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6 years ago

56% of Would-be Smartphone Buyers Lusting After iPhone 3G

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56% of Would-be Smartphone Buyers Lusting After iPhone 3G

What's this year's new hottie in Smartphone-ville? (Not) Surprisingly, the same as last year's, only this time all dressed up in 3G chic.

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in the Netherlands: T-Mobile Plans and Prices

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iPhone 3G in the Netherlands: T-Mobile Plans and Prices

Current German and Austrian iPhone carrier, T-Mobile pushes its way into the lowlands with news on their upcoming Netherlands iPhone 3G rates:

Cheaper plans start at €29,95 for 150 min, 150 SMS, and unlimited data, with €79.95 for an 8GB handset, and €159.95 for 16GB.

Premium plans end at €64.95 for 500/500/unlimited, with €1 for an 8GB and €19.95 for the 16GB.

T-Mobile WiFi Hotspot access is also thrown in gratis.

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6 years ago

Updated Again! Re: $1100 Cancelation Fee: Happy Canada Day! But Still Not For iPhone 3G Plans!

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Updated Again! Re: $1100 Cancelation Fee: Happy Canada Day! But Still Not For iPhone 3G Plans!

UPDATE: Rogers has posted early-cancellation fees for their already ridiculously expensive iPhone price plans, and not surprisingly they appear at first glance to be stratospherically high: (ii) $1100 or (iii) $220 per month remaining in the service agreement, to a maximum of 400

The 400 there, as well as this thread on iPhoneinCanada.ca, makes it look like a typo -- ironically Rogers money grabbing reputation is what probably made people think otherwise initially.

UPDATE 2: Yup, it was a typo. $100 and $20 were (and now are) the correct figures. Ouch. Could Rogers have picked a worse time to be sloppy about their dollar figures? If nothing else, it certainly increased the scrutiny they were already under.

Now, if only Rogers would fix the typos on the data rate plans. I'm sure it's not really supposed to read $115 for 2GB, but $30 unlimited, right?

Thanks to rwwilliams for letting us know they fixed it!

Confederation Day, the day when everyone from Pacific to Atlantic, from frozen north to the US border, came together and voiced their common disgust for... GSM monopoly Rogers/Fido iPhone 3G data plans.

We've already covered them, of course. And the reactions to them, domestic and in news reports from the US and Europe. And Rogers' PR panic, involving everyone from their VP to outside contractors sending out spin as ineffective as it is impenetrable. Heck, even Crackberry.com is feeling our pain!

One local petition, ruinediphone.com, hoping for some rate plan redress, has now reached 22,000+ signatures (though it did go down, and has since come up, though scattered reports indicate those who use Rogers for their internet connection can't get to it... hmmm...)

Will it have any effect? Common sense and international embarrassment hasn't, but there's still just over a week until launch day on July 11, so there's still time for Rogers to come to their senses.

Little help, Ted?

And for those non-Canadians curious about our holiday, those who appreciate pointed humor, or just those who want to skip to 3:25 for a healthy dose of Rogers hate, please enjoy the video following after the break:

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Mexico: Telcel Tells Pricing and Plans!

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iPhone 3G in Mexico: Telcel Tells Pricing and Plans!

Not to be outdone by the Kings of Hong Kong, Mexico's Telcel has also revealed what they're going to be beating, piñata-style, out of the subscribers for the honor of owning El Jobso's iPhone 3g.

Low end plans start at US$36 for 200 min, 100 SMS, and 100MB of data (!), with US$311 for the 8GB handset and US$434 for the 16GB

High end tops out at US$79 for 700/250/Unlimited data with a FREE 8GB handset or $123 for the 16GB.

Strangely the middle plans offer paltry 150MB/200MB data caps for $49 and $59, while $79 nets you unlimited?!

Still, Mexico seems to have landed much closer to AT&T's side of North America than Rogers...

Thanks to Keith for the tip!

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6 years ago

Say Hello to... iSlider?

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Say Hello to... iSlider?

Could Steve Jobs be secretly developing and testing a slide-out keyboard version of the iPhone to make certain tic-tactile thumb typing enterprise customers happy? Sure. And he could be getting ready to license OS X to Dell and switch out the Mac casings to the little beige box company.

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6 years ago

Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D: Want

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Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D: Want

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6 years ago

Apple Posts iPhone 3G Guided Tour

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Apple Posts iPhone 3G Guided Tour

The man with the enormously big hands is back, baby!

