Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Apple's dirty little iPhone/iHype secret

MSNBC's Red Tape Chronicles came up with something rather disturbing for all of you who got suckered into the whole iPhone iHype.

It seems there's an additional cost for the BATTERY.

Anyone remember the iPod's dirty little secret about its battery? You know which one... where you have a finite number of times you can charge it up and then that's it, it's dead. And you can't swap batteries without breaking the seal. The whole thing was designed so that iPod addicts would have to buy more iPod devices once their batteries die.

Well guess what? The iPhone is just as bad!

"The iPhone battery will only survive about 300-400 recharges, the company says. Because the unit is sealed, consumers can't swap out dead batteries. Instead, dead phones must be sent to Apple, where battery replacement will take three business days and cost $79 plus a $6.95 shipping charge. Those who can't live without their cell phones for those three days can rent a spare iPhone for $29.

This pricey, and apparently inevitable, aftercharge never made it into any of the voluminous news stories written and filmed about the iPhone prior to its launch on June 29. Why not?

According to the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, Apple's Web site made no mention of the battery fee on the morning of June 29, when thousands of Apple faithful lined up all around the country to buy the phone, which costs $500 or $600, depending on model."

Worse yet, bloggers and MSM hacks who were ga-ga-ing over the iHype actually KNEW about this little "defect" AND SAID NOTHING, or worse yet they glossed over it.

Folks, we're not talking about a $30 music player here. We're talking about a SERIOUS $500-600 investment for the iHype ALONE. You can buy a low-level computer for that price. You can buy a Playstation 3 or an Xbox 360 for that price! And that's not covering the full service package and setup costs and everything else.

And all for an overhyped product that will spoil like the milk in your refrigerator.

If anything I'm disappointed with the bloggers for drinking the Apple Kool-Aid over the iHype. I can understand the MSM players for being essentially iHype whores, but the bloggers who joined in with it really need to rethink their game.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Why idiots and tech should never mix

They probably have emails that end with "@aol.com" too.