On 18 Mar 2010, at 17:25, John P. Looney wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM, Gary Pigott <ilug at garypigott.net> wrote:
> True, but the iPhone is an iPod, which is universally (amongst everyone else anyway) the benchmark for media players. I read ebooks using Stanza, which is an imense reader application. You can buy ebooks or sync your own to it OTA. The camera is crap. I'll concede on that one, but everything else is either the standard to which everything else is compared or bloody close. Even the 3G signal reception is far better than anything Nokia or Sony Ericsson are capable of. And the best of all is that it cost me nothing. Mine is getting on to a year old at this stage and I still don't see anything to replace it with except another one. I certainly can't justify spending €400 on a Nexus One when the iPhone 3GS is free.
>> I never thought I'd hear an ILUG member describe an iPhone as 'free' in any sense of the word.
There's certainly bugger all free as in speech about the iPhone, but it can be free as in beer, from the POV of your wallet. Certainly when you get an iPhone 'free' on contract, you're paying for the phone over the life of the contract. But if you bring your own phone to the party, you won't get a discount on the same calling plan - but at least they'll have the decency to not insist it's on an 18 month contract.
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