Even though pretty much all my friends in DC had an iPhone, I didn’t want to buy something I couldn’t live without. When you don’t know what country you’ll live in next, the last thing you want is to invest in something that might be useless at the next stop. Plus, when I left the US, the iPhone was still an AT&T thing only, and I wasn’t about to leave Verizon for them.
But… But… Lately I started to get iPhone envy… And my Nokia C3 that doesn’t do anything aside from calling, texting and taking marginal pictures, started freezing and shutting itself off – even had the nerve of deleting all of Lily’s puppy pictures from my micro SD card in one of those fits.
Then in El Nido I realized that an iPhone would be SO convenient to check email/blog when I was traveling and had wifi but didn’t want to carry my netbook around (since when you’re traveling around with your backpack, even a netbook is too heavy, so we often leave it at home).
I hadn’t been shopping lately and had a bit of money, then Karl threw some money in the iPhone fund as my Christmas gift. Perfect!
After a LOT of research, turns out the cheapest place to buy an unlocked iPhone was from the US Apple website itself. Of course, they won’t ship it DPO (really Apple?), and I even tried getting them to ship to Guam (it let me until the very last checkout page when suddenly my zipcode is invalid – you’re a tease Apple!). So I had to suck it up, pay for the taxes (remember, DPO is not a state, therefore we’re sales tax-free) and had it shipped to Michelle, who is visiting family in VA.
The iPhone has already arrived! The one caveat? Michelle doesn’t get back until mid-January, and I’ll be prancing around Southeast Asia with my parents then – I won’t get that phone until January 24th, a whole month and a half after I ordered it! (The joys of living far away…)
But, for all of 200 pesos (that’s about 5 bucks), I already bought a cute case to welcome the phone to Manila…
Now since I’m SO late in the game, tell me, what is your favorite app?