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AT&T drops iPhone 3GS to $49 – Don’t Bite!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

In an obvious move to lock some more people into 2 year contracts, AT&T dropped the iPhone price to $49 from $99. Why fret over $50 when you are talking a 2 year $500 contract, with cancellation fees of around $300.

Don’t buy in, wait for the new Verizon iPhone announcement.

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Verizon iPhone – To be announced 1/11/11?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

According to an article on CNET,  When will Apple announce a Verizon iPhone, rumors are circulating at CES that Apple is holding a press event on 1/11/11.

The article also says Apple is limiting vacation and time off in Apple stores for January and February.

All signs point to FINALLY!

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Wired: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown (attfail)

Monday, July 19th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

This weekend in between the many activities I got a chance to sit down with my Wired magazine and read an article that has just been posted online, Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown.

An excerpt from the article:

For iPhone fans, it really was too good to be true. A pair of Apple executives had just described the latest model of the iPhone — the 3GS — onstage at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009. The audience loved it. The 3GS was twice as fast as its predecessor, it included a camera that shot video, and the updated iPhone operating system enabled multimedia messaging and tethering — the ability to use the phone as a modem. Just one problem: While many customers in Europe and Asia could enjoy all those features, AT&T, the iPhone’s sole US carrier, wouldn’t allow video messaging or tethering at launch. In other words, the most advanced features wouldn’t be available to AT&T customers. What’s more, some current iPhone users who wanted to upgrade wouldn’t get the subsidies that new customers enjoyed. Incensed iPhone fanatics vented their fury on Twitter. “AT&T has been one disappointment after another.” “Is AT&T trying to squeeze more money from us poor suckers?” And they punctuated their complaints with a hashtag — the Twitter convention for grouping conversations — that became an eight-character protest slogan: #attfail.

Overall a recommended read, the article is well written and thorough in analyzing the relationship since inception.

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iPhone 4 Fix may have been revealed?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

According to an article on TheStreet, Apple iPhone 4 Fix Revealed:

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple(AAPL) has a “fix” for the iPhone 4 antenna problem after all. Now the problem becomes how the company will handle the replacement or repairs of the 3 million phones already sold.

Instead of defending its “there’s no problem” stanceanticipated at a special press conference Friday, Apple is likely to announce that it has a solution.

Apple has created “a design fix for the iPhone 4 that more adequately insulates the transceiver,” said Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who spoke to the company’s manufacturing partners.

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iPhone 4: Signal Frustrations

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet.

That says a lot for me.  For the past 3 years, I have lined up at Apple stores as soon as I could to buy the product.  Most of the time I was there the morning of the launch before the new toy launched.

I am the target demographic.  At least for launch, I am.  Every year I shell out about $400 for a new iPhone.  I renew my AT&T contract annually (for 2 years), and will purchase tons of apps (I had 8 screens before folders).  I am an early adopter, and have seen the iPhone sold for fractions of the initial price only months after launch.

I still don’t have an iPhone 4

What’s the big reason this year?  Well there are a few reasons:

  • It really is expensive to buy a new iPhone every year, and it’s taking longer to rationalize the irrational purchase.
  • What if the iPhone actually ends up on Verizon?  I don’t want to pay an additional $375 to leave AT&T (when my monthly contract is already $190 a month)
  • Signal issues — my current iPhone 3GS requires that I turn off 3G service in order to use it during the day (and not drop a call).  I shouldn’t have to do that
  • More signal issues — after hearing about signal issues, I am happy I have not jumped on the bandwagon yet.  If every time I touched that corner of the phone I spend the whole day on and off of — it disconnected, I would be VERY unhappy.
  • Apps need to change — the biggest upgrades of the new iOS 4 require apps to change more than the phone
  • Where’s my 4G?  If download speeds were faster, I’d have jumped on — but upload speeds are just faster, and even that is proving tough.
  • Micro SIM – Yes, this is a big issue for me.  I love the new Micro SIM, but it means I can’t just pop the SIM card and put it in an old iPhone.  I’d be losing all my old phones that I test apps and websites out on (yes, they all behave different, and I prefer it to an emulator sometimes)
  • Facetime? – It’s cool, but only on WiFi, and the other user has to be an iPhone 4 user

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iPhone on Verizon: AT&T is dreaming, and some advice

Friday, July 2nd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

An article on Bloomberg Businessweek quoted an analyst, Timothy Horan:

“We are very confident about our position with exclusivity or without,” Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, said in an interview. “We’re not dependent on a single smartphone to be competitive, we offer a lot of great devices.”

