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In the Loop: July 2, 2007 Archive

Minnesota iPhone tidbits

Posted at 11:24 AM on July 2, 2007 by Jeff Horwich (2 Comments)

Personally, I have zip-point-squat interest in the iPhone itself. I don't need a cell phone, nor at the moment do I need another computer/mp3 player/pda in my pocket. Especially not a $500 one. But the hype/buzz marketing/trashing of the iPhone is pretty intriguing.

(iPhone image from Reder via Collective Commons, modified by yours truly.)
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Thought I'd browse this morning for some Minnesota-related references to iPhone mania. According to MakeYouGoHmm.com (and if you can't trust a site named MakeYouGoHmm.com, who can you trust, really?) Minnesotans have been pretty demanding. As of 6 a.m. this morning, only 1 in 4 of the iPhone outlets in the state still had any in stock. (Only California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah did worse -- the last three states are sold out entirely. Sorry, Provo.)

Investment research guy Georges Yared took a trip to the Mall of America to spy on the Apple Store on Friday. He ran into some folks in line who were hoping to cash in on a scheme that came up on one of Leo Laporte's podcasts I was listening to the other day: Purchase an iPhone and it's associated AT&T two-year plan, cancel the plan, sell the phone on eBay.

Those creative Minnesotans seemed awful confident in talking to Georges, but they might not be so happy today. It turns out the iPhone comes with a hefty $175 fee for early termination of service. With iPhones not all that hard to get, it's tough to imagine recouping that on eBay. The 8 Gig model, which has been most popular, sells for $600. Those 8 GB models are going for about $760 on eBay right now. That means the grab and dump scheme nets you (drumroll....) a $15 loss.

It's the "invisible hand" at work. Ain't economics marvelous?

Finally, a blogger by the name of Large Fella on a Bike tells of winning an iPhone he didn't really want anyway from a radio contest somewhere in our fair state. All he had to do was know what you call a roasted Poblano pepper (doesn't everybody know that?).

Now that's the only reasonable way I can think of at the moment to get an iPhone.

Anybody out there got one of these things? How's it working out for you?

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