I am beginning to believe that the iPhone4 is vapour-ware. It is a concept that has been marketed to the masses with a handful of 'iPhone4' shells that sit on the shelves in the stores.
Over the past week I have dialled down my daily calling of seven stores in my area. I visited the Rogers store that said 'come back in September', but I got the customary response. 'No iP4s in stock, we dont know when we will get them, we dont know where they are, please shoot me now.'Close Calls
Calling FutureShop on saturday, I found out that they had two Telus issued iP4s, no others.
Visiting Costco last night, they had two on the Virgin Mobile network, but thats it. They are aparently getting around one a month for Rogers.
A friend of my wife's drove two cities over, to buy an iP4 on the Fido network, hearing that they had a couple in stock (from the store.) when she arrived, they had sold out! The funny part is - SHE WAS SURPRISED! Not to mention irate for driving over there. The New Game
After a few weeks of trying to get hold of an iP4 and seeing the frustration of the sales staff when asked about it, I decided to try and make a little light entertainment out of it. My new goal is this: ask about iP4 stock, without making the product expert shudder and shrink into a corner. If I can make them smile (or in some cases laugh - as they secretly know the despair and actual chances of getting an iP4, and that this is probably the tenth person I have asked today) then I have won.
So far, 'winning' phrases have included;
- "So, this iPhone4 thing that you don't have, but is apparently so good that I want it... what is it?"
- (with a weary look) "<sigh> my wife wants an ifone foor - what ever that is..."</sigh>
- "Hi. Im optimistic but realistic. Just a Yes or No answer will do." *
- "Hello. Am I wasting both of our time, with this conversation" *
- "A little birdy told me you had iPhone4s... but I want to prove them wrong"
* in both cases, i didnt mention the iP4 but they knew which product I was referring too.... freaky.
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