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Dohh! Sweden gets new iPhone 8 hours before US

July 11th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Consummation devoutly to be wished

Originally uploaded by wellohorld

This is soooo not fair!!

Bad enough that summertime Sweden gets way more daylight hours than we do, or that its population is loaded with Legolas-lookalikes — and now I discover that new iPhones just went on sale there three hours ago, at Swedish midnight, (Boston 6 p.m.)

Sadly, we moved back to the USA six months too soon.

Tags: Sweden · Wide wonderful world

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TA // Jul 11, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Nyaah nyaah nyaah. :)

    Says I, who am still using an ancient GSM handset (not to complicate the FRA’s all-important eavesdropping on my crossborder SMS to friends) and was soundly asleep at midnight.

    I suppose there might be some reason to get one of these newfangled Jesusphones, but I can’t quite figure out what it might be. Can they cook? Do laundry? Make my bed?

  • 2 Betsy Devine // Jul 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I too am waiting for chaos/hype to subside before pledging my troth to one of these beauties, who may not cook or do laundry but can do GPS, phone calls, and finding out what movies are playing in theaters nearby.

    BTW, the rumor here is that iTunes crashed yesterday because of all you Europeans!! First you bought iPhones before we got them and then you crashed iTunes before had the chance to! Of course this may just be one of those xenophobe ploys from Republicans, whose “bomb Iran” mantra hasn’t yet made them as popular as they hoped.

  • 3 TA // Jul 13, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Didn’t the rollout start in Asia? I say let’s blame Japanese techno-freaks! (To even hint that Apple’s management of iTune server traffic might be the real culprit would obviously be blasphemy).

    I can see how GPS could be a musthave feature for you (“Hm, let’s see, which country am I in today?”) but what might finally push me over the threshold would be some form of transparent, always-on-by-default, really strong encryption. Something like 2048 bit PGP of all messages (would probably require discrete hardware, but that’s just good for the semiconductor industry) and an anonymizing secure proxy cloud between the device and the web.

    (Can you tell I am as irritated about the FRA lunacy as most Swedes?)