Watch the keynote first, or at least the iphone introduction part. that part alone runs over an hour. Now, all the cell phone providers suck in the US. we all know that, and we don't need another thread blasting coverage, service, crippled phones, locked media, etc... Rather, it's something that simple struck me all too clearly during the keynote. Look at Steve present. He oogles over the iPhone as he demonstrates it to us. He's excited to show off how cool the iPhone is, how hard it was to make it work, and how ****ing amazing it is. You can feel the energize, the vision seeming around this man. Some call it RDF or showmanship. What it is at it's core, however, is passion. Then Stan, Cingular CEO, comes on stage. Stan is in typical business attire, gives some token words to steve, and then refers to 4x6 flash cards to remind himself, verbatim, of what to say. and all he really has to say, in so many dry, uninspirational, completely lacking of passion sentences, is that "Cingular is the best." We are not even thrown a freakin' bone here as to "why," Cingular is the best - only that it is. And this goes on for, well, I honestly don't know. Truth is, after about 4 or 5 minutes of watching Stan, I was more bored than a freshman student in Calc 3 with a non-english speaking professor, and so I clicked off the keynote. And I would go so far as to say then, yes, Cingular sucks. But just as symptoms of a disease are only the side effects of a virus, so is the ****** service of Cingular borne of the effects of a ****** CEO.