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AT&T iPhone Tethering to cost $30/month

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 | Business | 1 Comment

Macblogz reports, AT&T iPhone Tethering Plan Specifics, No Unlimited Plan?

Read the article, in summary:

  • Ralph De La Vega announced an official iPhone tethering plan
  • Supposedly, delayed because AT&T is paranoid about how the service will run on their network
  • 5GB Data Cap (just like blackberry users)
  • Initial connection through iTunes? (might be just initial setup)
  • Expected Speeds: GPRS: 30k – dialup speeds / EDGE: 110k – ISDN / 3g: 1000k – slow broadband
  • Will be $30 / month, new iPhone plans may roll out including tethering
  • Do not pro-rate tethering/bandwidth, it can become a nightmare, instead wait until new billing cycle (not sure how this will work)
  • Unlimited bandwidth = AT&T says to get a wireless PC Card
  • No ETA on launch
Some interesting points to watch out for…
A 5GB Data Cap?  We’re seeing bandwidth limits being expressed clearly, that’s one good thing.  On the flip side, they say this is a technical limitiation.  Is the 3G network not everything we had built it up to be?  The posting did say that cap may go down for all users (including blackberry) because of network congestion issues.
At least this doesn’t feel like AT&T is being “big brother” for profit, they are protecting their network.
$30 / month … ouch.  I know blackberry users are already paying this, but if you have an iPhone 3G with tethering, you are now paying $60 a month just for the privilege of the device.  That’s quite the premium to pay.
No idea on launch date — this means that Apple and AT&T have to find out a way to enable tethering natively on the iPhone in such a way that they can disable it if you hit your bandwidth cap.  This should be pretty interesting.  
What about the battery life of the iPhone after being used as a tethered connection?  I know we all use the wifi now, but with a tether we can use much more of the bandwidth — probably a fairly high tax on the battery.  
Of course, battery life isn’t a big deal if the iPhone is physically tethered to the laptop.  I haven’t seen anyone say anything about wireless tethering, just tethering.  Does this mean we need to connect the iPhone to the laptop?  Given the line about iTunes being required, maybe it requires the iPhone to connect to iTunes via USB to enable the tether?  

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iPhone 2.2 to be released on 11/21/2008?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

According to a “reliable” source of information in a german blog, the new iPhone OS will be available on November 21, 2008.

You can see the google translation here, iPhone OS v2.2 to be released on 21 November!, at iPhonehellas.gr.  

Some of the other features of the iPhone OS v2.2 are:

 

  • New look for the Safari with the Google search bar now occupying its own space on the title bar (iPhone v2.2 beta1)
  • Add toggle On / Off to disable the auto-correction (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
  • 461 Japanese emoji icons (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
  • Support for new languages.
  • The Line-in audio is activated and can be used through the headphone jack.
  • New features of Maps.app:
    • Google Street View (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
    • Google Transit information – Routes public transport (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
    • Walking directions (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
    • Location sharing.
  • New features of the App Store:
    • The sector ‘Categories’ now shows the icons of the applications instead of the list.
    • In each page of the application has been added by a button ‘Tell A Friend’ & ‘Report A Problem’.
    • Added the possibility of scoring the application when the user chooses to delete from the device (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
  • Added the possibility for direct downloading of podcasts from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store (iPhone v2.2 beta2).

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iPhone 2.2 Screenshots, Podcast Updates, and Tethering

Friday, November 7th, 2008 | Business | No Comments

Some new news has been uncovered.  In a post on AppleInsider.com, Sam Oliver writes about the new iPhone 2.2 screenshots.  

 

The screenshots (shown above) show a new podcast interface to the iTunes store. Additional changes (reported a while ago) include modifications to the categories screen.  The new screen includes larger icons.  Personally, I prefer having the one line, shorter height categories.  You can fit more on the screen.  

As far as tethering on the iPhone — my bones tell me that AT&T is conjuring up another fictional fee to place on the functionality.  When will the time end that we have to pay a company to stop blocking functionality?

