I’m not here to tell u how wonderful iPhone 3G is (u can see for yourself here … I’m here to tell you how mean “Apple” could be sometimes >_> !
My brother went to Apple store in Boston to buy iphone3G.. We were so excited cause the price is amazing(199$),,, and we thought that it was a special offer in USA…
Unfortunately, to purchase and activate iPhone 3G, you need the following:
- Social security number
- Valid government-issued photo ID
- Current wireless account number and password or PIN (if you’re new to AT&T).
I was really disappointed to know that the iphone is locked to the carrier (AT&T in the U.S) and it will not work on another network. Also, we are required to enter a two year contract for service with AT&T ($175 to cancel)!!!! ---This company is eviler than (Al-Etisalat)
So, even if your in USA, you have to sign a contract with that network for 2 years !!! It actually turns out that the iPhone 3G is not more affordable than the firts-gen iPhone but it will even cost your 40 US dollars more in the long run. Those 40 US dollars sound nice for the added 3G and GPS ( if u really need GPS here in Saudi Arabia !)…Anyhow, I just wanted to show you that (as they say) we should always take Steve Jobs words with a pinch of salt !
I don’t think it’ll be soon offered in Saudi Arabia… and if they do, most probably it’ll be wickedly expensive (about 450 Euros in Europe ) However we only have to wait, cuz I’m pretty sure they will reduce the price --- I hope those gadget maniacs will not buy iPhone as soon as it arrives ,,,cuz if they do, I should forget about the reduced price :S
As for the black market… I think they have a lil chance to take advantage of this item ;)