mania -- Hey, That's Brooklyn!

Photo by MK Metz


Marvin the Martian said...

LOL - thanks for the link! Interesting that iPhones are scarce there. Think of it this way - every moment that you wait to buy your little Apple gadget is another moment during which the price will drop because it's becoming more obsolete. As many early iPhone adopters found out last September, when Apple cut the price from $599 to $399 soon after its initial release.

And cellphones will become obsolete when you receive your brain implant, courtesy of the Greater Martian Co-Prosperity Sphere. ;-)

bj said...

I've been saying this for years. The Bush administration is trying to suppress it.

Anonymous said...

Marvin, you're failing to take into account the fact that the pricing structure for the new 3g phone is completely different from the original. I highly doubt a discount off the 199 2yr contract cost is going to be arriving in a few months.

Anonymous said...

Is that Earth years?