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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Mon 02
Jul
2007

Killer phone

What Max Reckons Regular site defacer Shahab writes:

We need Max’s comments about the iPhone launch!

I think if I was writing Jennifer Government today, it would be phones, not sneakers.

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Machine Man subscriber Michael Crider (#3054)

Location: Colorado, United States
Posted: 4346 days ago

Oh God, not here too. I find it pertinent to mention that preliminary estimates put the gross cost of the Jesusphone's parts at around $200 USD.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/02/teardown-reveals-iphone-parts-cost-two-bills/

Not quite as good a profit margin as $2500 Nikes, but still pretty outrageous - especially with no carrier subsidies and a two year contract.

My overpriced handset runs on Linux!

Machine Man subscriber Danni (#357)

Location: England
Quote: "Eagerly awaiting the European Tour."
Posted: 4346 days ago

I quite agree, Max.

My cheap-with-contract runs Symbian OS, and will last me until I can get a Linux phone :)

Machine Man subscriber Bushra (#36)

Location: Fremont, California
Quote: "www.caffeinatedmuslim.com"
Posted: 4346 days ago

It took every ounce of willpower for me not to buy an iPhone. I think it's a bit different than the sneakers in your book though. Steve Jobs has no interest in keeping a low supply of iPhones which made standing in line for hours for one pointless. The amount of interest in it is still pretty crazy though.

Jeffrey (#2286)

Location: Right here
Quote: "Mathematics is a powerful language. Just look at how mathematicians destroyed the housing market."
Posted: 4346 days ago

Max, did you see the attempted iPhone jacking?

http://break.com/index/iphone-jacking-attempt-on-live-tv.html

shabooty (#637)

Location: D.C./V.A/M.D.
Quote: "I will shake your foundation. I will shake the f**cking rafters. Nobody'll be the same -Danny Bonaduce ....& go visit my blog @: http://www.shabooty.com"
Posted: 4346 days ago

call me a jerk off cause i actually waited in line and didn't get one
http://bahahs.blogspot.com/2007/07/iphowned-or-iphon-agita-dont-worry-max.html
that's my venting post :)

Machine Man subscriber Roger (#1653)

Posted: 4346 days ago

Aha!

Michael Ricksand (#2212)

Location: Terra
Quote: "You do not have a right to be stupid."
Posted: 4345 days ago

What's an iphone?

Sean (#2761)

Location: Massachusetts
Quote: ""She is wearing a designer watch to elegant to tell time.""
Posted: 4345 days ago

Hey, Long time reader, first time poster...Max, you may appreciate this little news story out of Texas... http://www.myfoxdfw.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail%3bjsessionid=66434CA6FE6500D6A04B9F946D779145?contentId=3641729&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1

Dylan King (#3161)

Location: USA
Quote: "i got kicked out of barnes and noble once for moving all the bibles into the fiction section"
Posted: 4345 days ago

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/apple/followup-att-offering-refunds-for-forced-iphone-accessory-bundles-274468.php


even better

Gotta love me some delicious AT & T

Woops meant that as at & t

cause when its lowercase, it separates them from their history of ever so delightful antitrust

Machine Man subscriber Joel Dowlath (#2506)

Location: Trinidad
Quote: "To die is gain"
Posted: 4344 days ago

iphones in the movie instead of sneakers! I see product placement, and massive income!!

Ed (#3191)

Location: Dark Side of the Moon
Quote: "The future is much like the present, only longer."
Posted: 4343 days ago

*snicker*
A few kids in my class ditched there phones that were only a few months old for the iPhone. My cell is a year and a half old, doesn't take pictures, and can't go on the Internet or download song, and it still has more features than I need.

Mike Reason (#2743)

Location: Rhode Island, USA
Quote: ""Carpe Diem!""
Posted: 4343 days ago

Did anyone notice that the iPhone got more press coverage than the attempted terrorist attack on the British airport.

Machine Man subscriber SRD (#2889)

Location: Ogden, Utah
Posted: 4342 days ago

I've boycotted cell phones, so I don't even know what an i-Hoozle is!

Anonymous (#3193)

Location: Miami, FL
Quote: "the registration page says "Get Close to Max". Can I touch him?"
Posted: 4341 days ago

hah, I just made an Account over this article, although I have read Syrup and Jennifer Government.

well, here's the things that a $600 iPhone cannot do.

• 3G (EV-DO/HSDPA)
• GPS
• A real keyboard
• Removable battery
• Expandable Storage
• Direct iTunes Music Store Access (Over Wi-Fi or EDGE)
• Songs as Ringtones
• Games
• Any flash en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash support
• Instant Messaging
• Picture messages (MMS)
• Video recording
• Voice recognition or voice dialing
• Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Streaming (A2DP)
• One-size-fits-all headset jack (May have to buy an adapter for certain

austin (#2462)

Location: rhode island
Quote: "hmmm...bleh..."
Posted: 4340 days ago

It costs about $200 to make an iPhone, and they sell them for $500. That's a huge profit.

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