iPhone? Not in iWyoming!

I’m a huge fan of anything Apple. This is evident by my love of Macs beginning about 21 years ago with my very first Apple IIe (which I believe is still sitting in my mom’s basement somewhere…it’s gotta be an antique by now). I was excited to hear about Apple’s new iPhone…just released yesterday. It’s full of Applelicious features including iPod, email, Safari web browser…besides also being a phone. I’d love to get my hands on one! An Apple gadget? Yes, that’s for me!

HOWEVER, since Apple made this deal with AT&T (formerly Cingular) and ONLY AT&T, Wyoming is left completely out of the Appleliciousness because we can’t get AT&T service here…anywhere…in Wyoming…the TENTH largest state in the nation. Granted, we may come in dead last on the population ranking chart, but that doesn’t mean that we live in the dark ages. We have cell phones, we use them, we like them. Think about all those horrendously long stretches of highway. A cell phone is almost a necessity in Wyoming.

What really irks me is the fact that AT&T states that they have “the largest digital voice and data coverage in America.” So, what?!?!? If you’re going to leave out GIANT chunks of the country and only focus on the Eastern half of the country and the metropolitan areas, how does that help me get an iPhone? See coverage maps below to illustrate my point:

Here’s AT&T’s coverage map. Note the HUGE chunk of the western part of the country that is left with little or no coverage.

Here’s Verizon’s coverage map.

I’m not an idiot. I realize that Verizon uses different technology than AT&T. I only used Verizon’s map as an example because that’s who we use and because they are the #2 wireless provider in the country. It seems logical.

Anyway, I’m sure not all of the 498,000 people here in the state of Wyoming give a crap about the iPhone. In fact, probably very few have really even heard about it or looked into it, but that doesn’t change the fact that I want one and I’m super-annoyed that I can’t have one. Stupid AT&T.

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