Published on June 28th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti204
Unlocked iPhone in Pakistan and More
How much would an unlocked (or liberated as some call it) iPhone cost in countries like Pakistan? Expect to pay around Rs.75,000 ($1250) or more. Ridiculous, to say the least, in a world where 2.7 billion people live below 2 dollars a day. Now that I’ve finished my rant, lets talk about the availability and technical stuff.
Apple intends to make the phone available in Europe in Q4 2007 and in Asia in 2008. Even though official distribution channels for the world outside US may take a while to be established but the phone (and its clones) will be available soon, depending on how soon hackers unlock it. Most probably consumers in Pakistan will not have to wait long for iPhone. Unlocking is not going to matter a lot as the original network related features of the phone were not state-of-the-art to begin with. Let’s see when the 3G version of iPhone comes out.
Why would iPhone matter? There are two main areas: one is the breakthrough interface and design. Other is the data features which require a network such as WiFi.
In my opinion, iPhone makes sense for:
Leaving the details to others I’ll just mention one thing: iPhone runs a full version of safari browser, which has recently been introduced for windows as well. The safari browser is an important piece here as it allows developers to create apps. According to fiercewireless at the WWDC conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs told developers that they didn’t need an SDK to write apps for the iPhone–they can start building Safari-based mobile Web 2.0 apps now. But beware: The Safari browser in iPhone supports neither Adobe Flash nor Java.
On a related note RSS is being touted as a killer application for iPhone but in reality its not the first phone to offer RSS – Flurry already offers RSS on majority of the phones.
Reviews and Further Information:
As mentioned at macworld: For a product that hasn’t even been released yet, there’s sure a lot of information out there about the iPhone. To name a few: Apple’s 40-plus minutes of marketing videos, early reviews and at USA Today, and Newsweek.
I’ll finish this with a quick review of how competitors are handling this threat from Apple.
- pointing out iPhone’s shortcomings
- touting their better network features
- introducing their own rival phones: – See this WSJ article
- Nokia was forced to do a whole re-organization due to iPhone!