Why I won't be getting an iPhone just now

July 30, 2008, 5:35 pm

My interest in the new iPhone has never reached critical mass, but after finding out that I can get 15% off AT&T cell phone plans through my work, I started thinking again. The basic family plan, after discount, would be $100 per month, which is more than what we’re paying now ($60/month) but possibly worth it if the iPhone is as great as some say. But my interest tanked again when I saw the coverage map near my house:

The finger on the map is roughly where I live. The orange color indicates “good” coverage, which according to AT&T means that it “should be sufficient for on-street or in-the-open coverage, most in-vehicle coverage and possibly some in-building coverage”. If I stray over to the other side of our subdivision into the yellow, it’s only “moderate”. Most of where I live and work is no better than “good”.

Sorry: But if I’m going to drop $300 on the phone and $1200 per year on the service, I want a little better than being able to maybe-sort-of use the iPhone inside my house and only a relative degree of certainty I can use it at all, even standing out in the front yard.

It reinforces my conception that iPhones are for city folks and people who travel a lot, who make up a large and vocal portion of the pro-iPhone blogosphere and who don’t have to worry about whether they’ve got cell phone tower coverage in the first place. As for the rest of us, well, I don’t think the network is ready for us yet.

Or am I missing some important point here?

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