iPhoneMeme: where’s the family plan?

OK, back to TechMeme, er, I mean, iPhoneMeme. It’s all iPhone all week long. Deal with it John Dvorak. You should have taken that trip to Antarctica that you were thinking about. That might be the only place to avoid iPhoneHype this week.

But, I am interested in this. I have a family of three people. Two of whom are going to get a new cell phone. My son has been saving up his allowance money and doing extra work here and there to save up his $600. He already has a cell phone that I pay for. It’s already on AT&T. I have no idea if I’ll have to pay a cancellation fee for that or not when Patrick gets his iPhone.

Maryam is tired of her TMobile service. It doesn’t work in Half Moon Bay very well. AT&T works just great. I have a full set of bars inside the house here where her TMobile phone doesn’t even work at home. Very frustrating.

So, I read all the posts about iPhone service plans and I see nothing about any discounts for families who’ll have two or three iPhones running (I probably will end up getting an iPhone too if this thing even comes close to matching 1/10th the hype). This is gonna be one expensive thing to get for all three of us. The Apple press release says numbers can be moved over from existing AT&T accounts, though. That’s good, I wonder if there’ll be a fee to do that?

Anyway, see ya in line at the Palo Alto Apple store on Thursday sometime. Hopefully I can find a power outlet.

127 thoughts on “iPhoneMeme: where’s the family plan?

  1. As sexy as the phone is, its way too much money for a cell-phone/ipod. I don’t consider it a browser, because I don’t live in a wired city with WiFi at every corner and surfing the “real internet” on an EDGE connection is like passing a kidney stone. I’ll wait for 3G release and $100+ price drop, in about 2 years (unless the rumors are true about the European version being 3G in which case eBay may be the way to go). BTW, the only place most people have wireless is at home and at the office, um, where they already have a computer with 17″+ screen and a *real* browser and mail client. Oh and good luck trying to POP or IMAP through your corporate firewall.

  2. As sexy as the phone is, its way too much money for a cell-phone/ipod. I don’t consider it a browser, because I don’t live in a wired city with WiFi at every corner and surfing the “real internet” on an EDGE connection is like passing a kidney stone. I’ll wait for 3G release and $100+ price drop, in about 2 years (unless the rumors are true about the European version being 3G in which case eBay may be the way to go). BTW, the only place most people have wireless is at home and at the office, um, where they already have a computer with 17″+ screen and a *real* browser and mail client. Oh and good luck trying to POP or IMAP through your corporate firewall.

  3. T Man – too harsh…we all spoil our kids in different ways. And he has been saving money for this. As I mentioned above my two kids want individual copies of Harry Potter book 7, want to see movie at least twice etc. With their friends. I wish they had saved us some money for that.

    I tell my kids I used to have 2 toys growing up – one that broke in half. And they refuse to believe me. Different generation – but what the heck. Kids are meant to be spoilt. Small price for the joy – and heatburn – they bring…

  4. T Man – too harsh…we all spoil our kids in different ways. And he has been saving money for this. As I mentioned above my two kids want individual copies of Harry Potter book 7, want to see movie at least twice etc. With their friends. I wish they had saved us some money for that.

    I tell my kids I used to have 2 toys growing up – one that broke in half. And they refuse to believe me. Different generation – but what the heck. Kids are meant to be spoilt. Small price for the joy – and heatburn – they bring…

  5. @61 I think I know what you mean, but kinda mind twister…

    “In fact, I used to walk 5 miles to school, in ice, uphill BOTH ways”

    BOTH ways? You must be going higher and higher everyday…

  6. @61 I think I know what you mean, but kinda mind twister…

    “In fact, I used to walk 5 miles to school, in ice, uphill BOTH ways”

    BOTH ways? You must be going higher and higher everyday…

  7. Robert, in response to your post 57, thats a cop out and you know it. You just don’t want to discipline him, because you know he’ll give you sh*t about it, and will succumb to the peer pressures of his “friends” that have iPhones, Louis Vuitton, etc.

    Character does not come from a device. It comes from inside. As a youngster, the iPhone will not improve his life. Be careful when you say that he shouldn’t be chasing girls. Dealing with a device doesn’t give you the social skills that he will need later in life, but you can bet that chasing girls actually will.

    I agree with being happy that he is keeping away from drugs. However, with or without the iPhone, he should be avoiding that anyway, so using this reasoning is simply not good enough.

