How COOL is this … NOT!!

Posted by Jack Cook on Jul 05, 2007

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I can’t believe what I read today on a story that Michael Tiemann on CNET News.com.  His article entitled Before you activate your iPhone, read this! caught my attention, so I did read it … and so should you!

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I was casually cruising the news sites yesterday when I came across a story about porting “ineligible” numbers to AT&T and iPhone. I clicked on the story because I know some of the people who lobbied for and won the rights to treat phone numbers more like personal property you own than corporate property you rent. I was right with the author until he said (without comment or outrage):

On that screen, enter your name, Social Security number, and your current billing information and home telephone.

Say WHAT!?

Apple and AT&T are demanding customers reveal SSNs to activate their iPhones.

Mike said and I agree that this should be the lead of every technology and business article written this week. If you don’t believe me, read on by clicking this link.

What ever happened to that little phrase that was written on your Social Security card that said:  NOT TO BE USED FOR INDENTIFICATION PURPOSES

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Jack spent 35 years teaching mathematics, worked as a Dean of Students, and completed his career as a Principal of a suburban school just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout his years in public education, the computer field has always sparked an interest in him.In his early years as a teacher, he became proficient with computers by teaching himself “BASIC” with an old HP card reader. Handheld computers soon became his passion where he eventually focused his attention on the HP iPAQ. Jack participates in several discussion groups and is currently serving as Senior Editor on Mobilitysite, serves as a moderator in the Microsoft Windows Phone forums and maintains his personal site, Experience Mobility. Jack brings to the mobile device community, news, events, and reviews that generate the same passion in handheld’s that he has had.

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