2007/08/14

For Every iPhone Sold A Tree Dies

In case you were wondering if the newest gadget from Apple is truly the king of the mobile marketplace, yours truly is not your oracle. Being a poor T-Mobile customer, I don't get to have one of Apple's new iCellPodPad's. But Ars Technica turns Blognonymous on to the fact that, when it comes to consuming natural resources, the iPhone reigns supreme (with AT&T's help).

I know when I get my T-Mobile bill, I'm comforted by the fact that they list every call. Do I want to know who tried to market a subprime loan to me at 6:30 pm last night? Well T-Mobile knows that their number was blocked and tells me so, right on my bill! Likewise AT&T, who not only wants you to know who you called, but what web-site you tried to surf at 300 baud--all of them!

Consequently, an iPhone bill takes the prize at a whopping 50+ pages of double-sided nonsense. Wondering where all that money you're paying AT&T for your iPhone plan is going? I'd say that printing, paper, and postage are pretty safe bets. Hell, the bill itself probably weighs more than your phone!

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Here in my cave, I have no desire for one of the little bastards. Just not interested in being able to do so many things all the time with an adult form of a toy. Now after reading your post, I feel kinda proud of myself. Thanks :)
It is quite annoying isn't it? Lord its my biggest chore getting rid of all that paper.
We need to get Gore on that.
Plus, as long as the phone is turned on the Department of Homeland Security can ALWAYS find you when they want to.

But look at the bright side, Froggie: the iBill is double sided. Otherwise, it would be a 100 page bill.
PoP... What I really want is the "PodPad" part of the iPhone--the perfect synthesis of my digital assistant and my iPod, but alas Apple doesn't agree.

Mary... I admit I've been remiss about getting T-Mobile to send me bills online. Bad frog!
We get our phone bill (Cingular/AT&T) as as e-bill...no paper just electrons.
Wondering where all that money you're paying AT&T for your iPhone plan is going? I'd say that printing, paper, and postage are pretty safe bets.

Just like the health care industry! And the iPhone, like that, probably doesn't do all the customer needs, either.
Diva... If ever there was a 'glass half full' answer' that was it. :-)

CultureGhost... Indeed, and I really need to do that for my T-Mobile account.

Randal... It absolutely does not. I stayed away principally because the WiFi is disabled until you activate the phone on AT&T's crappy network. In other words, the device is crippled.
Oh, sorry, Kvatch. I forgot to add the part about oyfuckingvey.
Over two years ago a friend of mine who is an IT guy had this phone that ran windows and looked surprisingly like an iPhone in some respect...it did all the same things.

But Steve Jobs is brilliant at marketing and repackaging old technology and making it seem hipper than it is. This seems to be the case with the iPhone as it was with the iPod and will likely continue on for the next decade or so until there is some sort of apple backlash...

You can buy a perfectly good pair of tennis shoes at Payless or buy Nikes for ten times as much just for the name. That's what it seems like to me.

I guess if you want to be hip and considered part of the nouveau riche then flash your iPod around.

I still see more people with Crackberries than iPhones. I aslo don't feel the need to be hip or with the Bay Area "in crowd".

They can all go to starbucks, sip lattes and look up the nearest Sushi restaurants on their iPhones, I don't give a fuck.
Diva... Noted. ;-)

They can all go to starbucks, sip lattes and look up the nearest Sushi restaurants on their iPhones, I don't give a fuck.

I pretty much on board with you there PoliShifter. But don't diss the sushi, man! Them's fightin' words!
I left t-mobile to get an iPhone. I also receive my bills online, no paper necessary.

Sushi, don't go there. I do not go to Starbuck's unless it is the only option.
I had something witty to say but, at the moment, it escapes me.
Catherine... Good for you! But...what have you got against sushi? It is, after all, the 'San Francisco takeout' of choice.

PT... Don't worry. That's just creeping senility. Happens to me al--
I HEART sushi, meant it more of a way to echo your sentiment.
The billing cost more than the profit - they'll have to change it (and the high price.)

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