gated some of that demand because they do a lot of the same things,” he said.
Remarkably, for a place with no iPhones, there are already a large number of Dakotas-related iPhone apps, including maps of major cities, local weather, public records and local noxious weeds of the region.
The Bismarck Tribune is one of several local newspapers with an app. “Downloads have been pretty slow up until now,” Terry Alveshere, the paper’s online manager, said in an e-mail.
That is because few people went as far as Joel Broveleit, 37, of Sioux Falls, who drove to Nebraska and lied about his address to get an iPhone. “So I’ve had one probably longer than anyone in South Dakota,” he said.
He also discovered the downside of being the first on the block with the new toy: everyone wanted to play with it (he eventually disguised it in a special case to avoid attention).
But now, at least, the griping can end.
David Miller, 20, who is studying computer network security at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., said he had heard the occasional person threatening to move to a place where iPhones were not such foreign objects. But, he added, “I don’t think anyone I knew followed through.”