iPhone Service Plan Details Announced

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 09:42
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You’re ready for the iPhone.
According to Macworld UK, some of you have already started camping outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York.
The rest of you might be planning to call in sick on Friday with a newly invented disease that has absolutely nothing do to with wanting to snag an iPhone.
More importantly, Apple and AT&T have revealed the details for the three service plans they’ve created for the iPhone.
According to iLounge, all three plans include unlimited data, Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, rollover minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling.
Plan 1 (US$60/month):
-Includes 450 anytime minutes and 5,000 night and weekend minutes.
Plan 2 (US$80/month):
-Includes 900 anytime minutes and unlimited night and weekend minutes.
Plan 3 (US$100/month):
-Includes 1,350 anytime minutes and unlimited night and weekend minutes.
The plans are based on a two-year contract with AT&T and include a one-time US$36 activation fee.
The announcement also mentioned that family plans were also available, but didn’t offer details as to these.
For everyone camping out or eager to snag an iPhone come Friday afternoon, good luck and let us know how it goes.

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iPhone, WII Highlight New Sensitivity to Touch

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:56
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It’s been a very good year for touch and movement in the latest and greatest tech products.

A trio of technologies – touch screens, accelerometers and force feedback – have been around for a long time, but sort of as the Rodney Dangerfield of the industry. They’ve just never gotten much respect.

Now they’re being hailed for kicking off a new era in personalized computing, one in which you have a more intimate connection with the gadget you’re using. Consumers nowadays are seeking a visceral, physical relationship with their electronic devices.

The Apple iPhone’s use of a touch screen to dial numbers is inspiring other cell phone makers to employ the screens as well. Particularly useful is the concept of “multi-touch,” where the screen can sense touch from multiple fingers.

SiliconValley.com – Takahashi: Giving tech a new feel

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First iPhone Retail Units Arrive in America

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:08
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The first retail units of Apple’s upcoming iPhone handset have finally arrived in the United States this past weekend. An unknown number of units were quietly delivered to a handful of drop locations to be distributed to nearly 2,000 Apple and AT&T locations.
According to AppleInsider, the iPhones arrived via a Hong Kong-based air courier which services Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The cargo arrived in enough time to clear customs as well as sort through any unexpected delays.
Sources stated that each shipment was greeted by armed personnel that had been hired by Apple through the courier’s ground handling agent and then cleared by the Transportation Security Administration. The units were then broken down and loaded onto outbound ground transportation.
It’s currently unclear as to where the iPhones will be stored over the next few days before they go on sale Friday at 6:00 PM, albeit they could wind up in the stockrooms of various retail locations. In the meantime, Apple has reportedly begun informing its retail personnel that no cameras of any kind — such as cell phone cameras or built-in iSight cameras on laptops, will be allowed within stock room areas of its retail locations.
No matter how you slice it, Friday should be interesting.

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HungryFlix.com Announces Downloadable Content for iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 13:16
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On Monday, online video distributor HungryFlix.com officially announced support for Apple’s upcoming iPhone handset. The site, which distributes user-submitted content, currently supports formats for devices such as the iPod, Apple TV and the Sony PSP.
HungryFlix currently sells its downloadable content at prices starting at US$0.99 and features feature length and short films, documentaries, animations, special interest titles, sports, how-to and music videos.

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AT&T to Impose US$175 Early Cancelation Fee for iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 25th, 2007, 09:20
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You’re looking forward to the iPhone‘s release on Friday.
And you’ve given somewhat consideration to naming your first-born child “iPhone”.
According to an article on boston.com, this might be an expensive choice to get out of.
In addition to spending US$50 million to beef up its wireless network, the Boston Globe has discovered that AT&T plans to charge customers who break their two-year iPhone contracts a US$175 early termination fee. While an early termination fee is somewhat common, these are usually put into place to help wireless providers recoup subsidies and discounts offered to customers agreeing to go with the service.
According to JupiterResearch analyst Michael Gartenberg, who termed the early termination fee “a little odd”, the fee seems like a bid by AT&T to boost its revenues by providing an obstacle to cancelation and hanging onto more affluent customers for as long as possible.
AT&T has yet to disclose how it will handle or charge customers under existing contracts who want to upgrade to the iPhone early and swap out their current plan in exchange of one offered with the iPhone.

