iPhone 3G hits London

iPhone 3G hits London

Summary: As the iPhone 3G went on sale at 8:02am on Friday morning, ZDNet.co.uk spoke to those queuing for the device to find out what was motivating them

TOPICS: Networking

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  • Steve, who works for a law firm, avoided the first generation of the iPhone because it did not have 3G connectivity — it used the slower Edge data standard.

    "The iPhone 3G was quite hyped up on the internet," he told ZDNet.co.uk. "I started queuing at 3am." Steve added that he was switching provider from Orange — with whom he had a Nokia N95 — to O2 so he can get the iPhone.

    He also said that, while his workplace did use Microsoft Exchange — now supported for the first time by the iPhone — he would not be able to use his iPhone as a work device. "The company phones are BlackBerrys," he said. "It's unlikely they will let us change."

  • Brian had experienced the first iPhone, and was attracted by Apple's decision to open up the device to third-party applications.

    He was also keen on the new version's 3G capabilities. "The original one just wasn't fast enough," he said.

    "I like the Exchange compatibility too," he added. "I'm an IT consultant and need to have that technology behind me. The style of the phone also looks good for clients."

  • "The main reason I didn't buy the old iPhone was I couldn't put [third-party] software on there," said Steve. "Now that I can buy the programs I want, it opens it up as a useful tool."

    Steve, however, works for the government agency Defra, and said he would not be able to use his iPhone as a work device because it does not comply with the strict governmental security protocols. "They're sniffy about the devices they allow on their network," he said.

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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