So here we go again about the iPhone you may say, as blogs, news and forums are all full, way way full of stories about the iPhone. That being sad, I also have my own story re the iPhone. It started back in August 2007, when I ordered my first iPhone from Ebay. At that time, people were scared to buy iPhones from ebay, as due to the great demand, there were many hoaxes posted. Since I was more anxious of having it than scared of losing the $500 I invested, I ordered my 4GB model. I have a great deal of history with Ebay, and I have been a member since 2002 or so, back when I lived in the US. Even since, I bought and sold kind of a lot on ebay, so my confidence is somewhat greater than other Hungarians, which is why I got my hands on one of the first iPhones in the Hungarian market.
My iPhone arrived on the 10th of September to Hungary, where I had to claim it from the customs. In Hungary we have a rule that if an item is over 25USD in value, we need to pay import tax on it. Now being a smart, well kind of street-smart Hungarian, I asked the seller in the US to mark my item with a value of 20USD, and note on the box that it contains a toy camera. Yeah, you might say I am quite cocky, and I could have been burnt too, but hey, it worked. And it has always worked so far, so I figured if my item is stolen once, i am still better off with the savings on all the other items’ taxes. This might be not ethical, but the Hungarian government is taking 48% of my Gross salary, which isn’t quite ethical either. I have a great theory on this anyways, but that should not belong here.
So I walked out of the 8th district Post Office’s Customs building with an iPhone in my hand. I was so excited, I nearly dropped on the tram while waiting to get back to my office and finally open the sucker up. At that time, there was still no software solution for the iPhone, and only a handful of people around the world have successfully hardware unlocked the iPhone. I was debating between cracking the phone up and doing the hardware unlock, or waiting for the Software solution.
Since I had an upcoming business trip to Prague, I decided to postpone the action after I am back, but just in case, I took my phone along. Sure enough, on my quick stop at our Slovak office on the way, I got an email with a status update, that a Beta version of the software unlock was out. This was on the 13th of September already, I think. I immediately downloaded it, crossed my fingers, mourned a quick prayer, and got to it. In a matter of 30 minutes, there I was with a working iPhone, on Orange Slovak network with my Pannon Hungary SIM roaming. Wow, I thought I am the luckiest guy ever. It was just so great having the iPhone working, I cannot tell you. And it has been almost half a year ago, but still every day, I am amazed when I answer a call by sliding the virtual slider away with my finger. Its the greatest invention since the Mobile industry kicked off.
The first iPhone I had was a faulty unit on the other hand. It had some weird pixel malfunctioning, and every time I moved my finger around the screen, it started producing black spots across the screen.
I recorded it with my camera, and posted the video on Youtube, take a look at yourself. It wasnt too bad, but since I wanted it to be perfect, it had to go
It wasn’t a screen defect, but rather some mainboard issue. I was still in Prague, having my iPhone just over a week, but I couldn’t stand the defect. It was 5PM in Prague, when I headed towards the highway to make my way back to Budapest. Just before my departure, I quickly posted an AD in a Hungarian online bazar, and I stated the phone had a pixel damage, but otherwise brand new, and listen now carefuly, UNLOCKED. Boy, at 7PM I got the first phonecall, and by 11Pm when I arrived to Budapest, I had 2 potential buyers already. I sold it at 11:30PM for 170% of my initial purchase price, as it was the first software unlocked phone, or amount the very first ones, if someone beat me with a few minutes as the unlocked was just announced. I went back home, at 12 midnight, I already had my new 8GB version ordered from Ebay yet again, and in just a mere 2 weeks, I had it in my hands yet again unlocked. That is the phone I still have, and love so much. Since, it has been to Slovakia, Czech Republic, Japan, Hong Kong, and China. Japan was the only place I was unable to Roam, as they have the weird system, otherwise I was successfully iphone-ing my way across China on trains, etc etc.
Here are a few more pics, if you are also an iPhone owner, I guess you understand what I am writing about. If you are one without a piece, have a look yourself, you wont regret it.