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Friday, 27 August 2010

I CAN HAZ IPHONE4? ASKS LOLGREEK

Of course you can! Some bozo, presumably a director-by-birth in one of our dodgier small and medium-sized enterprises (judging from the delivery details on his receipt), has managed to get hold of  the first-ever iPhone4 on Greek soil. He (for it must be a he!) managed to hold of it two days ahead of the official launch date through an "acquaintance", which is pointless but an achievement of sorts I guess. But he also took a photo of it with documentary evidence and emailed it to the entire Greek e-news establishment.

Greece never dies my friends. This man IS the country.

But overall, the way in which this ubergadget has been received in Greece is puzzling to casual observers of the Greek economy. Here we are, with the majority of the population experiencing some kind of fall in income and with the near-certainty of worse days to come. Yet there are now websites in Greece that do nothing but monitor the iPhone4 roll-out. One look at the price-tag (the iPhone 4 costs a month's gross entry-level wages in Greece) will tell you that it's overpriced relative to, say, the UK, yet there are an enormous number of prospective buyers.

Which of course makes one wonder - who are all these people? How do they live? Who is paying for all those sodding iPhones?

You just can't blame the Slovaks for not wanting to bail us out.

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