Working on the iPhone

Apple's smartphone isn't perfect yet for business users but gives the BlackBerry serious competition

My dog is messing up my game. A while ago, Apple loaned me an iPhone 3G, and after extensive "testing," I finally convinced my wife I needed to buy one. "What about your BlackBerry?" she asked. "I can use the iPhone for work now, instead of my BlackBerry," I said. Grudgingly (the latest iPhone costs $199 or $299, plus I'd have to pay Verizon a $120 early-termination fee), she gave me the green light. Then tragedy struck: my 10-year-old morbidly obese Labrador retriever Otto tore his ACL.

So much for the fragile Quittner family budget; the canine orthopedic surgeon in town...

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