Reported in AT&T: Tethering Coming to the iPhone Soon, on Technologizer — the AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph De La Vega just told an interviewer, Michael Arrington, that AT&T is working with Apple to let the iPhone server as a tethered wireless modem for laptops.

This disgusts me.  

First of all, there was an app already out there that let us do this.  Apple removed it.  

Second — aren’t we already paying through the nose for our iPhone?  I’m paying AT&T an additional $30 a month, just to use the iPhone.  

If you’re willing, jailbreak your phone, and install PdaNet for iPhone.  

Hey — AT&T — if you don’t want us jailbreaking the phone, try not to eliminate functionality, spend 3.5 months recreating it, and then charging us for it.

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G1 has arrived! Cheap, Familiar, Easy

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

The G1 is out today, you can check out the official site here, T-Mobile’sG1 Landing Page“.

I don’t have one.  So you won’t be getting a first hand perspective on the G1.  For that please go to Engadget, they usually do great jobs reviewing new toys (even check out their G1 section).

First off — the G1 is unlike the Apple iPhone, in that ANYONE can buy one.  That’s right, you don’t need to be a T-Mobile customer to purchase the G1.  

That’s a breath of fresh air.  We don’t have to activate it in store, we’re free to do whatever we want.

I just realized, that when using the keyboard on the G1, the trackball doubles as a mouse.  I know, it’s obvious to most people (I’m special).  It’s just like a mini laptop with one of those old trackballs.  

This IS a big deal.  Apple had to invent an entire new interface methodology for people to use the iPhone.  Yes, the iPhone interface is brilliant.  However the G1 interface is Familiar.  That’s right, something that doesn’t scare people away.  Something that developers are used to implementing and working with.  Something that means it will be much easier to port existing software packages to the — OPEN — platform.  

I know I’m a fan of the iPhone but this could give the iPhone a serious run for the money.  

It’s Cheap.

It’s available to Everyone.

It’s Familiar.

It’s Easy.

I hadn’t touched on that last one yet, easy.  In talking with one of my fellow iPhone friends the other day, I realized he hadn’t updated is iPhone 3G since he got it.  He was upset with the quality of the phone calls (as we all were at release).  He didn’t know you had to update it.  

I know what you’re saying — he should know to update it.  In actuality he’s one of the smartest people I know.  Perhaps he’s not the greatest person technicaly, but he is extremely intelligent.  

G1 has OTA updates.  That means Over The Air!  Over.  The.  Air.  When was the last time the iPhone did anything really over the air?  

Again, this update will be deployed to a much larger user base than an update on the iPhone (percentage wise), and it will affect the customer view of the device in a more positive way.

OTA.  I wish I had that.  As I type this my iPhone is tethered to my computer.

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Android and Silverlight will help the iPhone

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 | Personal | 1 Comment

So the #1 competition that the iPhone has, Google’s Android — and Apple’s big rival’s, Microsoft’s, rich web plug-in Silverlight — Will both help the iPhone?

Absolutely.

Lets all be honest here, Apple’s been holding control of the iPhone in too close.  We all have wanted GPS navigtion (real gps navigation), VOIP applications, alternative email applications, alternative podcasting apps, better browsing experience, and an overall better experience.

Until now, Apple had the final say on all of those things.  Preventing applications that competed with the iPhone’s core functionality, relenting to implement common technologies such as VOIP applications, Flash in Safari, and other nice to have’s.

With the Android platform out there, we can all bet it will soon have both Flash and Silverlight running.  It’s just a matter of time.  

Apple can’t afford to be so stringent, with a fairly capable competitor doing things that will gain it significant market share.

I love my iPhone, but if the Android gets flash and Silverlight (not that I’m a fan of Silverlight, but at least it’s something) — I’d probably give Apple a week or 2 to make an announcement, then go right out and get one.  Not only that, I’d happily leave AT&T for another provider. 

We all hope Apple sees this, and starts helping us out.

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iTunes 8.0.1 Released, Applications update!

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been having the problem that my iPhone’s applications don’t ever update in iTunes.  

