What’s on your Apple ‘iPhone’ wish list?

“One of the single best potential features of the iPhone is that won’t be tied to a specific mobile phone carrier,” Jason D. O’Grady blogs for ZDNet. “One of the commenters yesterday said it best: Even the best and most popular phones on the US market are always a political compromise between makers and carriers. Everyone pulls in their direction; carriers want features that will squeeze more money (sending pictures and videos; text messaging, etc); makers want more and more features, so that they can charge more. Ordinary users are ignored.”

“Locked phones are heavily subsidized by the carrier so that they can be sold for almost nothing – with a two year contract and significant early termination fee. The best part of a carrier-free (also called ‘unlocked’) mobile phone is that Apple doesn’t have to cripple its features because the greedy carriers want to charge for every picture, text and ring tone,” O’Grady writes.

“A perfect example of this is how Verizon Wireless forces handset manufacturers to disable all but the Bluetooth headset profile. Another example of carrier compromise is the Motorola ROKR’s artificial 100 song limitation and inability to purchase and download tracks from iTunes Over The Air (OTA). Hopefully Apple’s carrier divorce will mean that the iPhone has features that users want, like BT syncing,” O’Grady writes.

O’Grady writes, “Another iPhone issue that came up in the comments is how many GSM bands (if any) it will support and whether or not it and will ship with Cingular 3G from the get go. I agree with the commenter, I would like to see it ship as a quad band phone and not have different phones for different countries.”

O’Grady covers more potential iPhone features (button-less modular design, battery partitioning) and includes a wish list (light version of Mac OS X and Mac apps) in the full article here.

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66 Comments

  1. I hate my Zune!!! It keeps freezing when I try to transfer songs!!! Plus, there’s no one to use the WiFi with. I was on the bus this morning with it on hoping that someone else would be there with a Zune. 🙁

    Has anyone else experienced the freezing? I have to power it off and start over each time. Any suggestions?

  2. The number one without-a-doubt item on my iPhone wishlist is mobile broadband connectivity—something that is basically unavailable to Mac users who subscribe to the main cellular carriers in the US unless they are willing to figure everything out themselves with no tech support whatsoever.

    I realize that an unlocked, full-price iPhone will not be tied to any mobile carrier. This is not a benefit if none of the major carriers support mobile broadband on a Mac!!!

  3. How about:
    1. Something that works great as a phone.
    2. An interface that lets me put the features I want, not the feature the phone company wants to push, in my base screen.
    3. Easy syncing between my phone’s contact list and Address Book.
    4. No limit on the size of the contact list, other than memory/storage.
    5. No limits on music, number of songs, other than memory/storage.
    6. ITap input that makes sense.
    7. The ability to put shortcuts where I need them.
    8. A 2mp camera.
    9. The ability to Sync everything: pix, music, video, addresses, calendar events, text messages, call lists, etc. with my computer.
    10. Stereo sound.
    11. Choice of wired or Bluetooth headphones/syncing so I can determine for myself whether battery life or convenience is more important.
    12. Standard USB connector so I can use my current accessories.
    13. USB 2.0 so I can sync quickly.
    14. Ability to check email.
    15. Useful web browser.
    16. I hate candy bars and like flip phones. I know other people feel the opposite. How about making both form factors so we can all be satisfied.
    17. At least iPod Nano functionality.

  4. If the iPhone does have a mobile version of OSX installed (and I hope it does.) I think it would be in Apple’s best interest to call it something other than mobile OSX. Only because I think it may turn off the majority of Windows users and could potentially hurt sales.

  5. Quad-band.

    Airport built-in.

    VoIP capabilities, so I can use it with Skype seamlessly.

    UNLOCKED!

    Candy bar form factor.

    Swiveling camera, like the old Sony Clié Palm OS PDA. Use it to take pictures or swing it around to use as a Skype/iChat video phone.

    Standard phone mic/ear jack so I can use standard headsets when the battery dies on my Bluetooth headset. Love those little Jabra boom headsets, with the jelly ear insert! I put one on my Jabra JX10 Bluetooth headset. No ear clip! Cool!

    Monitor covers entire unit, so I can use either a virtual numeric keypad or virtual full keyboard for text messaging, which I don’t use now, because it’s such a pain in the ass.

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