About 70 percent of AT&T’s customer base is in a Family Talk plan, which has a high rate of retention, Ralph de la Vega, the carrier’s head of wireless, said in May.

“For Verizon, it will largely be selling the iPhone to existing customers,’”

That’s nice.  Glad you just got a nice big check from AT&T, enjoy the July 4th weekend spending it.

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iPhone on Verizon!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I wish I could play music on this blog.  You’d hear “Hallelujah” loud and clear.

According to Bloomberg (heard this on the radio last night, and read it today) — Verizon Wireless will start selling the iPhone next year (supposedly January).  I wish it would be sooner, but at least we have something to look forward to.

I am Happy.

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AT&T Suspended iPhone 4 Pre-orders!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Wow – too much demand.  I’m sure AT&T thought it would be popular, but did they underestimate it?  I wonder what this means for Apple?  Is the demand that much higher than expected?  Does Apple just want me to write that, and is this just a marketing ploy?

From the WSJ news alert:

AT&T stopped taking advance orders for Apple’s iPhone 4 just one day after orders started, citing inventory issues and unexpectedly high demand. The carrier is suspending the orders “in order to fulfill the orders we’ve already received,” it said in a statement.

The suspension comes a day after a crush of traffic paralyzed AT&T and Apple’s websites on the first day of pre-orders, leaving many unable to reserve the new iPhone ahead of time while some customers inadvertently ended up on others’ account pages.

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AT&T iPhone: How to fix dropped calls!

Friday, June 11th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Until about two weeks ago I was dropping calls every day.  After trying this fix, I haven’t had a dropped call since.

I don’t know if it’s a problem with my iPhone 3GS, or AT&T — but I know the fix works.

Here’s the fix… on  your iPhone do the following:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Network
  4. Turn “Enable 3G’ to OFF

That’s right.  With 3G disabled, I haven’t had a dropped call.  With it enabled, I drop a call on a daily basis (if not more).

Sad it’s come to disabling 3G to be able to have a conversation on my iPhone.

Now every day at about 8am I turn my 3G off (I’m on wifi anyway) and turn it back on when I leave the house later on around 5 or 6.

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iPhone 4: WWDC Demo by Steve Jobs, Video Chat announced

Monday, June 7th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Today, June 7, 2010, Steve Jobs demoed the new iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010 in SanFrancisco.  iPhone 4 comes out on June 24th

Here are some pieces of information we have been given about the new device:

  • iPhone 4
  • 24% thinner than current iPhone 3GS
  • Mute button looks more reliable (mine always changes in my pocket)
  • Front Facing camera
  • Two mics
  • New Design (the one that was leaked)
  • Metal band around the phone is 2 antennas: Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS — UMTS / GSM
  • Pixel density increased, now a 960×640 display (existing applications already take advantage of this) — called Retina Display
  • An outward facing LED flash
  • 326 dpi screen (better than the human eye can see)
  • 802.11n Support
  • Gyroscope (this is a HUGE deal)
  • 720p at 30fps video recording
  • 5 Mega Pixel camera upgrade (and some other fancy ways that makes their camera better than everyone elses … of course)
  • Extended battery life: 7 hours 3G talk, 6 hrs 3G data, 12.5 days of standby time
  • Upgraded video editing — looks almost like a mini Final Cut :) — quite the large functionality set for a mobile device
  • iMovie for the iPhone will cost $4.99 at the App Store (uh oh, charging for their own functionality)
  • iPhone OS 4 (of course)
  • Video Chat! – over WiFi only, called FaceTime

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