Apple has posted a new Guided Tour video, highlight the new form and features of the upcoming iPhone 3G.

For those keeping track, following on a Keynote and the release of software updates (OS X 10.5.4 last night, the beta for iTunes 7.7 along with SDK beta 8 last week, etc.), Guided Tour videos are usually the next indicator that Steve Jobs is readying to break the final seal, on the final sign, of iPhone launch.

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6 years ago

AT&T Reveals iReady, Full iPhone Prices, More

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AT&T Reveals iReady, Full iPhone Prices, More

AT&T has apparently been watching Roger's desperate, retreat-action PR spin and thinking, "Yeah, let's not do that." So instead they've done something typical and something a little surprising. The typical thing: they've issued a press release with some crunchy details, including:

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Hong Kong: 3 Unleashes Plans and Prices

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iPhone 3G in Hong Kong: 3 Unleashes Plans and Prices

Proving their kung-fu is far better than Canada's or Scandinavia's, Hutchison Telecom's 3 brand just kicked out some positively Confucian price points:

With a 2 year contract, the low end plan will run you just HK$188 (a WOW-inducing US$24!!) for 500/500/500 (minutes, heart-to-heart minutes, and data megs), along with 25 MMS and 15 SMS (+ unlimited intra-SMS), and HK$2938 for the 8GB handset and $3738 for the 16GB.

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Canada: Rogers Spinning in PR Panic?

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iPhone 3G in Canada: Rogers Spinning in PR Panic?

Given the massive, and increasingly -- embarrassingly -- international outcry over Canadian GSM monopoly and thus de facto iPhone 3G exclusive carrier, Rogers' expensive and decidedly limited pricing plans, is it any wonder they've gone into full blown PR panic mode?

(If the below is legitimate, of course).

Thanks to sister site'r Crackberry Kevin for sending this our way!

Hello. My name is [redacted] and I'm writing on behalf of Rogers to give you some additional information about the Rogers rate plans available for the iPhone. The iPhone 3G bundles released June 27 are not the only price plans available to customers, they are the high value plans that allow Rogers customers to use the device to its fullest and offer considerable savings over separate voice and data plans that exist in market today.

Keep reading for the rest!

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6 years ago

The iPhone 3G Giveaway Continues, As Does the Wait-a-Thon

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6 years ago

iPhone to be Sold at Radio Shack and Best Buy?

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iPhone to be Sold at Radio Shack and Best Buy?

Mobile Mag is reporting that the iPhone 3G may be sold at Radio Shack and Best Buy. Best Buy we can see -- Apple's already been making inroads there. Radio Shack, though, ...ugh. Sure, since the iPhone 3G is being sold pretty much just like any other smartphone now, it's not crazy that it could be sold by any of the usual suspects -- Radio Shacks, Mall Kiosks, that one guy down the street who inexplicably has an AT&T store in his garage. But... Radio Shack? Maybe I'm old, but I remember a time when Radio Shack had, you know, electronic parts and wasn't the laughing stock it is today.

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6 years ago

iPhone Risk: China Mobile Back in the Mix?

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iPhone Risk: China Mobile Back in the Mix?

If it's a day that ends in a "y", then its likely the status of the Apple / China Mobile talks has changed! On again/off again seems to be on again, with reports now saying the obstacles have been hurdled, the chasm bridged, the bamboo curtain rolled up to let in some sun.

But can China Mobile beat competitor China Unicom, or even the massive gray market, to the punch?

Only time, and probably a bazillion more flip flops, will tell.

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6 years ago

CEOh-Snap! Jobs to Get Old, Seidenberg Already Senile?

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6 years ago

Happy 1st Birthday iPhone!

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Happy 1st Birthday iPhone!

One year ago today people were lining up outside Apple Stores. Woz was handing out snacks. El Jobso was making surprise cameos. Scoble was screaming. Leo was chatting up the Google devs. Mossberg was flaunting his demo. Colbert was begging for his. Vloggers were vlogging and boy-oh-boy bloggers were blogging. The mainstream media was going gaga. Mike was live at the Mall of America. Dieter was right here, online, keeping us all up to date.

It was launch day USA. The original iPhone. 2G. Premium priced. Industry changing. Handset revolutionizing. Universe denting.

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