    Not to sound old or irrelevant, but I didn’t have nearly as much as kids have these days. No cell phones or devices outside of the Walkman. No laptops. No texting. How did I survive? In fact, I used to walk 5 miles to school, in ice, uphill BOTH ways. Our phones consisted of a tin cup and string. Music was played on big round black disks.

  8. Robert, in response to your post 57, thats a cop out and you know it. You just don’t want to discipline him, because you know he’ll give you sh*t about it, and will succumb to the peer pressures of his “friends” that have iPhones, Louis Vuitton, etc.

    Character does not come from a device. It comes from inside. As a youngster, the iPhone will not improve his life. Be careful when you say that he shouldn’t be chasing girls. Dealing with a device doesn’t give you the social skills that he will need later in life, but you can bet that chasing girls actually will.

    I agree with being happy that he is keeping away from drugs. However, with or without the iPhone, he should be avoiding that anyway, so using this reasoning is simply not good enough.

    Not to sound old or irrelevant, but I didn’t have nearly as much as kids have these days. No cell phones or devices outside of the Walkman. No laptops. No texting. How did I survive? In fact, I used to walk 5 miles to school, in ice, uphill BOTH ways. Our phones consisted of a tin cup and string. Music was played on big round black disks.

  9. If your kid is realizing his goal of owning an iPhone – more power to him!

    He’s going to learn a lesson himself; either it was a great idea and can do something if he puts his mind to it – or it was a mistake, but not the end of the world and he’ll be wiser for it. Don’t listen to the dream smashers!

    I hope he enjoys the fruits of his labors. You are right to be proud of him.

    Rock on!

  10. If your kid is realizing his goal of owning an iPhone – more power to him!

    He’s going to learn a lesson himself; either it was a great idea and can do something if he puts his mind to it – or it was a mistake, but not the end of the world and he’ll be wiser for it. Don’t listen to the dream smashers!

    I hope he enjoys the fruits of his labors. You are right to be proud of him.

    Rock on!

  11. Oh, and by the way, this is a kid that has all A’s on his report card, can hold down a conversation and be respectful with tech leaders from around the world, and who has a love for life and love of learning. So he wants a few expensive things to improve his life and is willing to work and save up for them. I’m not going to stand in his way. Other hids his age are starting to get into drugs or chasing girls. I’ll take a few expensive gadgets over that kind of behavior any day of the week.

  12. Oh, and by the way, this is a kid that has all A’s on his report card, can hold down a conversation and be respectful with tech leaders from around the world, and who has a love for life and love of learning. So he wants a few expensive things to improve his life and is willing to work and save up for them. I’m not going to stand in his way. Other hids his age are starting to get into drugs or chasing girls. I’ll take a few expensive gadgets over that kind of behavior any day of the week.

  13. 13 year old kids should not be walking around with 600 dollar phones. You should teach him something about priorities in life.

  14. 13 year old kids should not be walking around with 600 dollar phones. You should teach him something about priorities in life.

  15. iPhonememe he he..i like that.

    Its incredible that Apple is able to generate buzz from the bloggers, by basically ignoring them. It set the conversation tone with reviews from the leaders, but did not really bother to send out a iPhone to any of the big “gadget” blog.
    Microsoft tried this with Ferrari laptop and it didn’t end up looking so good.
    Did any of the bloggers receive an iPhone to play with ?

  16. iPhonememe he he..i like that.

    Its incredible that Apple is able to generate buzz from the bloggers, by basically ignoring them. It set the conversation tone with reviews from the leaders, but did not really bother to send out a iPhone to any of the big “gadget” blog.
    Microsoft tried this with Ferrari laptop and it didn’t end up looking so good.
    Did any of the bloggers receive an iPhone to play with ?

  17. Robert, you should really talk out your little son of spending all his money (jeez, $600) for THE phone.

    Does he already have copies of all volumes of Proust’s recherche? some Criterion dvds?, or something?

    We dig Apple stuff as much as anybody, but you have to get the priorities right, okay?

  18. Robert, you should really talk out your little son of spending all his money (jeez, $600) for THE phone.

    Does he already have copies of all volumes of Proust’s recherche? some Criterion dvds?, or something?

    We dig Apple stuff as much as anybody, but you have to get the priorities right, okay?

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