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TiPb on NPR, OMG

We're pretty sure you were turning your eyes to TiPb today for the haps on the iPhone 3G S launch, but you weren't alone in seeking out the sage wisdom found here. Our very own Rene Ritchie had a brief spot on NPR's Marketplace, a daily half-hour radio show devoted to all things financial. Rene's take:

iPhoneblog editor Rene Ritchie says people might scale back on downloading music, kill their landline, even cut back on their cable. But they will not do without their smartphones.Rene Ritchie: I think they're becoming increasingly a necessity. Now your instant messages, everything can be popping up at you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Ritchie says now that smart phones have made it possible, we're all expected to be on call around the clock. Employers want to be able to reach their employees at will. Clients expect immediate attention. Friends feel snubbed if you don't text them back, right now.

You darn tootin, Mr. Ritchie. Jump to 8:15 in the show to hear the story, or hit up 9:30 to hear the dulcet tones of your favorite iPhone blogger.

  • Good job BOSS. way to go!!!
  • I too can not live without my iPhone!
  • I just cut my cable off a fee days ago my iPhone would
    go last of the non necessities
  • Cable? What's that? I haven't had cable in 5 years...I refuse to pay $99+ a month for 100 channels of reality programming. I'm doing just fine w/ a DTV convert box and 8 crystal clear channels.
    But the only way I'll give up my iPhone 3G is when you pry it out of my dead cold hand.
  • "Employers want to be able to reach their employees at will." Uhhhhh not this employee. They can eat static if they call me after 5pm or before 8am. Not unless they pay me. I am not an ER doctor, so dont treat me like one unless you want to pay me like one. To get harassed after hours by my employer is NOT why I have a smartphone. People need to wake up.
  • I suppose you can take that attitude if you work at McDonalds. But if you are in a position where you are responsible for servers staying, you understand why you have to be on call. And you also understand that if the servers go down, so does the company which means no more paychecks.
    Now you have to find another job in an economy where unemployment is in the double digits and you don't know where you next meal is coming from. Suddenly, being on call isn't that bad after all.
  • I was a captive employee once. I hated the fact that I had to come in to keep the servers running for the CEO. Did that for 20 years. Cold winter nights, having had the flu, wife 9 months pregnant, kids sick and puking... they didnt care. They wanted their servers running and their job-stream uninterrupted so the CEO could keep padding his wallet. Good for him. I really dont blame him, but I am not the type to be micro-managed by "pigeon-type" middle managers with bad breath swinging by my cubicle every 30 minutes, making a heck of a lot of noise and crapping all over my desk - then leaving again. Just like pigeons.
    So I quit, went into business for my self. Now, if I wanted to I could qualify for a McDonalds franchise. Sometimes not knowing where you're next meal is coming from is more motivating than fearing the big bad unemployment stats and being told what to do by people with 1/2 the education and stinky breath. :-)
  • I try to watch digital channels but they are extremely
    choppy so I just watch my movies, I could always
    go through the 8 seasons of charmed again for the
    12th time
  • Strictly speaking, Marketplace is on American Public Media, not NPR. (Most public radio stations feature programming from both NPR and APM.) So TiPb was on APM, not NPR.