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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

In lieu of the iPhone...

Macman The iPhone debuts this Friday, but you can't buy one in Vermont (unless you have friends or family in other states who will order one for you and send it up).

We don't have AT&T wireless here, and though you can supposedly use the iPhone here, you can't actually purchase it here (this is according to the sales guy I talked with at Small Dog).

In lieu of writing about the iPhone, I interviewed Burlington designer Jerry Manock on Friday. He lead the Industrial Design Team that produced the original Mac.

I've known of Jerry Manock for years. Until March, his consulting business was located in the office next to Seven Days in the Indepedent Block on South Champlain Street. In March, he moved out, and our office expanded into his old space. Plus, his talented daughter Abby has long been a 7D illustrator.

But I didn't know anything about Manock's Mac connections until Meghan D. forwarded me an email about a talk he gave earlier this month.

Luckily he was in town and agreed to a hastily scheduled interview.

We talked for over an hour, and I had to cut our talk down to just 1800 words or so. Sadly I had to leave out the story he told about Joan Baez visiting the top-secret Mac offices. But you can find it here.

Here's my story, with a PC or Mac poll. (Photo by Matthew Thorsen). 

June 27, 2007 at 11:15 AM in House Rules | Permalink


I'm a devout mac user but I still find this joke funny:

Q: What can PC users do that Mac users cannot?

A: Shut the hell up about it.

Posted by: BRIDGET | Jun 27, 2007 2:43:32 PM

Excellent idea for an "in lieu of" article for today. I wrote a quick post on my personal weblog regarding why you can't get an iPhone in Vermont and how you can't really work around it either:


I must disclose that I'm a Small Dog employee as well. You can read a quick interview with Don Mayer (Small Dog's owner) in the Times Argus:


My "in lieu of" for the iPhone is to go see Pixar's Ratatouille instead! :)

Posted by: Morgan Aldridge | Jun 29, 2007 10:15:18 AM

My "in lieu of" for the iPhone is to go see Pixar's Ratatouille instead!

Because we must at all costs give Steve Jobs money! The man's got kids to feed! :)

My buddy Art lives in Vermont and has an AT&T/Cingular account here. He got it out of state and has had it for years with no trouble. He does travel a bit though, so maybe he enters an AT&T network often enough to keep them from shutting him down.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Jun 29, 2007 10:53:28 AM

Well, Apple's products make my life easier (and therefore me happier) and Pixar's movies make me happier (and therefore my life easier), so I don't mind sending a few dollars their way on occasion. But, hey, Steve Jobs only make $1/yr anyway, right? ;)

It's true that I have a couple acquaintances that are somehow able to keep their AT&T/Cingular cell phones in Vermont for years as well. However, most of them are students and either travel or are on break just often enough that it might tip the scale back in their favor.

Most of my coworkers that have recently moved to the state and use their cell phones a lot have all had their contracts cancelled on them.

One of my friends that still has an AT&T/Cingular contract is buying the iPhone, so we'll see how it works out for him.

Posted by: Morgan Aldridge | Jun 29, 2007 5:52:25 PM

I was just pricing out competitive plans on Verizon for a Blackberry. Using just the base 450 minute iPhone plan, and comparing it with the least expensive, fully subsidized Blackberry with a mail in rebate, the Verizon plan comes in at roughly $100 more over 2 years. I compared it with the lesser priced 4GB iPhone, since the "cheaper" Blackberry doesn't have an iPod, and has only 64 MB of flash, as compared with 4 GB in the iPhone.

In the end, the subsidies and higher priced Verizon plan mean the real cost of the limited Blackberry $630. I hope people start rolling in with fabulous stories of Vermont iPhone users. I had heard from someone that AT&T wrote a Vermonter a letter stating they could buy an iPhone online via AT&T, and use it here in Vermont.

Posted by: Steve | Jul 5, 2007 3:23:17 PM

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