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iPhone Guided Tour Now Online

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 13:24
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Reader Michael Long just pointed out the following:
A twenty-minute Quicktime guided tour of Apple’s new iPhone is now available online at their web site, illustrating nearly all of the phone’s features and functions. Go and see the tour here.
If you’re curious and can’t get enough of the iPhone between now and the 171 hours until it’s released, take a gander.

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PureMobile Offering Unlocked iPhones

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Date: Friday, June 22nd, 2007, 08:44
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The iPhone’s coming out in a week.
You already knew that.
And whether it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread or not, you already have a clear idea as to what you want from the device. For those of you who demanded an unlocked unit, your prayers may be answered.
According to cnet’s news blog, retailer PureMobile looks to be touting unlocked eight gigabyte iPhones on its web site.
If completely kosher, an unlocked iPhone could be used on any GSM carrier as opposed to running exclusively on AT&T’s network.
Currently, the web site only declares that the iPhone is “coming soon” and doesn’t offer a price, but alerts the user that shipping will either be US$19 or US$29 depending on delivery speed selected.
Though an impressive idea, it’s also important to note that an unlocked iPhone will be subject to the same quibbles as all other unlocked phones in that while it will be able to make calls without any problems, data features won’t work out of the box. To date, no alternate carriers have come forth with any plans regarding this issue.
Stay tuned for further details on this developing story.

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iPhone to Integrate YouTube Access

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Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2007, 10:22
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While it’s unknown as to whether the iPhone will walk the dog or consistently predict tomorrow’s winning lottery numbers, it will be able to access YouTube content.
According to cnet’s Crave blog, the upcoming cell phone will feature “a special YouTube player that you can launch right from the home screen.” Leaked photos have also shown a specific “YouTube” button in the main menu interface.
The iPhone is slated for release on Friday at June 29th at 6 PM at various AT&T and Apple retail locations. Check your local outlet for additional details.

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iPhone Killer App

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Date: Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 10:56
Category: iPhone

The killer app for the iPod was iTunes. The killer app for the iPhone is Safari. The iPhone will be first and foremost a web browsing machine.
How can that be? It uses the lame Edge network to connect! OK. What does the iPhone do best? Its the screen baby. The whole face of the thing is a screen and it will orient itself. It will presumably leave the expensive and slow AT&T network in favor of a wifi hotspot as soon as it sniffs out a signal. Lots of fast free and pay hotspots out there including your own home and work. Nobody else had the clout to negotiate this kind of user friendly behavior with a telco. This is where the iPhone will shine. It is first and foremost a computer with an intuitive interface and great graphical display. Everything else is either a vegetable or the spice in the stew. The iPhone relies on Safari in many ways.
Secondly, its an iPod. Like a super graphical nano. It has limited capacity like the nano and its even smaller. Smaller? Presumably you need to carry a phone anyway so it takes up no room on your person.
Its a camera. Not a useless VGA but 2 megapixels. But, with that big screen it is finally the photo album you needed to have in your pocket. It really is the screen that makes the iPhone. iPhoto could become the second killer app for the iPhone. I think iLife needs to come to Windows for lots of reasons.
Apple needs to do something more with iCal, maybe team up with Google to get the calendar function more useful. You can’t hit iPhone buyers with the high price of .mac on top of the purchase price and the two year service contract.
Oh, and it is a phone. Smartphone keyboards are horrid little things. Touch screen text entry is no fun. Pick your poison.
Seems like the battery problem will be the same as with the iPod. People seem to deal with keeping their iPods charged up, but as the device gets older the capacity drops and battery replacement is an expensive hassle. Apple needs to anticipate this and have loaners or a swap available for battery replacement at the stores. This applies equally to potential touch-screen problems.
Memory is the same old, same old. All iPods have fixed amounts and you always want more!

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Palm Hires Former Apple Engineer in Bid to Compete With iPhone

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 12:52
Category: iPhone

Palm and Apple Sitting in a TreePalm Inc., the maker of hand-held computers, has hired a top Silicon Valley software designer as it seeks to respond to the challenge posed by Apple’s new iPhone.

The designer, Paul Mercer, a former Apple computer engineer, began work three weeks ago at Palm on a line of new products, a company spokeswoman said, but she declined to comment further on the project.

Mr. Mercer, 39, joined Palm with two employees from Iventor, the independent design firm that he headed in Palo Alto, Calif., but Palm did not acquire the company, said the spokeswoman, Marlene Somsak. Palm is based in nearby Sunnyvale.

Palm Responds to the iPhone – New York Times

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