No one was exempt: those waiting in line, those updating a 2G iPhone, those trying to activate iPhones for hours. Except for those of us who installed the leaked update yesterday (thanks Eddie!). I think that is still working, if you have a 2G and can’t get the firmware to update through iTunes.
This has been bothering me all week, and I can’t believe I forgot to include it my last post about the iPhone 2.0 firmware.
It’s the corporate discount. You know, the iPhone is for business now, so corporate discounts are supposed to apply.
This is confusing, and I don’t claim to have all the information. Here’s what I know:
- Oracle employees qualify for a discount with AT&T.
- As of July 2007, when I bought my iPhones, that discount did not apply to iPhones. Bummer.
- Recently, AT&T changed this policy, ostensibly for 3G iPhones.
- I called AT&T last week and was told that the corporate discount did in fact apply to “iPhones” no delineation on which versions, but only if the iPhone was not the primary phone on the account. Major bummer.
So, this means that either 3G iPhones are treated differently that 2G ones are or we’re all in the same boat. Either way, I’m screwed. Honestly, I really hope I’m not paying the early adopter tax again for buying a 2G iPhone too soon.
I also really hope that this is the correct interpretation of “supporting” the corporate discount. If so, it’s a laughably narrow interpretation.
So, help me out here? Anyone have information about this pickle, Oracle employee or not?
I guess can wait. Apple and AT&T have their hands full today. Techmeme is dominated by stories about the activation servers failing. A friend of mine waited three hours in line to get a 16GB iPhone and got nothing; there’s speculation that Apple and AT&T are manufacturing demand for the devices by refusing to sell more than an allotted quota each day.
But hey, at least Twitter is up so everyone can vent.
Update 7/14/08: I called AT&T again today and was told flat out that 2G iPhones weren’t eligible at all for the corporate discount. Thanks Apple and AT&T! So far, no word from anyone yet about the 3G iPhone. Stay tuned for more.