Just an iPhonePosted by Richard on Friday, 11 July 2008
If you really must know, yes, I'm getting an iPhone. It was not a no-brainer until very recently, when Rogers/Fido offered a promotional 6 GB plan for $30 on top of a voice plan. Still not a no-brainer, because after some speculation, about whether my plan was eligible for the most coveted of mobile computing platforms, I called Fido today to find out if I'm eligible for that which must be worshiped and/or bitched about. The plan has nationwide Fido-to-Fido calling, necessary for calling the girl while we had our long distance relationship, my being in Vancouver and her being in Toronto; unlimited weekends and evenings; something called "Can. ID" (can someone enlighten me as to what that does?); and that's it for exactly 30 dollars a month. That last point is important because it qualifies me for the $249 8 GB iPhone, not the $199 8 GB iPhone, which comes with a plan of more than 30 dollars a month.
Added to my current plan are Caller ID and 50 monthly text messages. No voicemail for quite some time now: it was always quicker for me to call the person back and ask them what they were calling about then to listen to the message, find a pen to write down the number (which requires rewinding not being as fast a write as people are talkers) and forget to delete the message, then listen to my voicemail later on wondering if it was a new message or not. Visual Voicemail looks interesting, but I don't get enough phone calls to warrant paying for it. Forgetting to ask the helpful French-accented Fido representative if I could keep the add on features, I still assume the answer is yes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What am I going to do with the iPhone?
Re-document my world, using Drupal of course, since the phone has GPS and there are going to be all kinds of cool applications on it. (Drupal + Location is in currently in a state of flux and I already have some geolocation stuff happening on this site and am planning more.) And listen to music and watch videos. Not making or receiving many phone calls, I don't really care all that much about the phone part of the iPhone.
Could I have bought an unlocked N95 at a cool $600 from an unknown Craigslist posting?
Absolutely. The 3-year contract the Rogers/Fido alliance goes in the "cost" column, and at $400 maximum to exit and not anticipating a move outside Canada in the next 3 years, that's something I can handle. The N95 is nice, but I can't stand the complete lack of usability on the Series 60 operating system. Everything's a pain. Everything on the iPhone looks so smooth.
When am I getting it?
Not today, and likely not this weekend. I'll wait until next week when the rush dies down a little bit. People are saying that stock is low today as well.
Does that mean you, dear reader, should get an iPhone too?
You don't have to get an iPhone.
What about your existing iPod mini, GlobalSat DG-100 GPS logger and Nokia N70 cell phone?
I never got Internet sharing between a Series 60 phone (like my Nokia N70) working with my Mac, and now I don't have to! The iPod, GPS unit and N70 will get new lives for people that don't have an iPhone. Since I don't have the latter yet, it'll be a few months before I give them away.
It should work, did you get a position fix when you were in the plane on the ground first? Once it gets underway I think it's hard if it doesn't have a good initial fix. Did you get good altitude data? You should be able to plot it in Google Earth at least.
See GPS on a plane 2: San Francisco - Toronto - Ottawa
I believe this was right around the time of daylight savings switch over, which my computer did but the GPS unit didn't. Also, on one of the flight's legs, I dropped it, and it lost the position fix. At least I know that it works, and nobody on WestJet either noticed that there was a black device with a blinking light, or they knew what it was and didn't care.
That was one of the articles I read that made me think it was okay to try it. Thanks for reminding me about it!
Your GPS doesn't know anything about daylight savings time, it's always on GPS time. Talking about dropping it is funny - to get a fix at takeoff, since we can't have the trays down, I put it on my leg... but the DG-100 is smooth plastic and slides right off. This happened to me not once, but twice, on two different flights (you think I'd learn my lesson). Fell right down behind my seat. The guy behind me was like "what's this thing?" The Qstarz BT-Q1000 is much better for this since it has a rubberized bottom that doesn't slide like that.
The only time any of the flight staff have asked me about my little boxes with flashing lights is when I had the DG-100 plugged into my laptop to recharge it (ran out of battery power half-way over the Atlantic). I think they're trained to ask about anything plugged into a laptop as a peripheral. I told them it was a GPS and they came back later and told me it was fine.
Thanks for the info, Richard. I did a similar thing on takeoff, except I held it up close to the window.
I used this photo to adorn my blog post on getting the DG-100 working on my Mac.
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