NOT SO FAST, JOBS
Not so fast, Jobs.
Does Apple make iPhone demonstration products available to business? I'd like to sign up as an iPhone developer but I can't find a way to acquire an iPhone without also purchasing an AT&T service contract.
My point is--how are corporate IT departments to evaluate the iPhone? Do they have to wait until somebody on the staff buys one, or does Apple provide loaner models? If it's the former, how much experimentation and testing is going to occur on an employee's personal phone?
Let's say we want to evaluate the iPhone and develop internal applications for our business. How can we get developer phones without also buying AT&T contracts? Also, the developers have to have Macs because you can't develop native iPhone apps without a Mac.
How about I just want to do an evaluation? Does corporate IT have to buy an iPhone, an AT&T contract, purchase a Mac, pay the corporate iPhone developer registration fee just to do some pilot projects? Let's say we find the iPhone unsuitable. Do we have to pay the phone service cancellation fee?
Jobs doesn't make it easy. And with Jobs, your options are take it or leave it, because it Jobs way or no way.
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