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Dennis Jones is a Jamaican-born international economist, who has lived most of the time in the UK and USA, and latterly in Guinea, west Africa. He moved back to the Caribbean in 2007. This blog contains his observations on life on this small eastern Caribbean island, as well as views on life and issues on a broader landscape, especially the Caribbean and Africa.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

No Apple iPhones here!


It's just three days since the Apple iPhone went on sale and while a large part of the USA is pondering life with this new toy, we in Barbados can bask in the sun and also the knowledge that we cannot yet buy this gadget of all gadgets on the island. In the meantime, we can amuse ourselves by seeing all the things that the iPhone can do (really?). If the iPhone can do all of the things in the video and also be a telephone, then I will sell most of my possessions.

Clearly, there are some desparate people out there. A quick browse on eBay shows that some are looking to cash in wickedly on the madness to get a new iPhone. One seller is asking US$21 million! Another seller has bidders willing to pay nearly US$2000 for a iPhone.

Barbados is already going through a period of angst about the use of portable phones for lewd purposes by school children and I wouldn't be surprised if someone proposed banning imports of the iPhone. Look for heightened security at the airport.

Meantime, lay back and enjoy a stress-free Sunday nap.

2 comments:

John said...

This article was posted in 2007, is the situation still the same today, as people are selling the iphone in Barbados and I would like to know if it is a brick waiting to happen

Anonymous said...

has the situation changed regarding the iphone? either cingular or C&W planning on bringing the phone to the island?