You can buy an iPhone, but you won't be able to use it in Vermont.
Apple Inc. has chosen AT&T, formerly Cingular Wireless, to be the exclusive cellular carrier for its highly publicized iPhone product, and Vermont is entirely without AT&T coverage.
The iPhone is an Apple Inc. product that combines a cell phone, a computer and an iPod. Large portions of other states are without the service as well, including Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York.
Vermont is the only state totally without AT&T coverage.
I think the iPhone is an awesome thing, but I also think that to have a phone that costs $600 USD to have it is rediculous. In Vermont, there are only 3 carriers that offer cell service: Unicel, Verizon Wireless and Nextel. As it states in the above article (From my Local Times Argus - LINK
) Apple teamed up with AT&T to provide the service, so as it stands Vermont would not have access to the network anyway.
I have to agree with Warriorscot that the phone battery is the most important thing - If you have a phone with all the features that the iphone sports, using the features will kill your battery faster than anything. If you have to use the PHONE, the chances of having a good battery deminish greatly. When I boughjt my Motorola V555, I asked the rep alot of questions about the battery life, as I have a camera and SMS features and can use the net on my phone as well - He said that the more features you have on your phone, the more power it takes to RUN them, which means that usage of the features determines the length of battery life, and if the battery is draining, the talk time is limited. This makes sense
Now, I paid about $286 USD for my V555. I did that because I wanted to have a phone that had some bells and whistles, but had the compact and easy use component. Being disabled, the MOST important thing to me is the Flip type clamshell, as well as the Bluetooth capability, so I can go handsfree - My phone rarely leaves my side, and my bluetooth earpiece is nearby for those times I need to use both hands on a PC or when walking on crutches: when I drive, I also use the earpiece, but when unsafe, I discontinue and shut it off. I also like the GSM network because the signal is almost always there, and there are fewer dropped calls - but being Vermont, there are places where the signal is terrible - I rely on my cell alot, so I want one that works - I have had my cell save my butt several times - The V555 is indepensible - can that be said about the Iphone?
Iphone has its niche - but I can't see spending $600 for ANY device like that - Cell phones are not indistructable and can break - the only way that a person would want the Iphone in my opinion
is if they know what the phone can do, can deal with its limitations, and can afford to maintain it. I can't see Vermont retailers selling Iphone, or any other retailer if service can't be had over here.
I'm glad I have my phone - I want my phone to be able to be used to make calls and send messages and the occaisional pic, but I can play music on my MP3 Player