Boycott the iPhone?

July 1, 2008

After this I’ll try to stop dwelling on the iPhone.

In my last post I pointed to ruinediphone.com where apparently almost 20,000 people have signed.  Do I think this will make a difference?  Not really, but I signed anyway.

Why won’t it make a difference?  Because people are going to buy this device anyway.  It is cool, it is trendy, and people are going to “have to” have it.

The only problem with this though is that unlike other first world countries (and even many third world countries) Canada is behind in terms of wireless development and services.  The fact that only one carrier in Canada could even handle the iPhone meant that if Apple wanted to deliver here they had a weaker bargaining position, either they went with Rogers or they didn’t.  Now the consumers have that option, and I suspect that they will choose the same thing Apple did.  I hope they don’t, but I won’t be surprised if they do.

I don’t have a lot else to offer here except this: Don’t buy the iPhone.  When Rogers has no competition it means instead of voting with our feet we consumers must vote with our dollars.  Deny them the income from this device and the prices will come down.  Boycott the iPhone.

One comment

  1. I totally agree. I have been trying to spread the word around the web so that people would consider not falling into Rogers’ traps by buying an iPhone. Plus, I think it would be better (than the online petition I already signed) to have an organized protest in front of malls and Rogers stores to raise the awareness before and on the iPhone launch day. But I am not sure how to make that happen…or if one already exists.

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