You’ll be able to buy the phone from the Apple store, from O2 stores and from Carphone Warehouse retail outlets across the UK, as well from these firms’ online stores. These look like the only places you’ll be able to get the iPhone.
And I bet there’ll be a thriving market for hacks to unlock the phone from the O2 network.
What will that mean to you the user?
Well, probably not much at all in making voice calls. But maybe a great deal if you plan to use the phone to its multimedia and rich-content potential, ie, data calls.
There’s plenty of commentary out there if you want to dive into this tech aspect of the iPhone.
Whatever the cellular-connect aspect of the phone, one great thing is that it has in-built wifi, so you’ll be able to access the web from a wireless hotspot.
I’ve not yet seen an iPhone in the flesh, as it were, so it’s hard to know whether to drool or be dismissive. If I’m going to drool about anything right now, my inclination is to do that over the iPod Touch (even though I’ve not seen one of those yet, either), on sale now in the UK.
I really ought to upgrade from my trusty iPod Mini. Still going strong but it’s, well, so yesterday.
It seems to me that the iPod Touch is more or less the same as an iPhone but without the phone. I’m not that bothered about the phone itself – I’m quite happy with my Nokia N73 for now – it’s more the other cool stuff that the iPhone brings that’s very appealing.
After all, making a call is just making a call, whatever the phone, right?
While I don’t know any detail of O2’s positioning and marketing for the Cocoon, I’d guess that O2 will want to clearly differentiate the two. It will be very interesting to see that differentiation, especially after reading this quote from O2 in June in a Tech.co.uk review:
[…] Asked by Tech.co.uk whether O2 feared the August release of the O2 Cocoon would be overshadowed by the impending launch of the iPhone, [Sally Cowdry, O2 Marketing Director] said: “To be honest we see these as really different markets; first and foremost this as a phone, although an excellent quality music phone.”
I wonder how successful O2 will be, especially when you consider that the Cocoon costs Â£299 to buy without a contract, considerably more than the iPhone.
The enormous expectation build-up about the iPhone at its US launch in June is likely to be similar here. And no doubt Apple will add its voice to all the communication that we’ll be seeing in the lead-up to Christmas.
Plus, if O2’s deal with Apple is as draconian as some reports say, then O2 will need to shift a lot of boxes. How will that impact the Cocoon?
Here’s one prediction – even my mother will know about the iPhone long before Christmas comes around. Will she also know about the Cocoon?