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Just after the Verizon iPhone went on pre-order last week, the carrier boasted record-setting numbers of sales. Some estimates pegged the number at half a million units in only a few hours. When the actual phones made it to stores on Thursday, though, most places didn't see the kind of blocks-long lines that form at Apple and AT&T stores each time a brand-new model rolls out. So was the launch a big downer? Why no dancing in the street? Might be because Verizon's iPhone 4 isn't exactly a new model; might also be because previous launches happened in June, and it is now February.
When you live out in the country, where populations are less dense, you don't receive as many urban benefits.
You don't get "city water." You have to drill a well.
You don't get "city sewer." You have to install a septic system.
You cannot get natural gas. You will have to have propane delivered if you want gas appliances.
You are beyond the distance from the telephone CO, so you don't get DSL.
You may well be beyond what the cable company covers, because it isn't worth it to them either, not that you couldn't pay THEM to extend their cable. Then again, you wouldn't want to pay for it.
The government doesn't FORCE anyone to deliver these services to a rural public, so why should they force the delivery of "broadband."
IF you live beyond DSL and Cable Internet, buy ISDN. If you don't like that, but a satellite Internet providers broadband service.
I would LOVE to live in the country, but my wife won't. I would be HAPPY to get satellite Internet.
Get a life.
The muted atmosphere has little to do with the cold, the lack of a new version, etc. It has to do with the fact that Verizon decided to "stick it" to long-time customers by removing the "new every two" deal they had that brought so many customers to them. I waited for years for the iPhone to come to Verizon, but when Verizon decided to remove that benefit, I figured the iPhone cost, plus a new 2-year contract, plus data fees wasn't worth it.
Bad business is bad business. Smart move Verizon.