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6 years ago

iPhone 3G Switzerland, Finland, and Denmark: Plans and Prices

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iPhone 3G Switzerland, Finland, and Denmark: Plans and Prices

TeliaSonera and their Norwegian subsidiary, Netcom, are pretty much dropping Ragnorok onto Scandinavians who dared hope for reasonable price plans, but how about Finland?

Small plans start at €31.69 for 100 min, 100 SMS, and 100 MB of data, with €159 for an 8GB handset and €385 for 16GB.

Large plans are €89.99 for 1000/1000/1000, with a €1 8GB and a €85 16GB.

US$142 for 1GB of data?

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6 years ago

App-solute Deadline: July 7th or Miss the Launch!

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App-solute Deadline: July 7th or Miss the Launch!

The App Store will officially launch alongside the iPhone 3G on July 11th, but what's going to be available? We've seen the highlights. Super Monkey Ball. Ebay. Twitteriffic. Loopt. But a handful of Apps do not a Store make. Apple will need some volume and to get it... they've imposed a deadline!

Yup, of the fraction of developers who've been accepted into the program, only those who have their final release uploaded to Apple's servers by 12PM PDT on July 7th will be eligible for App Store launch. (And even then, there's no apparent guarantee Apple will approve you in time for that most auspicious of occasions.)

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in the USA & Canada: Get Out of T-Mo Free and Rogers Still Reeling

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iPhone 3G in the USA & Canada: Get Out of T-Mo Free and Rogers Still Reeling

Sister site WMExperts brings word that T-Mobile is raising the a la carte price of SMS text messages to an exorbitant $.20 per 160 characters (sadly, an industry average...) While they have their theories as to why tiny text qualifies for thousands of dollars per meg of data charges, others only really care about one thing:

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0 + iTunes 7.7 Video Walkthrough!

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iPhone 2.0 + iTunes 7.7 Video Walkthrough!

Those lucky... bloggers over at Gizmodo have scored a video walkthrough of both the iPhone 2.0 software (build 5A345) and the matching iTunes 7.7 developers received last week. What say they?

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G + Cancellation Cheaper than Un-Contracted iPhone 3G

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iPhone 3G + Cancellation Cheaper than Un-Contracted iPhone 3G

I'll admit that when I saw the prices for the iPhone 3G sans contract ($599 for the 8gig and $699 for the 16gig), I was disheartened. It turns out these prices are a actually more surreal than they appear at first blush. Gizmodo did some math and figured out the following: it is cheaper to just buy an iPhone 3G and sign up for the contract, pay the activation fee, then cancel the contract immediately and pay the early termination fee. Check it out:

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6 years ago

iPhone in Hong Kong: Only 500 Available at Launch?!

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iPhone in Hong Kong: Only 500 Available at Launch?!

Whoa! Looks like Hong Kong's kung fu may not be as good as we thought it was. While their rates aren't terrible, it doesn't seem like many people will actually be able to enjoy them, least not at launch!

Reader Janric sent this in:

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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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