Business users meet gatecrashers at UK iPhone launch

Business users meet gatecrashers at UK iPhone launch

Summary: Some of the early adopters at the launch planned to use Apple's device for business, despite security warnings. But some were just unwelcome guests

TOPICS: Networking

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  • One familiar face in the iPhone queue was that of Ed Parsons, Google's geospatial technologist. "The guys in Mountain View have been using them for a while," he told

    Parsons claimed the device had all the functionality he needed, noting that Google had "developed a lot of the apps". After the launch, however, he complained on his blog (via a Wi-Fi connection) that O2's Edge network was not yet extensive enough for his liking.

  • Not everyone was welcome at the iPhone launch. Not only did the crew for the venerable broadcast news service ITN get thrown out — apparently for asking those in the queue whether they intended to unlock their devices from O2's network — but these girls were also sent packing by the heavy security presence.

    Representatives of an iPhone unlocking service, they managed to hand out leaflets to most of the queue before security told them to "get off their turf", one of them told

    Those who do choose to unlock their iPhone are taking a big risk, as Apple is protecting its exclusivity deals with operators by rolling out new functionality in a regular stream of firmware upgrades, each of which nullifies the "jailbreak" hacks that have previously been made available.

Topic: Networking

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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