You might have read this New York Times article “Apple’s Ban of In-App Donations To Charities” which outlines this nuanced issue or one of the numerous nonprofit blog posts or articles that appeared in the technology trade. That’s why I am ditching my iPhone in protest. If you think Apple should consider changing their in-app donation to charities policy, sign this online petition. You’ll join over 5,000 people who are sending a message to Steve Jobs to care about our great nonprofits.
I still have one year left on my iPhone/AT&T contract, so I called AT&T customer service to find out how much I’ll owe if I break my contract and the logistics of closing my account. I will have a pay a nominal fee, but I don’t care. The customer service representative asked why I was unable with the iPhone and I let her know, recommending she include the link to the New York Times piece in my file. I have until December 27th to terminate my contract, select a more nonprofit friendly phone, and toss my iPhone.
I queried my friends on Facebook and Twitter and to my surprise, I learned that many of my nonprofit techie friends are Android fans! For example, Amy Sample Ward highly recommended the Droid X on Verizon. My colleagues, Andy Sternberg and Zoetica business partners Kami Huyse, and Geoff Livingston suggested that I consider the Sprint EVO 4G . I also learned about Creedo Mobile, a socially responsible mobile provider.
Over the weekend, I braved the holiday crowds and spent some time putting my hands on the recommended mobile phones at Best Buy the same place where I purchased my iPhone a year ago. I told the sales person exactly why my perfect mobile phone was NOT an iPhone (see video). She was very helpful and walked me through comparisons of the phones I was considering and the different plans from providers.
Our online petition has over 5,000 signatures. That means over 5,000 people have sent a message to Steve Jobs to let him know that they are not happy about how difficult it is to iGive on the iPhone. I have not heard anything from Apple or have no idea if they are listening, but I did get a call from someone at Microsoft encouraging me to look at the Windows 7 Phone.