Go check out my new article entitled “3G iPhone“.
It documents some of the new features of the brand new 3G iPhone which will be arriving in South Africa VERY SOON!!
There’s also a couple of videos showing you all the cool features…
Will the Apple iPhone come to South Africa any time soon?
I don’t think so. At least, I hope not. There are a few reasons for this.
But first, lets take a look at this BEAUTIFUL phone and see what makes it a good product (without actually being able to hold it). I didn’t say “what makes it a good phone”, because I don’t need a real phone anymore, I’m a SmartPhone user, more specifically, I own an iMate kjam with Windows Mobile 5.
Here are some of the features that I think are great:
A must have for me, as I use the wifi on my iMate a lot at home. Saves me having to open up my laptop just to check my email or website statistics.
And according to the Apple website, you can surf the internet for up to 6 hours. It LOOKS like that’s with the WiFi connection, and if that’s true, then I think that makes it about 6 times longer than the iMate…
Quad band (GSM)
This means that the phone CAN actually be used in South Africa. There were rumours when the phone was first announced that it would be restricted to some American non-GSM network, but looks like somebody woke up and smelled the coffee. Or, rather, the rumours were just false.
Audio and Video
The iPhone plays more than just MP3 audio files. This might not seem great, but if you own a Mac (or accidentally rip your music using iTunes into the AAC format), then you’ll know how bad it is putting music onto any phone you currently have.
The same goes for video. You can watch movies on the iPhone, with most movie/video formats catered for.
Why the iPhone SHOULDN’T come to South Africa
I have 3 reasons why they shouldn’t release the iPhone in South Africa just yet:
EDGE Internet Connectivity
In South Africa, we are trying to get up to speed with the rest of the world with regards to internet connectivity. My iMate KJam only has EDGE connectivity, not 3G, and this is slower than a modem. Brining such a good looking phone out here without 3G connectivity is a step backwords.
2.0 Megapixel Camera
This is probably good enough for a phone, but I think any new phones should have AT LEAST a 3 Megapixel camera. Just a personal opinion from somebody who uses the feature (though unfortunately, my camera is only a 1.3 Megapixel camera… NOT great at ALL)
And the last, and most important reason is, my MTN cellphone contract only expires in a year and a bit, so I wouldn’t be able to get this phone. 🙂
I would definitely be jealous if other people were using this phone, and I knew I couldn’t get it…
So, let’s see if we get Apple support for the iPhone in South Africa!
UDPATE: As mentioned above, I have a new article about the latest iPhone. To read it (which I obviously recommend you do), click here: iPhone 3G