If you own an iPhone or pretty much any other type of smart phone, you probably noticed that the email client automatically attaches an email signature that says something like, “Sent from my (fill in the make and model of your phone”). Personally, the first thing to do is remove the signature. Not only do others not need to know I have an iPhone, but often I prefer they not know how I am sending an email. I don’t want them thinking that I am replying to their email between bites of a burger, as if they are interrupting me.
Well, I may be alone in that feeling based on the number of those signatures I see. As a matter of fact, it seems to have become somewhat of a status symbol. In China, where iPhones cost can cost more than a thousand dollars, people who want to appear to have one but can’t afford one can sign up for a monthly service that automatically adds, “Sent from my iPhone” to messages sent through QQ, a popular messaging service. The monthly fee is only about a buck per month. I guess that is a small price to pay for the status of “owning” an iPhone. I am not really sure what a subscriber of this service says when one of their friends asks to see their new iPhone.