Only a few days after the serious iPhone 3G hysteria started there are some patterns to see in how Apple and the local gsm providers deal with things concerning the new Apple fanboy toy. Next to that there are some technical issues. In total:
distribution -> soup kitchen style, people in line to get a glimpse or even to get the real thing in their hands. People waiting days (?) or weeks to get an iPhone 3G and making reservations in more than one shop to be sure to have one (if they are lucky).
2 year telecom contract and a locked phone (in most countries) with an expensive contract -> to me the same as hanging on the gallows for no less than 2 years.
3G -> in USA 3G is only available in (big) city areas, in Europe more widely spread, but still not everywhere.
GPS -> works. But depends on Google Maps and asks for (international) (3G) data roaming which is extremely expensive outside your own country! Big need for offline software like TomTom. Apple now says this has a big priority.
App Store -> regional difference, wich looks nice, but big players like eBay only publish their software in the USA (for now).
Loudspeakersystems Gen 1 iPhone -> doesn’t work anymore, like the docking of the Palm Treo 650 and Treo 680.
MobileMe -> the MobileMe ‘push’ from iPhone to Internet has a delay of 15 minutes and is therefore not really push! But it has been sold as the everyman’s Exchange. NO WAY!
VOIP -> T-Mobile Germany doesn’t allow VOIP on the iPhone 3G.
There might be some more issues, but these are the most important, I think. You know more issues? Tell us!
Do I want one? Oh yeah!
But I can wait! (a few days longer ;-) )3G, apple, gps, iphone, smartphone, TomTom