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It’s clear that Apple told the major media today was the day that it was OK to talk about the iPhone 3G: Walt Mossberg, Edward Baig, and David Pogue are all out with major hands-on reviews. The general consensus seems to be that it’s a nice […]

ScreenshotIt’s clear that Apple told the major media today was the day that it was OK to talk about the iPhone 3G: Walt Mossberg, Edward Baig, and David Pogue are all out with major hands-on reviews. The general consensus seems to be that it’s a nice piece of equipment, and an improvement over the original, but still with some compromises – and hardly a “must have” bit of hardware.

To be honest, we haven’t seen a groundswell of iPhone interest from you readers either, even though mobile technology is one of the key interests of web workers. Is it the cost (check out BillShrink for a plan comparison)? The design compromises? The fact that you’re perfectly satisfied with your existing communications devices? Or are you really interested, and we’ve just not been listening hard enough?

Here’s your change to weigh in on the iPhone 3G, just before the launch. If you’re planning to rush right out on Friday and buy one, we’d love to hear about it. If you’d like us to start covering iPhone software, that would be great to know too. But on the other hand, if there have already been too many iPhone stories on Web Worker Daily, and you want us to let it be, tell us that too!

And while you’re making your opinions known, take a moment to click over to our parent site GigaOM and take their quick one-question iPhone 3G survey as well. Thanks!

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  1. For me its about price, really. I would want an iPhone, but I don’t want to be locked into a carrier in order to get it. It would be perfectly fine for me, if Apple sould the phone in their stores and from their website at a premium price – and I’m baffled why they don’t. I seriously don’t understand why Apple wants to be in the pocket of old telco’s.

  2. The price is certainly a factor, but not a huge one. I think that AT&T have now proven to be the weakest actor in the iPhone story, and I’m not that interested in paying more than I do for my original iPhone just for faster data speeds (when you can get it) and limited GPS (yawn).

    The real excitement is with the apps, and I’d love to see some coverage of them here.

  3. I love my iPhone more than any gadget I’ve ever owned. Frankly, I can’t imagine being without it. That said, the 3G model isn’t as compelling an upgrade as I had anticipated. So I’ll be sitting on my gen 1 device for a bit to see how things play out.

    For me the big news will be the App Store. I think there is going to be a lot of stellar software for the iPhone platform, and I’d love to see coverage about iPhone software on this site.

  4. The iPhone will be my first cell phone in 3 years… yes, I’ve been without that long! My bf and I are both getting one, and we’ve already got “holder phones” from AT&T until we pick up our phones on Friday.

    Reasons we’re most excited: having the Internet at our fingertips for research and answering questions, having a quick-access camera (which we can immediately post pics from), being able to update blogs and social networks anywhere, updating our GoogleDocs budgets when we make a purchase, and being able to keep in touch with each other when we’re AFK. We’re even giving the $20 TXT plan a go since we know so many people who use text messaging.

    Also, it can tell us how fast we are accelerating! I never even knew that I needed to know that. ;)

    Since I am so new to the party of smart device owners, I know I’m going to need all the geek-aware articles on applications, tips & tricks, and general use I can get. But better late than never!

  5. “we haven’t seen a groundswell of iPhone interest”
    There seems to be a lot of interest some places…

    http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20080709/fiasco2-redux/

  6. I’d love an iPhone but I refuse to go back to AT&T. I’m much much happier with Verizon (which is the only carrier that works on the DC metro).

  7. I will definitely be getting an iPhone 3G this week. I opted to wait out my Verizon contract, and the first generation iPhone, but now I’m done with my contract, and very ready for the new iPhone. I wish I didn’t have to switch, but it’s not that big of a deal.

    They (Apple) just got it exactly right. Have you ever actually tried web surfing from any other web-enabled cell phone? Ridiculous. A total joke.

    I would very much like to see coverage of iPhone anything on this site, especially the new apps. As a Web Worker, I am waiting to see if there will be an app that allows me to edit & ftp html/css files. That would be so handy!

  8. Yes please to iPhone software/services coverage – buying mine on Friday in Ireland having used Palm for 4 or 5 years.

    Looking forward to being much more effective with the MobileMe service being particularly attractive for a wannabe techie who really cannot be bothered with complex software :-)

    keith

  9. I have an 8GB iPhone today. I expect I’ll upgrade to the 16GB 3G iPhone within 6-months. The 3G, GPS, and extra storage are too compelling to resist.

  10. savingtheturtle Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    I also have a “holder” phone and will be standing in line on Friday.

    My previous phone was a sucky Verizon Windows Mobile phone. Based on the contract I signed, I’ll actually be paying less for my iPhone service than I paid for my Verizon wireless phone service.

    I was annoyed during the over-hyped iPhone 1.0 launch, but I would like Web Worker Daily to cover 3G iPhone stories that will be of interest to web workers.

    Woo-hoo!

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