"The Decision" comes early to Chanatown

It's done.  The deal has been made.  The contract signed, and the new phone is in hand.  I'll be tweeting (@Chanatown) for the next week about my initial experiences with the new phone.  A full length review compiling these Tweets will appear here next week.  To spare you from waiting out an hour long made-for-TV “special”, I decided to include the transcript of my own “Decision” interview with none other then Jim Gray below.  Funny how it seemed eerily similar to the one with LeBron just last week...

Jim Gray: Thank you very much. Everybody is on pins and needles across the country, particularly those carriers who are in the running for David Chan’s cell phone contract.

Are you ready to go David? Where is the iPhone?

David: Left it at home.

What's new? What's been going on with you this summer?

Man, this whole free agent experience, looking forward to it.

What have you thought about this process?

This process has been everything I've thought and more. And that's what I did a few years ago; I put myself in a position to have this process where I can hear carriers’ pitches and figure out what was the best possible chance for me to ultimately be productive and to ultimately be happy.

You weren't able to be recruited because you went straight to AT&T from Verizon. Have you enjoyed this recruiting process now?

I have enjoyed it. And I want to thank all four phones that I had an opportunity to sit down with and read what their specs were.

How many people know your decision right now?

Not many. It's a very, very small number. And I probably could count them on my fingers.

One hand or two hands?

Let's say one.

When did you decide?

I think I decided this morning. I mean, I decided this morning I went day to day. I wake up one morning, it's this phone. I wake up another morning, it's this phone.  But this morning I woke up, had a great conversation with my wife. Once I had that conversation with her, I think I was set.

So the last time you changed your mind was yesterday?

The last time I changed my mind was probably in my dreams. And when I woke up this morning I knew it was the right decision.

So does the carrier that you're going to, that you'll announce in a few minutes, do they know your decision?

They just found out.

They just found out?


So the other three, on pins and needles, they don't know; they'll be listening to this?


What was the major factor, the major reason in your decision?

I think the major factor and the major reason in my decision was the best opportunity for me to make and receive calls and to make and receive calls now and to make and receive calls into the future also.

Do you have any doubts about your decision?

No. I don't have any doubts at all.

Would you like to sleep on it a little longer, or are you ready to make this decision?

I've slept enough. Or the lack of sleep.

You've had everybody else biting their nails. So I guess it's time for them to stop chewing. The answer to the question everybody wants to know: David, what's your decision?

Effective today, this is very tough, starting today, I'm going to take my contract to Verizon Wireless and use the Motorola Droid X.

The Droid X?  That was the conclusion you came up with this morning?

That was the conclusion I woke up with this morning.


Like I said before, I feel like it's going to give me the best opportunity to make and receive calls and to surf the web for multiple years, and not only just to make and receive calls now, but also in the future. I felt that this was the best decision given all that is happening in the cell phone market.

Was it always in your plan to go with Verizon and the Droid X?

Well, I mean, I'm looking forward to it. To say it was always in my plans, I can't say it was always in my plans because I never thought it was possible.

But the things that the Verizon franchise have done to be able to create a reliable network and to be able to put themselves in a position this summer to have such great phones, it was hard to turn down. Those are two great phones (Droid X and HTC Incredible), two of the greatest phones we have in this game today.

How do you explain this to the people at AT&T?

I mean, it's heartfelt for me. You know, it's hard to explain, but at the same time my heart, in the two years I gave to that carrier, to that phone, it was everything.

What was the major reason for leaving the iPhone?

I don't even see it it's not like leaving iPhone is the whole logistic of it; it's about joining forces with a company that I feel like I respect their network the most. And I feel like we have a great chance of making and receiving calls for multiple years.

And if it was a perfect world, I would have loved to stay, because I've done so many great things with that iPhone, it’s done so many great things for me. But I feel like it's time to change.

And if you can't get enough LeBron Decision spoofing, check out the Steve Carell's Decision here.  
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