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iPhone 3G

Discussion in 'Community Broadband & Computers' started by dcdavis, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Actually, according to the Steve Jobs' keynote, Touch users will be able to upgrade to the 2.0 software for $9.95. Also, I thought the new software was going to be available on July 11, same as the new phone, since essentially, the new phone will already have the new software...
     
  2. Twriter

    Twriter Get a Mac!

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    You're probably right. I was going by memory on that and my memory is not reliable anymore (sigh). I re-checked the MacRumors site that I got my keynote info from and I found where I got the number 20. I misread the new software number (2.0). That's what I get for trying to work and sneak peeks at the keynote transcript.

    --- John B.
     
  3. esubscribe

    esubscribe Gadget Freak!

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  4. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    well what you are seeing is the iphone moving towards a carrier subsidized price plan.

    The iphone's original data plan was a sweetheart deal... this is just coming back to reality. With the phone being more carrier subsidized, you should see eventually the prices approaching other handsets where the price really moves with the age and demand.
     
  5. alainshep

    alainshep New Member

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    I don't know why people are whining about an extra $10.

    My data plan is $39.99 on At&t.
     
  6. Lee

    Lee Permanent Vacation

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  7. Twriter

    Twriter Get a Mac!

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    Here's another difference between the original data plan and the new one: the new plan doesn't include any SMS messages, whereas the old one included 200.
    http://gizmodo.com/5015540/iphone-3gs-true-price-compared

    Gizmodo's figures when you factor in the new phone price and the new plan prices, the new phone is a total of $160 more than the original over the two-year contract period.
    I'm still gonna get one. Because we have five people to put on a plan and three of them are teenagers, I'm going to spend the $30 on the unlimited SMS messages for the family.

    The new phone has a plastic back instead of the metal back on the original. Hopefully this will improve signal strength. My son likened the metal back to a Faraday cage, noting that his peers at Briar Woods who have AT&T service can make calls from almost anywhere in the school, whereas the few iPhone users have to go to the periphery (windows and doors) to get a connection.

    --- John B.
     
  8. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    Charging for SMS is such bs. I think I read an article about how it costs NASA less to beam back data from the Hubble Telescope than it costs to send piddly SMS messages. I loathe cell phone carriers and their crap plans! The data usage of voice traffic (since it's all digital now) is exponentially greater than the max message size of a SMS message. *sigh*
     
  9. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    well... prices are not always reflective of cost but of what the service they are offering and what the market will bear.

    Providers use messaging revenue to recover the income they gave away with the voice plans.
     
  10. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    ...? you're defending the cell phone companies... are you feeling ok? =)
     
  11. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    Just business in general.

    The idea that a product is sold for only cost+small margin is only true in SOME industries. Most live on very health margins where pricing is not dictated by cost but other conditions.

    Do all those products on TV really all cost the same so they all magically sell for $19.95?? :D
     
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  13. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    I just downloaded Cellity to my iPhone, works pretty good so far, free SMS and has some other goodies for free...you can find it for free and others at getjar.com...also, free iPhone ring tones at myxer.com....
     
  15. joerig

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    I just played around with one this week....the touch screen is still not as responsive as the iPhone and surfing the internet was painful...it's a nice phone, and Sprint needs all the help they can get, but it's no iPhone killer...more like a gnat...
     
  16. Baywatch68

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    I make my own ringtones for my iPhone through Garageband.
     
  17. neo_mra_ct

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    I was one of the dorks out there standing in line opening day for the first Iphone, yes I know. Since that day, I have shut it off twice for various annoying reasons but for anyone who is interested, here are my gripes, with assumptions of course.

    As a cell phone, the Iphone should provide at least the same functionality that 98% of all of the other cell phones out there provide.
    Current Iphone deficiencies:
    -- You cannot send or receive pictures from other cell phone users - supposedly fixed in Iphone 2.0, we shall see how...
    -- The ringer and message volume is incredibly low, everyone Iphone user I know agrees with this complaint
    -- You cannot add a ringtone to the phone without jailbreaking the phone, or purchasing it from Itunes. On a PDA device, any .wmv file can be dragged to the device and used as a ringtone

    As an internet device, the Iphone should provide at least the same functionality as a computer surfing the internet.
    -- When surfing, no pages are stored in cache, if you do a back page, it reloads the page consuming allot of time, should be better with the faster speeds of the 2.0

    As an Ipod, the Iphone should provide at least the same functionality as an Ipod, that one is simple I guess.
    -- You cannot copy songs, videos, contacts to the Iphone from multiple computers as you can on the current Ipod. If you try, it tells you that it will erase the current data on the Iphone before syncing
    -- The Iphone cannot show up on a computer as a hard drive (Without jailbreaking the device and installing software)

    -- You can't copy data to the Iphone using programs such as sharepod ilke you can with the Ipod - For those of us who dispise installing 40MB worth of apps and 9 seperate services on our computer just so we can copy music and videos to our MP3 player, yes you heard me, MP3 player.

    I will say this for the Iphone, the mapping software is pretty good and has helped me allot over the last year, that's about it though...

    I will be looking for a new phone so if anyone wants a used Iphone, let me know, I'll sell mine cheap... :pofl:
     
  18. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    ipods do not let you copy music from multiple computers either 'out of the box'. They must be synched to one library only. Of course there is 3rd party software out there, but they all seem to have deficiencies best I can tell (for instance, not handling the podcast category correctly)
     
  19. Baywatch68

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    Not true. I have added multiple ringtones to my iPhone after creating them using Garageband.
     
  20. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    It's already happening overseas.. several carriers are offering the iPhone for almost free with certain contracts.

    iPhone for 1 Euro w/contract in Germany
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080616/tc_nm/deutschetelekom_iphone_dc
     

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