The blood of the innocent… Ok, I elaborate. You think it’s ok to be tracked by tying your SS# to your phone? You like to give out your SS# to companies that have no legitimate reason to have it, unlike your employer, for example?
Cellular companies all require social security numbers to sign up. The one and only reason is to prevent people from opening accounts over and over and over, ditching one when it gets shut off just to open up another.
I think their point is that the SS# thing is not limited to the iPhone. If it bothers you that much, then it would be a reason to avoid getting any cell phone. The other points are reason enough to make me not want an iPhone, anyway.
One would think the more commonly the SSN is used as a identifier, the less useful it will become to identify thieves, etc. It’s a string of publicly available numbers. It makes a bad password.
But who gives a shit? Hundreds of organizations already have your SSN, I guarantee.
As for this thread, thanks for starting it up. There hadn’t been enough iPhone threads that mentioned the price, AT&T, or the batteries yet. You did forget to complain about the lack of third-party applications, though.
Being able to natively read PDF email is a huge, huge, thing for me. But honestly - do i want all my clients to know i can read their damn request emails anywhere at anytime? :). I’ve heard once you get on the smartphone leash you’ll never really leave work behind again…