The iPhone is Coming, the iPhone is Coming! (Relax, not until 2008!)

Yeah, the iPhone IS coming to Thailand!

In 2008.

That is how long the FCC license is going to take to get approved for Asia! Is that nuts!???

Will the new iphones show up on eBay before this date? I’m not familiar with the usual timeline for this stuff. I’m thinking that when they do come out in the USA this year sometime then at that point the unlocked iphones will be on eBay and selling. Do these things have a space for a sim card for us in Asia?

The FCC license will be OK for Europe in the last part of 2007 as well, so – Europe uses SIM cards too – so maybe sometime soon.

In the meantime, as a coincidence I saw that NOKIA just released a cool phone -the n900 or n800 or something. It has a large screen, wifi enabled, LINUX operating system -which is very fast and stable – and it has a QWERTY keyboard, TOUCHSCREEN, built in speakers, and a host of other stuff – all of it brilliant… and the phone is supposed to be available in the USA – NOW.

Here is a pic…

Youtube Video for n800 phone >

Wow, I just watched that video… this phone has the Opera 8 browser running on Linux… it’s fast. The thing that’s great -and what my Motorola e680i phone does not have is – this n800 can see video and multimedia in the browser! NICE!.

Here are the N800 specs:

Photos of the device has previously been released, but now the specs are available for the device. The N800 has a 4.1 inch, 800×480 touch screen, 380MHz processor, dual SD memory card slots, 802.11b/g WiFi, 256 MB of Flash ROM, 128 MB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.0, and a built-in camera.

A further update…

After looking online for a bit there are two new MOTO Q’s coming out – a Moto Q gsm model and a q9 model, both of which have nearly everything the iPhone has, and MORE. And they’ll be available this year… one of them in the 2nd quarter and the other in the 2nd half of 2007. Both of which give them a lead on the iPhone.

I think that NOKIA’s E61i, these two Motorolas, the Samsung phones that are coming out – i600 and i760 I believe, as well as the Toshiba and the DOPODS and new Blackberries… all of these will be better options that Apple’s video focused iPhone which adults don’t really care that much about anyway.

A couple days ago I bought a Nokia e65 that has EVERY connectivity option that I can think of. The screen dims itself too. It has transflash cards – very small – and can hold – 2gb at present. That WILL be upgraded by the time 2008 rolls around. I’m betting on it.

EDGE service is making these smartphones a smartbuy since one no longer needs to buy a wireless PCMCIA AIRCARD to access EDGE services. Your phone doubles as the modem for your notebook computer now.

Life is getting good!

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.