iPhone with Cingular receipt

iPhone on the Cingular receipt

Image links to an actual photograph of the original receipt – Cingular Store, Redmond, WA.

Late last week I traded in my Sprint BlackBerry 8703e for a Cingular BlackBerry Pearl. I will reserve a full review / thoughts for another day. However, today I felt the urge to share this little piece of info. Earlier tonight while looking over recent receipts, I noticed this short line in the middle of the transaction. In plain view is the string "iPhone for DEREK PUNSALAN" above the 2 yr. service agreement discount. Cingular, I didn’t order an iPhone, but are you hinting [with this glitch] at a $150 discount for 2 yr. service agreements already?

Thankfully, I refrained from starting a wildfire claiming that I had received an iPhone with receipt as proof. Is this receipt print-out hinting that the iPhone may be discounted for longer service agreements? I’d like to find out / hear from anyone else [digg this] who has opened a line of service recently that may have had something similar on their receipts.

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Discuss - 77 Comments

  1. Derek says:

    It’s those types of personal attacks that keep me from posting on most message boards.

    Personal attacks online are always the hardest to try and ingore. You’re right though in saying that such attacks are what makes the net so difficult sometimes. Stoop to the same level, or rise above and ignore.

  2. Derric says:

    Hey, thanks! But no, it looks like the debate is dying at this point. I’m actually starting agree that the charcter LOOKS more like an “i” rather than a misprinted “1”. Who knows? Could be a random typo or a mischievous Cingular employee. Anyway, I was primarily interested in defending myself against another poster that called me an idiot for even suggesting that the “i” might actually be a “1”. It’s those types of personal attacks that keep me from posting on most message boards.

    And I also saw that post on TUAW this morning, but it wasn’t me. Just another like minded poster.

  3. I’m not going to call anyone an idiot, since that’s just plain childish, but the i seems exceptionally clear in the receipt scan. There is a dot above it and there is a little left jag right below the dot. Collectively, those two things make it an obvious “i”. I don’t see how any kind of printing error could be made unless it was a typo. But if it was a typo, that seems hard to believe since you wouldn’t even type a 1 with the same hand as an i!

    D

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  6. Andre says:

    And the ensuing fall-out would probably have been quite irritating to deal with. ;)

    I guess you had the fall-out to deal with anyways. :P

  7. pauldwaite says:

    > “this is the way Cingular rolls with nearly every phone they carry right now. There’s a one year, two year and out of contract price on virtually every phone.”

    But not the iPhone. Steve Jobs stated that you will only get it with a 2-year Cingular contract. The only thing I can imagine this receipt meaning is that the hypothetical “real” price of the iPhone would be $649 or $749.

    Cingular apparently feels the need to tell its customers that it’s saving them $150 on the iPhone, even though it won’t be available anywhere else. This isn’t particularly surprising: if we learned anything from Stan Boardman’s keynote appearance, it’s that Cingular aren’t a patch on Apple when it comes to communication. Which is a bit ironic, given their business.

    > “Apple has released ONE product in the last 20 years that has been successful.”

    6 million 1st gen iMacs doesn’t count as a success? OS X doesn’t? PowerBooks?

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  9. rob says:

    Was $150 the saving you received on what you actually bought? If so it could be just that the pearl is mislabeled on their system as an iPhone

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  11. Chris says:

    Looks like an honest, inquisitive post with a bit of hope sprinkled in (don’t we all hope?) but then others have taken this the way of the black helicopters. I see the $150 as an unrelated line to the one before it and the iPhone line nothing more than shameless hype leading up to product launch. Even if the two lines are related, I think it’s already been said that the $499 and $599 prices were with 2 year contract. In other words, if you buy it outright, it’s going to cost even more than the already overpriced numbers stated.

    Do yourself a favor. Buy a RAZR, a Nano, and a tube of superglue. It’s a lot less money.

  12. Derek says:

    Do yourself a favor. Buy a RAZR, a Nano, and a tube of superglue. It’s a lot less money.

    Good idea ;) But it might be a little rougher around the edges. I am pretty much decided on the fact that I am not going to buy into the iPhone hype – translated, I won’t purchase one. What I have been eyeing / following lately is the US launch for the Nokia N95.

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