Well sort of. While there are already a few die hard Apple minions using first generation iPhones on the island, the effort they had to go through to accomplish the feat truly shows their obedience to the cult of Steve Jobs. Recently Jobs announced his continued evil-genius plans to the world in the annual Apple World Wide Developers Conference.
As many expected, Jobs announced the second generation iPhone, complete with 3G, GPS, and a new software SDK to promote the development of iPhone applications. In addition, Jobs announced the expansion of the distribution of the iPhone to 77 countries. Unfortunately, while many anticipated Puerto Rico would be among those countries, ultimately it was not. According to AAPLinvestors, a collective of Apple, Inc. investors and traders, while Puerto Rico was originally included in the list, it was removed. While there has been several promises made that the iPhone would be sold through Claro or AT&T, for now, Puerto Ricans will not be able to buy iPhones in Puerto Rico.
But the good news is that we can now legally "use" iPhones in Puerto Rico. Like silly things like laws, rules, or restrictions have stopped us before. Am I right, mi gente? Anyway, now we can buy an iPhone in the United States, but in order for it to work in Puerto Rico without roaming fees, it must be activated with a 787 area code. I'm not sure what are the steps needed to do the activation, so once the new phones become available in July, hopefully the process to activate them in Puerto Rico will become more common knowledge.
The Apple Handheld Juggernaut rolls on...
In anticipation of the new iPhone 3G announcement, The Macintosh News Network reported that:
Apple is likely to sell 45 million iPhones by 2009, according to analysts from research firm Piper Jaffray, who raised their price target on Apple shares a whopping $20 -- from $140 to $160. "We believe Apple can sell 45 million iPhones in calendar year 2009," the analysts said. "While this may seem like a bold prediction, we believe a number in this area is not as far of a reach as some may think."