The Experiment: Android for a Month.

October 7, 2011: iPhone 4S pre-orders started. I gleefully began the ordering process, only to have my heart broken by a pseudo-subsidized price a full $250 above the fully subsidized price. As you can see in the graphic above, the fully subsidized price kicks in for me about a month and a half from release day on my birthday (!). Faced with this $250 penalty, I called AT&T to see what they could do about adjusting this date, giving me a statement credit, etc, and got nowhere. Even with the threat of defecting to Sprint, I was basically told to pound sand - they were quite comfortable transferring me to the cancellation department. 

Reluctantly, I made peace with not having the latest piece of hardware on release day. That lasted about 5 minutes. Then came the five stages of grief.  At acceptance, I had a vision. A grand vision. A way to keep my early adopter juices flowing in the month and a half I'd be sans a 4S. The vision: Go Android until 11/25. 

Here's the idea: I borrow an AT&T Android device from a friend and give up iOS from late October until I can get a fully subsidized 4S. I can speak intelligently about Android devices, since I follow all the new devices and software updates pretty closely, but I've never lived Android. This is a great opportunity to do so, and I'm all pumped up to do it.

Now it's time to track down a device. Who wants to let me borrow their Android phone? I'm going to blog the shit out of that experience.