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. John Ahrends says:

    What is it with people using the term Fanboy. Somehow people think that brand loyalty is a bad thing. I also don’t understand why people keep harping about the price. If you had a clue you would know that this is NOT a high price for a PHONE. The Treo 750 is $449 from Cingular. The iPhone is much better than the Treo. If you pay attention you will see Treo’s all over the place and they are NOT cheap. I am on my third Treo now. I also remember the motorola Startack that was $1995 in the early 90’s. The thing is I will not apologize for supporting a product that works. Apple makes Great products that WORK. That other software company makes products that crash all the time.. like any of the so called smart phones that run windows. Windows does NOT belong on a phone.

  2. You made the Apple Insider website! Just read about this over there. Very interesting, hopefully there will be discounts such as this when the time comes.

  3. Derek says:

    All this for features that ALL surveys show that people don’t care about, and some (touch screen buttons…no tactile feedback) that most people DON’T want.

    I can’t even imagine how irritating it would be to type on a handset that offered no feedback after each character.

  4. Derek says:

    Above it was the serial number for the handset.

  5. TJ says:

    And Matt…if you think the lines are going to be long, you need to come back to planet earth FAST./ You are WOEFULLY unprepared for the Real World and the longer you sty away, the less likely you will EVER be a productive human being in it.

    Remember…Apple has released ONE product in the last 20 years that has been successful. ONE. Every other product they have, they are nothing but a blip on the radar, with insignificant market share. And the big reason why there successful is because they were a VERY early player in that market. They have NEVER entered an established market and been successful. People laughed at the Zune for entering a crowded MP3 marketplace 3 years too late. Well, Apple is entering a FAR more crowded marketplace at least FIVE years too late. The cell industry has fanboys of its own. and Apple doesn’t have enough to do well.

    Remember…More iPod owners have PCs than Macs. In other words, it is only a TINY percent of iPod owners that could care less about the Apple brand name. They don’t own any other Apple product, and never will.

    If you think that people are going to leave their networks..where they are getting deals for being long time customers, or perhaps where they are getting free in network calls (a huge reason why people choose Verizon), you are SERIOUSLY delusional. I guarantee no one in my area will switch. EVERYONE has Verizon, and because of that, everyone can get by with the cheapest monthly plan they offer because almost no calls count against their minutes. A switch to Cingular would be a huge cost, and it would also mean that their friends would talk to THEM less.

    All this for features that ALL surveys show that people don’t care about, and some (touch screen buttons…no tactile feedback) that most people DON’T want.

    I’m a systems admin for the Federal Government. I maintain a network for 10 users who don’t know jack about computers (“what’s ctrl+alt+del for again?”). The servers and user workstations all run Windows while I use Macs exclusively outside of work. I brought my MacBook Pro in one day for some random reason and one of my co-workers was intrigued after just glancing at it on my desk. I showed him a few of the interface features, how to install programs, and other day-to-day tasks. I promise you this is the honest truth, 9 of them now own Macs, 4 of those own two or more, and the last one is ordering his first Mac next month. All this after 15 minutes with one person.

    After the Keynote, I showed my co-workers the presentation on the Apple website for the iPhone and all of them have committed to purchasing it once it hits stores or moving there service over to Cingular once it does so they can buy it as well. Honestly, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a reaction like this. Therefore, and I’m sure I’m not the only one with the same opinion, I feel your claim that the iPhone won’t attract much attention is BS.

    TJ

  6. Dim says:

    What does it say above it?

    And I never knoew you changed your skin. I haven’t been to the site in a while since I just read the feed. =]

  7. Anyone who thinks the Apple iPhone won’t be a solid hit has to wonder about 26,000+ hits on a flickr photo album picturing Steve Jobs allegedly using the device.

    And how about the number of hits on this article, which if you think of it has very little real content. People are so hungry for information on the iPhone that they’ll read anything, even this.

    (No, I’m not criticising the writer for submitting the article. I’m asking if it would be news if we were talking about any other product, and I think the answer is dead obvious.)

    D

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  10. Phil says:

    Actually, every phone purchased at Cingular with a 2 yr. contract comes with the $150 discount. That is the standard at Cingular. Just thought I’d let you know this is nothing special. I am being told this from a close friend who works at Cingular.

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  13. syl says:

    Derek you may have just created another cause for heart attacks. Wait, nevermind, I guess this would only cause heart attacks in trolls. 😉

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  15. Blog!NOBON says:

    iPhone は割引有り?…

    マクさん情報ですが、まずは上のレシートの拡大画像を見てください。

    iPhone for DEREK PUNSALAN
    2 YR Agreement SAVINGS $150.00

    なんちゃって和訳
    DEREK PUNSALAN の iPhone
    2年契約で150ドルのお得

  16. Derek says:

    What message board? Concerning your question, it was a 2 yr. agreement.

  17. Derek says:

    Personally, I say the “i” is a printer error. You know how dot matrix printers can miss printing dots here and there? I say it was trying to print a “1”. It’s a reference to the Peral you just purchased. That seems to make a lot more sense than a refernece to the iPhone, but that’s just my humble theory.

    Ah. I see. I actually saw a comment about the "i" being a printing error with one of the comments on TUAW. Not sure if that was you expressing your opinion on that thread as well. It really is tough to tell. After reading that comment on TUAW and going back to stare at the character on the receipt, I can’t imagine how the printer could have spit out a distinct i rather than a 1.

    However, if you would like a little more ammo for your case, I have a high resolution scan that I could crop and add to the post.

  18. Derric says:

    OK, I’m trying to sort out this… contoversy over on an Apple oriented message board, so please help me understand, Derek.

    Did you agree to a 2 year service agreement or 2 year extension when purchasing your Pearl?

  19. Derric says:

    Thanks!

    AppleInsider is the board.

    Personally, I say the “i” is a printer error. You know how dot matrix printers can miss printing dots here and there? I say it was trying to print a “1”. It’s a reference to the Peral you just purchased. That seems to make a lot more sense than a refernece to the iPhone, but that’s just my humble theory.

    Thanks again for the quick response.