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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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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Canada: Ridiculous Rogers Rates Raise Revolt

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iPhone 3G in Canada: Ridiculous Rogers Rates Raise Revolt

We've done our share of protesting the plan rates released by Canada's GSM monopoly, and therefor de facto iPhone 3G exclusive carrier, Rogers Wireless. But we're hardly alone. Reports have even surfaced of angry consumers egging Rogers retail stores.

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6 years ago

Me.com Email Trickling to Life?

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Me.com Email Trickling to Life?

.Mac has been up and down again over the last few days, which is nothing new, but this time it seems like the transition to MobileMe might actually have begun. Some people are reportedly able to receive mail at the me.com version of their alias (meaning name@mac.com is already mapping to name@me.com for some).

I just tried it, and received an "illegal alias" error for my trouble. Is it working yet for you?

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6 years ago

iPhone Apps: iTunes Remote Control Free from Apple?

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iPhone Apps: iTunes Remote Control Free from Apple?

iPhone 2.0 and its App Store are almost upon us, and while deep-delving every new SDK/firmware beta has revealed many a gem before, this time it's the Read Me file from the new, developer-only, iTunes 7.7 beta that's giving up the goodness:

Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home -- a free download from the App Store.

YES!

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6 years ago

This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, June 28th Edition

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, June 28th Edition

Not evil twin to theiPhoneBlog.com Week in Review, not an invasion by Fake Steve, This Week in Smart Phone Schadenfreude brings you all the feel-better news you need about the smartphone world outside Apple’s current media dominator. (Who knew there was such a world? We were just as surprised! Inelegant, interface challenged, keyboardy, crashy, single-touchy place — best not to linger…). Join us as we mock review the big news from last week at our sister sites. Everybody loves sibling rivalry!

In this week's edition: Boldly late... and on strike, WinMob vs. Android, more Windows raves, and Real Ed vs. Fake Steve!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Scandinavia: Swed Data Rates? Norway!

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iPhone 3G in Scandinavia: Swed Data Rates? Norway!

Two of the Scandinavian nations have just released their iPhone 3G plans. First up is TeliaSonera, with iMini plans starting with 18 month contracts at 299 SEK for 100 min./SMS/MB, with 8GB handsets for 2495 SEK and 16GB for 3295 SEK. iMidi is 250/250/250, and topping out with iMaxi at 859 SEK for 1000/1000/1000 and handsets for 1395 SEK or 2195 SEK.

There's an iMidi plan as well, and 2-year contracts gets a handset discount. Still, that a US$145 a month obligation for 1GB of data... Ouch.

But it's not as bad as Netcom in Norway! iTalk Small is 399 NOR for 100/100/100, with 1390 NOR or 2290 NOR for the handset, and iTalk Large is 1099 NOR for 1000/1000/1000 with 1 NOR or 890 NOR for the handset. That's $221 a month for 1GB!

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6 years ago

In Store iPhone 3G Activation to Use Special iTunes Mode?

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In Store iPhone 3G Activation to Use Special iTunes Mode?

Given how kick-in-the-crotch fake the last supposed leaked memo from Rogers (the Canadian GSM monopoly and exclusive iPhone 3G carrier) was, I'm taking this with a Rockies-sized grain of salt. If even remotely accurate, however, it looks like:

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