It took 24 hours for my service to be activated on the iPhone, even though I was already a Cingular/AT&T subscriber. While that 24 hours was in limbo, my main mobile number that was being ported over was out of service and it was nice to be unreachable for the day.
However, at approximately 6:15pm, I called AT&T and whilst I was on hold, magically, an email appeared in my GMAIL account saying that my service has been activated. I quickly hung up the house phone (didn’t even get a chance to speak to anyone at AT&T) and ran up to the office to check out the phone. It worked and it is magnificent.
I played with the phone for about 7 minutes before we left to go to my folks house in White Plains to pick up a few things and to say hi to my brothers friends and their families who were having a BBQ. The phone was the hit of the party and I think at that point, everyone collectively spent more time with the phone than I did myself!
I initially ported all of my contacts over to the phone by downloading them from Plaxo, which I use frequently at work. This way, if you call and I’ve got your phone #, it’ll show up as your name. So, 2700 contacts later, I’m up and running. I use Outlook in the office for managing my schedule, and I’ll remain with that, but will also start using Google’s Calendaring system that I can have iCal (at home) subscribe to with it’s RSS sync. This will allow my iPhone to update nightly when I get back from the office and whilst it charges. Without my schedule, I’m lost… so that was imperative.
I’ve not setup my work email yet but have my gmail account setup. Was extremely easy and a breeze. I do not like how it downloads my gmail but doesn’t update the gmail service if I’ve deleted an email or responded. Oh well, I guess that’s life.
I am looking for the following:
1. RSS reader for my iPhone. I guess I can use Google Reader (mobile) – as that’s what I use daily (non-mobile edition)
2. Sleek case that will protect this little investment
3. Any tips/tricks that will help me use it
Honestly, I do not see myself using it to listen to music or watch videos. I’m looking to use this iPhone for Phone/Email/SMS/Calendar… much like a Blackberry.
After a few days, I’ll report back to see if it’s working out for me, if not, I’ve still got my Blackberry 8700 and my Razr in the wings.