The iPhone was released in America in June of 2007. When I first heard that it was being released, like many other people I wanted one right away, but I knew that I would be moving to Japan in under a year, so unfortunately I had to decide against the purchase, as financially it just wouldn’t make any sense.
Eight months later I moved to Japan, and had to buy a Japanese cell phone. I was actually a little excited, because in America we always hear how cool Japanese electronics are. My wife and I went down to Softbank and got one of the best models they offered at the time, it had TV, which was very cool to me, because we didn’t have that offered in America, and it had, what I thought was internet access, but alas, it wasn’t real internet, it was more or less a text based cell phone internet, and it seemed strange to me. I wasn’t disappointed. I was just thought, oh well, this is Japan, and still the phone is better than the phone I had back in America, so I didn’t think much more about it. Then a couple a few months later Apple released the iPhone in Japan, and once again I was excited, BUT I had just purchased my Japanese cell phone, and I still had over a year left on my contract. I was so frustrated with my bad timing. The iphone was still a little expensive too, so once again, I had to decided against purchasing one. A few months went by and Apple decides to tease me a little more, they started to offer the iPhone for free, ugh, I was even more frustrated now, because I still had a year left on my contract and my wife was not happy about the idea of paying off my current contract, so that I could get an iPhone. So, I started to try to change her mind. I would send her daily emails saying a “I want an iPhone”, but alas that failed too. I decided to send her funny emails where I use the word iPhone instead of my wife’s name.
For example, “iPhone, when will you be home tonight?”, or “iPhone, it’s really hot today, so please take care of yourself?” I would even end the emails with “I love you iPhone”. J
My wife’s reply was, “I’m ignoring you”. Which to me was sad, but still rather funny.
So this weekend we went once again to the Softbank store, and after discussing the remaining time of my current cell phone contract, which is seven months, we once again, decided against the purchase.