Apparently the iPhone doesn't work in the 90's

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Elaralas, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Elaralas macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    I just got done watching "journeyman" on NBC and the main charater travels thru time radomly. In this epidsode he went to 1985 and 1997 where it shows him with his iphone but with no service.
  2. sanford macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2003
    Dallas, USA
    He unlocked it and Apple went back to 1984 and instead of releasing Macintosh, they released an iPhone firmware update that bricked his iPhone.
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    At the risk of being a killjoy: the episode is factually correct. In 1987, there was no GSM service in the US. In fact there was no GSM service at all. The standard was still on drafting table, and the first GSM network wasn't launched until 1991, in Finland. At this point, pretty much everything was analog, and the iPhone, Treos, blackberries.. none of that stuff would have worked.

    And in 1997, GSM service existed in the US, but only in 10 or so major cities, each run by much smaller PCS companies. AT&T hadn't launched their implementation yet. There was also no EDGE data. :)
  4. Bernie-Mac macrumors 65816

    Jul 30, 2007
    Sin City, NV
    Thats another reason to buy an iPhone, it enables time travel!!!
  5. 4ndr3w macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    Did you guys notice that he had a hybrid phone? The back was a Blackjack and the front was an iPhone! ;)
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Don't bother us with details man!
  7. aphexii macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2006
    Not to mention, at one point the home button was above his screen.... *sigh*

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