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June 28, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Word on the street about iPhone

Here are some more reactions from people around town we interviewed for today’s story:

I’ve heard pluses and minuses. I’d be worried about security…. It looks like a really cool phone. They’re doing a good job with marketing. It looks like you just can’t live without this phone. Every time it comes on TV, I said isn’t that cool?

We’re trying to get out of the rat race of being always connected…

I’m always lured to gadgetry. I’ve had to convince myself you really don’t need that.

—Nadine Wedel, 58, of Bellevue, retired Safeco employee

My cousin is actually getting it. You can listen to music for 24 hours, it has maps so you can’t get lost. My mom says no, you can’t get a new phone for another year.

I don’t think the average person can do $59 a month. I don’t really need such a high-tech phone.

—Bill Chang, 15, of Bellevue, student

It’s a cool little toy. Apple does fun stuff. It might be worth the money if I didn’t have to switch carriers. I think it’s too new. It’s pricey for an unknown.

—Ben Nyquist, 24, of Newcastle, college student

If it’s what I hope it will be, you will be in touch with everything you need. For a person on the run, this is a significant step. It’s like going from a regular TV to a plasma TV.

Look at the size of it. Look at the instant scrolling. It’s got visual acuity, its technologically advanced, swift moving, performance-oriented.

To me it’s the type of thing you get your hands on and it’s like Whoa!

If they can get the price between $300 and $400, they’d be doing well.

—Mark Staats, 48, of Issaquah, information technology professional

It’s almost like jewelry — something you get to show off. I wouldn’t buy the first generation of any phone. The first generation of the iPod — it was buggy software.

I would have a hard time spending more than $250 on a phone.

I can do a lot of awesome things to my house, car or wardrobe for $400.

—Jason McGillie, 30, of Mountlake Terrace, a project manager at T-Mobile

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