Apple iPhone steals CTIA Wireless 2007 show; FCC chairman wouldn’t give it back

“Even the FCC chairman appears to have iPhone fever,” Bruce Meyerson reports for The Associated Press.

“The new cell phone from Apple Inc. made a rare public appearance Tuesday during the keynote session at the CTIA Wireless 2007 trade show. It lasted just moments, but it was easily the highlight of an otherwise uneventful morning,” Meyerson reports.

“When AT&T Inc. Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson pulled out the gadget during his speech, the audience snapped to attention and the room lit with camera flashes,” Meyerson reports.

Meyerson reports, “And while Apple made sure to whisk the closely guarded device away from the convention center right after the speech, another keynote speaker managed to get his eager hands on it backstage beforehand: Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. ‘He spent more time with it than I did,’ Stephenson said in an interview afterward. For a minute, ‘It seemed like he wouldn’t give it back,’ Stephenson joked.”

“It was Martin, Stephenson said, who quickly figured out the touch-screen navigation that the AT&T executive demonstrated minutes later during his speech,” Meyerson reports. “Tuesday marked only the second time Stephenson had held or seen an iPhone in person. ‘I held it one time in a Cingular board meeting,’ but that unit wasn’t operational, he said. ‘Today was the first time I could navigate it.'”

Meyerson reports, “Then, as quickly as it began, all the fun and games came to an end — Apple style. ‘A guy in blue jeans’ took it away, Stephenson said.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Patrice” for the heads up.]
Apple iPhone. Rockstar. Ladies and gentlemen, iPhone has left the building.

In related news: At the CTIA Wireless 2007 trade show this morning, executives from Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola, Palm, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and others in attendance finally came to a sad realization (Allow!) and pooled their resources to order history’s single largest shipment of Depends.

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26 Comments

  1. ‘Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. ‘He spent more time with it than I did,’ Stephenson said in an interview afterward. For a minute, ‘It seemed like he wouldn’t give it back,’ Stephenson joked.”‘

    Look for a fool investigation by Waxman & Co. any day now…. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. “the audience snapped to attention and the room lit with camera flashes”

    Just wait until then can put their orders in. Then you’ll see them jumping over each other to get in line.

    Sorry Microsoft ZueZen or what ever will just not cut it. Yea, real memorable name too.

  3. “executives from Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola, Palm, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and others in attendance finally came to a sad realization (Allow!) and pooled their resources to order history’s single largest shipment of Depends.”

    Hah, hah, hah!!! Too damn funny, MDN!
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  4. If the iPhone is being release in June i.e. delayed for FCC approval, then surely the chairman would have been able to walk down to the testing labs and have a play.

    Or maybe the delay until June is really for Apple to finalise the software and build up a backlog of people letting their current contracts expire ready for the iPhone.

  5. Man, if they could integrate GPS (as an option) into this thing, it would rule the world.

    An atractive docking station for the dash of your car, SHAZAM! You could “pinch” your

    way to wherever you want. Hello TomTom, this is iPhone bitch!

  6. FCC testing takes 2-3 months, max. That is Apple’s excuse for launching early.

    The real reasons are all legit:

    1. Pre-announcing slows sales of existing competitors products, while hurting nothing Apple currently sells.

    2. Pre-announcing gives cell phone users time to expire their contracts – not re-up – and switch to Cingular for iPhone.

    3. Apple is only now wrapping up the product… It wasn’t ready to ship at MWSF.

    4. What else was Apple going to launch at the show?…

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