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iPhone iNsanity Continues

Are some folks out there taking the launch of the iPhone just a little too seriously? Consider the following few items.

* First, the AppleInsider site reports on the arrival of the first iPhone shipments, and some of the extraordinary security measures taken with these deliveries:

Awaiting the freight at each location on Sunday were armed personnel, who were reportedly hired by Apple through its courier's ground handling agent and then cleared by the Transportation Security Administration.... Apple management on Sunday began informing its retail personnel that beginning Monday, no cameras of any kind will be allowed in the back stockrooms of its retail outlets.

* Then we have this News.com item about people advertising on Craigslist, either looking for help in buying an iPhone or selling their services as line sitters. The story cites prices from $75 to $250 to hold somebody's place in line at an AT&T Wireless or Apple store before the iPhone goes on sale Friday evening. It also quotes one would-be iPhone owner's Craigslist post: "I need an iPhone. Like, really need an iPhone. It's so bad, I've taken to carrying around my paper cut-out just to get used to the size." The Washington area is not exempt from this kind of behavior, either.

* Third, as of Monday afternoon, somebody had already begun to camp out for an iPhone outside Apple's Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan.

* We even have an I-hate-iPhone-hype column by tech pundit John Dvorak that, by making a Hitler (!) analogy in the first few paragraphs, shows that Godwin's Law is alive and well.

You almost have to wonder if it wouldn't be appropriate for Steve Jobs to show up Friday to deliver William Shatner's "Get a Life!" speech.

There is some genuine iPhone news to relate today: Apple and AT&T unveiled a set of rate plans for this little sucker, starting at $60 a month for unlimited data, 200 text messages and 450 anytime minutes. Current AT&T subscribers can transfer their voice plan to an iPhone, then add $20 a month for unlimited data use and 200 text messages.

(BTW, in case you had any questions about the iPhone itself--I still don't have one. Apple's PR department seems to be taking its time at getting review hardware out to the press, or at least to me.)

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 26, 2007; 2:44 PM ET
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I think Jobs is affected by his own reality distortion field enough so that he doesn't realize that his ardent fans need to get a life.

Posted by: Red Shirt Number Two | June 26, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that clown camping outside of the 5th Ave. store is a paid publicity generator rather than an actual consumer.

Posted by: ugh | June 26, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I love Steve. I hope he loves me too

i'Ve been dreaming about this cell phone for a long time. iN fact, i'Ve taken 40 hours of vacation time to prepare for the big event on Friday. My contact lists are ready to be transfered, my calendar...my whole life.

I love Steve. I hope he loves me too.

What am I going to do iF I cannot get an iPhone on Friday. My life would end. But seriously, everyone.

My boss got mad at me for spending 5 hours a day on the Apple website looking for more tidbits on the phone. He wants an iPhone just like me.

I love Steve. I hope he loves me too

xxxxxxx

Posted by: iHavetohaveit | June 26, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

If you work for the Washington Post and your name isn't Walt Mossberg, don't hold your breath.

Posted by: Andy Mesa | June 26, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

NPR's tech guy got one--going to be on tomorrow's Morning Edition! you are getting shafted!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I MUST HAVE ONE

Posted by: not normally a techie at all! | June 26, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Hitler?!? Who said anything about Hitler? Hitler?!?

Posted by: Shawn | June 26, 2007 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Nah, nah, nah! David Pogue at the NY Times got his iPhone TWO weeks ago. Rob, you're not getting your props!

Best nickname so far for the new toy? The "Jesus Phone!"

Gotta love it. Three days, and counting!

Posted by: Not Shlomo | June 26, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Hats off to Rob for not hiding his years of Mac book authoring (Pogue,NYT), or playing off his personal relationship with Steve Jobs (Mossberg/WSJ, I admit this one is only rumored), in order to aquire an IPhone.

These initial reviews(NYT,WSJ) are useless(only proving the phone will last 2 weeks), so questionable are the relationships between the writers and Apple. I'll be waiting for the Rob Pegaro's and Leo Laportes of the tech world to give unbiased reviews.

Posted by: Skshrews | June 26, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I've seen several reviews of this thing so far, and I have only one question. Yes, I know it has a cool UI, and does EDGE and WI-FI. I know it has all sorts of useful apps. I know it is also an iPod.

One question: How is it at making and receiving phone calls?

Posted by: wiredog | June 27, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Skshrews: Should Leo Laporte feel insulted at being lumped in with the likes of me? :)

For the record, I asked Apple for an iPhone review unit weeks ago and was told that none would be available until tomorrow.

- RP

Posted by: Rob Pegoraro | June 27, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry -- is that the same Dvorak who wrote, oh so long ago, that the mouse was an idiotic device noone would EVER use? He still has a forum for his rantings?

Posted by: Bush -- not related | June 27, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

But the mouse IS idiotic! Of course, so is the QWERTY keyboard.....

Posted by: tam | June 27, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I'll get really excited when the cost goes below $250!

Posted by: me likes | June 28, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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