A bunch of us SmugMuggers, Robert Scoble, and Kristopher & Thomas from Zooomr are here in Palo Alto on University Avenue waiting for our iPhones. Kevin Rose from digg was here for awhile, broadcasting, but I’m not sure if he’s gonna broadcast anymore tonight. Zooomr is, though, on ZooomrTV.
Come on by and say hi! 🙂
(We still don’t know if we can actually use the iPhones we’re gonna buy, but we’ll try our hardest.)
I’m so bummed. We’ve got our sleeping bags ready to go so we can get iPhones for the SmugMuggers. We even have SmugMuggers who flew in from out of town so they could join the party on University Avenue (click that link, it’s worth it). Like most companies, we have a corporate plan with AT&T so we can share minutes, save money, etc etc.
They won’t sell us iPhones. Not one phone, not twenty phones. For any price. At all. Neither will Apple.
Why on earth isn’t anyone covering this? Isn’t this a big deal to anyone but me? Yes, ok, I realize I’m coming across as a fanboy, but I’ve hated my mobile phone for decades now. I think there may finally be one that I don’t hate – only they don’t want to sell me one.
UPDATED 6/28/07 9:15am to answer some questions:
– No, this wasn’t some clueless rep at an AT&T store. I asked our AT&T business account rep, our Apple business account rep (we spent over $500k/year with Apple), and even some Apple VPs. They were very clear – if your account isn’t “personal responsibility” (you pay the bill, your Social is on the account), you’re outta luck.
– No, I’m not hoping to get business discounts on the phone. I’m fine paying full market rate. Heck, I’d even pay more. Just let me buy one for heaven’s sake! Better yet, let me buy them for my team!