i am pretty sure the entire globe knows the iPhone 4G preordering started today. i don’t think you can go on the internet without it being thrown in your face. let me first say–i <3 my iPhone, and it has been good to me. AT&T, however, has not. actually, i shouldn't really say it like that. AT&T has never created any problems for me... UNTIL today, and that was just the end of it for me. when i got my new job and moved down to charleston, i took my name off my mom's contract, and somehow they "transferred" it. i got a 2-year contract, and got my iPhone. TOTALLY exciting, because until then, i had never had a smart phone. love it. still love it. the only thing was, i wasn't eligible for the early upgrade because they did a "transfer" instead of a new account, despite the fact that i had a new 2-year contract. i have no idea how this works. anyway, to get the upgrade i decided to get the "family plan" which meant adding a second line, which WOULD be eligible for an upgrade, allowing me to get the iPhone for $99 instead of $399. ultimately, this was only $10 more a month with the second line. at the time, this seemed brilliant. now i realize i was just swindled out of $99, $53 extra a month for the past 12 months, and i had this super duper second line that i've never even used. actually, that phone doesn't even *work* anymore. nevertheless, i had my iPhone, unlimited data, unlimited text, and 550 monthly minutes. which is more than i use anyway. all for the TERRIBLE price of $123 a month. SOMEBODY PLEASE HIT ME. back to the 4G. i called at&t this morning and they told me that i can't preorder it over the phone because they have to swipe my card. WHY?! can't you just... type my stupid card number in? so, instead of eating, i went to the at&t store on my lunch break today to preorder my shiny new iPhone 4G. the line, as expected, was insane. i put my name on the list and stood there staring blankly for 20 minutes until some woman announced that only major credit cards would be accepted--again, WHAT? why? i asked the lady, and evidently someone used a debit card to do this earlier, screwed it up (no clue), and over drafted that person's bank account. o_0 i know, right? first, i was like, what does that have to do with the rest of us? that's not our fault they didn't have enough $ in their account. then, i was like, i don't have a major credit card... am i even going to be able to get an iPhone come the 24th? and will this require me to camp outside the damn at&t store with the other idiots? i mean, i've waited in parking lots for shiny new toys overnight before. i even waited at a mall for 4 hours when halo 3 came out (that one was awesome--free pizza, mountain dew, AND brownies!). it can be SO fun! but... for some reason... a lot (not ALL, just the Holier Than Thou types) of apple geeks are quite annoying. actually... a lot of geeks are quite annoying when their obsession consumes any and all conversation they are capable of having. i am NOT sitting outside the damn at&t store only to hear "OMG FACE TIME OMG OMG steve jobs i want to have your BAAAABIES!!!!" no, thank you. i love my iPhone, yes. but i am not one of THOSE. the internet is full of THOSE lately and it is SO annoying. THEIR IS A GIANT OIL SPILL AND A WAR GOING ON AND YOU PEOPLE ARE ARGUING OVER A SMART PHONE. ON THE INTERNET. need i say more?
since i couldn’t preorder the new one, i got back in my car and started thinking–i wonder how much verizon would cost me? why this thought didn’t hit me sooner, i will never know. i called up verizon, and talked to this lady named michelle. michelle, if you’re out there, I LOVE YOU. you just saved me… a lot of money. michelle informed me that not only could i keep my same phone number (HALLELUJAH, i had no idea you could do this! :cry: ), but also that the htc incredible phone is $50 off this week. and i get a $100 rebate. and instantly i saw shooting stars and unicorns and puppies, and i may have even cried a bit.
so… i preordered my new incredible. OVER THE FREAKING PHONE. WITH MY DEBIT CARD. the incredible is (understandably) on back order, so it will be arriving at my apartment in less than 1 month. happy birthday to me! i paid $250 this afternoon, and my $100 rebate is in the mail.
the only other obstacle in my way is the early termination fee from at&t. if you weren’t aware (i was just made aware, and i feel even more swindled), if you have more than 1 phone under your contract, you are obligated to pay a fee for EACH phone. which (under my contract agreement) means… $175 for both, minus $4/month for each month of your contract you’ve fulfilled, which is… bullshit. i can’t sugar coat that. it’s just bullshit. biggest waste of $190 i can think of. i’d rather buy a bucket of rocks for $190. maybe even spiders! i hate spiders!
upon arrival of the new phone, i am (grudgingly) paying the early termination fees with at&t, driving my happy ass to verizon, and activating my new droid. which is only costing me $70 a month. for the same effing terms.
being a lively advocate of linux and all things open source, i feel good about the switch. and my wallet. well, in a few months, at least.