Items tagged with iPhone 3G

Some may view smartphones as a necessity, but that doesn’t mean users are happy about the costs associated with the phone’s monthly data plan. iPhone users are especially among this group who don’t like the pricey data plans required for the phone. As the wireless industry continues to address the downturn in customer spending by offering lower priced service plans and phones, AT&T is holding its ground with the iPhone and required data plan that accompanies the phone despite increasing pressure from the industry and from consumers. Last month, AT&T wireless chief Ralph de la Vega said the company was considering a lower tier service plan for the iPhone that could include limits on how... Read more...
It’s been hyped and anticipated for months. Now, the new iPhone 3G S is finally being unveiled. Announced today at WWDC, the newest iPhone features improved speed and performance. More specifically, the iPhone 3G S is up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G because the iPhone 3G S takes advantage of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard for stunning high-quality 3D graphics. The new iPhone 3G S also supports 7.2 Mbps HSDPA for faster networking speeds.Additional features of the new iPhone include longer battery life, hands free voice control, and a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera with video recording capabilities. The new voice control features of the iPhone 3G S let you control both the iPhone and the... Read more...
This, friends, is the definition of "caught between a rock and a hard place." You see, AT&T is desperate to hang on to its iPhone exclusivity, particularly now that Verizon Wireless is reportedly looking to coerce Apple into producing a version for its CDMA network. On one hand, keeping the iPhone close to the chest enables AT&T to net loads of new customers; on the other, it forces the carrier to continually upgrade its networks to handle the influx of data usage. A tough spot to be in, clearly.According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, 5.9 million iPhone 3G handsets were activated on AT&T's network in the past three months, which amounts to a substantial 7.5% of its total... Read more...
If you thought the iPhone rumors would die down awhile after hearing that the next version may wind up with 802.11n support, you thought wrong. A new report from Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes has fueled the raging fire further, asserting that Apple looks to be shoring up iPhone 3Gs to sell off before the introducing of something new in June.For those somewhat out of the loop, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is slated to take place in early June, and it was this very event last year which saw the introduction of the current iPhone 3G. While we'd suggest taking everything this guy says with a pinch of salt, he's forecasting a "robust new product cycle for iPhones," not to mention... Read more...
Best Buy is offering a significant discount to members of its Reward Zone loyalty points program, for one week only. From Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, those who were members prior to Feb. 21st can get $50 off an iPhone 3G, or $100 off if you are a Premier Silver Member. Premier Silver Members are those who have spent $2,500 at Best Buy during a single calendar year; they are automatically upgraded from the normal membership level. Membership is free, by the way. This brings the price of an 8GB iPhone 3G to as low as $99, while a 16GB iPhone 3G would be $199 for a Premier Silver Member. These are discounts for new phones, not refurbished ones, as well. It's in-store only, however, and requires the obvious... Read more...
Another day, another iPhone 3G "oops."  Apple has just recently released the 2.1 software upgrade for the iPhone 3G, which seems to have fixed many of the issues with the device's 3G performance.  While it dodged a bullet in terms of recalling millions of phones, it still has to make a major recall: millions of the small, square-shaped power adapters shipped with the phones.As Apple said on the recall website:Apple has determined that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter's metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock.  We have received reports of detached blades involving a very small percentage of the... Read more...
One of the biggest laments iPhone users have about the iPhone is that it lacks voice dialing. How and when that key missing feature gets added is still open to speculation, but the engineers at AT&T Labs Research have at least been cooking up a way for developers to easily implement voice controlled applications for "multimedia devices with broadband access," such as the iPhone 3G. AT&T has developed a software framework that it calls the AT&T Watson Speech Mashup. Essentially, the Watson ASR (automatic speech recognition) engine is a Web-based service that developers can provide hooks to into their applications--ergo the "mashup." When someone uses one of these apps on a supported... Read more...
According to Apple it sold 1 million iPhone 3Gs in the first weekend of sales.  It also announced 10 million downloads from the App Store, many of which were free.Apple Inc. said Monday it has sold 1 million iPhones in the three days following the release of the latest model on Friday."IPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, in a statement Monday.But the launch was plagued by software problems. All the new iPhones had to connect to Apple's servers for activation, which quickly overloaded them. Lines of customers built in stores as employees were unable to get the phones working.Additionally, new software was released for the old iPhone, which... Read more...
What would you say if Steve Wozniak and his entourage cut in line in front of you?  Anything?What would you say, on the other hand, if they tried to "pretend" they waited in line overnight, for good PR, and THEN cut in line?In fact, according to Doug and Patrice Broussard, Woz actually never waited in line at all. The couple, who were there, said the Apple co-founder lounged on some of the mall's nearby sofas for about four hours and then ambled up to the front of the queue when the store opened at 8 a.m and simply cut in line. No discussion.And he wasn't alone. He had his posse in tow, say the Broussards, who photographed the Woz playing big shot. Didn't anybody say anything?No. Doug Broussard... Read more...
It seemed obvious, didn't it?  With the new in-store activation process, not only would it take longer, it would also be prone to the same sorts of server issues as last year, when customers would go home and be unable to activate.  Only this time, it would in the store.  Ah, the joys of early adoption.It seems that not only was the process taking a long time, now the servers have crashed, meaning that AT&T is sending people home unactivated.  As AT&T said:We have had reports that customers attempting to download new iTunes 7.7 software to their new iPhone may get an error message saying “page not found.” We have reported this issue to Apple. While Apple works to resolve... Read more...
Nine days and counting until the Apple iPhone 3G goes on sale in the U.S... Many plan on buying their first iPhone, while existing iPhone users ponder whether to upgrade to the new phone or not. Rumors and speculation abound as to how much AT&T will charge for its service plans and what features will come with those plans. We've taken it upon ourselves to address some of the rumors and issues below...1) Rumor: AT&T will charge iPhone 3G customers more than it charges other AT&T non-iPhone customers.False: AT&T offers four different individual calling plans for its phones, and the same rates and features apply to all of them, whether they are iPhones or not. The only difference... Read more...
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