I had submitted a request to Apple about it, they got back 48 hours later and pretty much told me to reinstall iTunes.  Thanks Apple, it only takes me about 18 hours to reinstall iTunes and add my 100 GB of media to the library.

The whole time, the applications have updated just fine on my iPhone.  

I even went as far as deleting applications from my library, and having them re-downloaded.  Turns out, unlike music, if you delete an application it just gets re-downloaded.  Why can’t they do this with music too?  I think it has something to do with the distribution of application updates.  

With the 8.0.1 release from Apple, my applications in iTunes finally all updated.  They downloaded in a few seconds, and the number that has been sitting next to “Applications” has finally disappeared.

Lets hope 2.2 isn’t far behind 8.0.1!

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Flash for the iPhone – Already developed by Adobe

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 | Personal | 1 Comment

Announced at Flash On The Beach, Adobe confirmed it is actively developing a Flash Player for the iPhone.

Broken (as far as I can tell) by Flash Magazine, on the post Flash For the iPhone Confirmed At FOTB.

Now lets hope it doesn’t suck too many batteries, is fully compatible with the standard flash browser, and Apple will graciously let Adobe deploy the Flash Player.

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iPhone 2.2 software coming soon?

Friday, September 26th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

In a photo posted at iphoneatlas.com (seen below), you can see some of the changes Apple has in store for the 2.2 update to the iPhone.

Please check out the article, Apple Debuts New Safari Interface in iPhone OS 2.2.

Why are we always so excited about this minor updates Apple releases?

I know I love getting new software in the hopes that it fixes some of the things I most find annoying.  Every release for me has “Copy Paste” in it.  Then I install, it doesn’t have the feature, so I assume it’s in the next one.

The whole point of this update CAN’T only be moving the Google search bar up, and the refresh icon over?  Can it?

If it is, we know for sure they’ll say “other fixes and security updates” in the patch.

Whenever I’ve deployed a website missing some importantly functionality, I’ve always spent the night up working on a fix for it.

Worse yet, what if Apple started charging iPhone users like they charge iPod Touch users?  I find it obnoxious that they charge those users to upgrade the software.  Perhaps this is part of a contract with ATT?  Not to release functionality developed for the iPhone for free to other Apple customers who aren’t paying the $30 a month for the “privilege” of owning an iPhone.

Here’s to hoping that the next release fixes more than the dreaded “Google search bar misplaced” bug (sarcasm).  Maybe I’ll have more time to work with actual web development topics, as opposed to the iPhone drama.

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G1 – Will it support flash?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 | Business, Personal | No Comments

One of the biggest questions I have right now, is will the G1 support flash?

The famous “Google Phone”, competing with the iPhone — so far I cannot confirm or reject the possibility that it supports flash.

The lack of flash support on the iPhone is my biggest problem with the phone.

Some other various pieces of information I have gathered, mostly negatives about the G1:

 

  • it is almost 30% thicker, 20% heavier
  • smaller screen
  • forces the user to use google accounts for email / contacts
  • does not sync with desktop applications 
The positive updates:
  • Built in compass (think of applications in Streetview, and other geospacial technologies)
  • Google Street View support
UPDATE 2008.09.23- According to Xbit laboratories in this article, the Google Android Phone will NOT be supporting flash.

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Finally, the new T-Mobile G1 at Engadget

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

Engadget has posted some hands-on coverage of the T-Mobile G1.

Can this device rival the iPhone?  

Based on the pure specs, yes:

  • WiFi
  • 3G
  • 3 Megapixel Camera (iPhone’s still stuck at 2)
  • Android Market
  • Amazon’s mobile MP3 store
  • Google Maps
  • Over the Air synchronization! (this is a big deal for me, I’m not sure how well it works, but why can’t my iPhone with WiFi access at least, synchronize over the air?)
  • PUSH Gmail support
  • Full QWERTY Keyboard
However, there are some problems:
  • All plastic
  • Screen doesn’t look as nice (my own personal opinion)
  • Just doesn’t look as nice overall
It’s important to note the differences, technically, it is a better phone.  Visually, the Android phones have always had image problems.  Something has to be said about the way Apple can make something that everyone else makes, look good.

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