Dr. J. lost his iPhone last Thursday. Given that it was an AT&T iPhone 3G, it was old, slow and with spotty coverage, especially at work. New Atlantis Ivory Tower Medical Center has a deal with Sprint, anyway, such that there are repeaters throughout the campus. Furthermore we have a nice wi-fi network, so at work, Dr. J. isn't missing it much and either his laptop or iPad do the job. Dr. J. has a Sprint flip-phone that he actually uses as a telephone, so that's never been the issue.
The rub is when he is off campus and out of wi-fi range and he's disconnected from teh interwebs. So the doctor came up with the following options:
1) Buy the AT&T or Verizon iPhone 4 because he can't wait 1 1/2 months for the iPhone 5 (4S, whatever) right now.
2) Upgrade his Sprint phone to an Android so he can save some money from not carrying 2 phones.
3) Get an iPad 2 with 3G and give the iPad 1 to the lil resident or the lil med student.
Anywho, Mrs. Dr. J. was on campus so she invited Dr. J. to meet her for lunch. We passed the Sprint store, decided to pop in and explained Dr. J.'s situation to them. So the young lady said the following to Dr. J. in confidence:
"Well, I'm not going to sell you anything, because we're getting the iPhone in October."
"ZOMG!!!!!!ELEVENTY!!!!!!!!!!TEHJFONEZ5!!!!!!WTF!!!!!IS THIS A JOKE!!!!!!!"
Well, the rumor mill has been churning and there are a scad of stories on the internet including here.
So, Dr. J. talked to the powers-that-be at work and they're giving him a loaner cheapie Blackberry (as he's mostly a researcher, he doesn't have a phone provided by NAITMS) or such to limp him through until October, and they might even cover a piece of the iPhone action on top of it in October, just because they love him.
Regardless, this is great news for folks who have been waiting for this platform to reach out beyond the confines of AT&T and Verizon.
Now if they can make sure it will work underwater...