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June 28, 2007 at 10:51 AM

iQuotes about the iPhone

Tomorrow’s the day, when finally you can buy an iPhone.

It’s very personal as to whether you care about this monumental event or not, but someone who I can say for sure cares is Chase Forslund, a 24-year-old Capitol Hill resident I wrote about in today’s paper.

He wants an Apple iPhone so bad he’s going to sell his 2003 Ford Ranger to pay for it.

I ran into him downtown as he was waiting for a potential buyer to arrive at the Greyhound bus station from Victoria to buy his car for $8,000. Forslund was planning on using the money to buy an iPhone and a moped.

The interesting thing about Forslund is that he seemed to want the iPhone because it would be a better reflection of his personality rather than for its technical capabilities. And until now, there hasn’t been a phone for sale that accomplished that, he said.

In fact, he tried to take the matter into his own hands. He spray-painted his black Motorola Razr a tan-ish beige. And, as the paint has started to fade, it has created an even cooler broken-in look.

“I feel like you are always borrowing the phone and it’s the phone company that owns it. To personalize it; I spray painted it,” he said.

To gauge how the public was thinking about the iPhone, Technology Reporter Kristi Heim and I hit the streets to talk to a wide range of people. Kristi went to Factoria, and I went downtown near Westlake.

Here’s some comments from the people we talked to that didn’t make the story because of length considerations:

“I’m not going to buy an iPhone. I hate anything that starts with ‘i’ — iMacs, iPhone, iPods. It’s too much for one phone. I’ve seen the commercials and I’ve read the articles. I rather use my phone for talking and texting.”

–Ciera Honsey, 22, and works at the The Oceanaire restaurant.

“It’s advertised so much on TV, and in magazines and newspapers, and then you can find out more by searching the Internet. My child told me I’m not even close to being cutting edge, but it (the iPhone) is interesting. The technology is interesting.”

–Dave Sipe, 59, of Whitefish, Montana, will not be getting an iPhone.

“I don’t like Apple or Steve Jobs. I can’t use their products with other technology. I prefer Microsoft. It’s compatible with everything. He’s being more monopolistic than Bill Gates. I prefer the Zune over the iPod because the iPod isn’t compatible.

— Victor Ware, 32, who has a Nokia flip phone, won’t be getting an iPhone.

“I would (buy an iPhone) if I wasn’t involved in a two-year contact. I will when I can upgrade. I like the fact that you can combine your music player and your phone. I’m a big combine-your-gizmo-into-one kind of person.”

–Hilary Valentine, 36, of Portland, 36, who has T-Mobile.

“My youngest daughter wants one, but her contract doesn’t expire until October. I think it’s for a younger generation. My husband will want one, but I don’t want to take the time to figure it out, personally. I don’t have the patience.”

–Martha Sommers, 62, of Kent, Ohio.

“I would love one, but I don’t have Cingular (AT&T) or $600. I love my Apple (computer) so much. It’s like the same technology in the palm of your hand. It’s a mini computer. I’m not eligible because of my contract, but I will still probably wait for the second or third version, like all technology you want to wait.”

— Patrick Sund, 21, a student at Indiana University in Seattle for the summer.

“For me, personally the iPhone freaks me out. I love it (her Blackberry). I’m always holding it, and it’s always on me. The iPhone is more than I’d want to spend on a phone. I could have waited, but I’m in college; it’s not practical.”

–Betsy Weber, 21, home from Georgetown University.

For Kristi’s quotes, check them out in her item.

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