Big news everybody: iPhones have officially landed in Iceland, meaning we can now actually buy them here AND use them without having to hack them first.
Apparently iPhones are this year’s Christmas present, or so the phone companies would have us believe. Incidentally, two of the three major telecommunications companies on the Icelandic market are still owned by people who drove the banks into the ground – Síminn [Iceland Telecom] by Ágúst and Lýður Guðmundsson, former owners of Kaupthing, and NOVA by Björgólfur Thór Björgólfsson, former owner of Landsbanki. The third major company – Vodafone – was owned by Baugur before it went tits up earlier this year [and of course judging by what’s happening with their other assets, it might well be owned by them again very soon].
The revered iPhones don’t come cheap here – Síminn offers a 3GS 16 GB model for ISK 156,900 [USD 1,285], and NOVA the same one for 139,900 [USD 1.145] for its customers in December. Apparently you can get them for half the price through Amazon UK – but then, how would those poor strapped útrásarvíkingar be able to raise funds to pay off all their debts? The ones that don’t get written off, I mean?*
IT’S ABSOLUTELY FREEZING
Although to be fair, I am guesstimating. I haven’t been out yet. Currently 3°C [37F] and WINDY. In fact, I’d say the windchill factor probably lowers temps by several degrees. Sunrise was at 10.26 and sunset due for 4.01 this afternoon.
* Oh wait – are there any debts that are not being written off?