On, off, on, off. AT&T's wireless website announced its free Wi-Fi for iPhone plan this morning. AT&T has changed, started, and stopped the service numerous times. The new Wi-Fi service is supposed to grant iPhone users free Wi-Fi at over 17,000 locations including over 8,000 restaurants, if you consider Starbucks a restaurant.
The number of hotspots starts to dwindle when you exclude Starbucks, according to AT&T new routers have been placed in over 700 bookstores, 50 groceries, 31 hotels and 23 universities.
While that sounds great, AT&T once again pulled the site this morning. The link announcing the Wi-Fi plan, died several minutes after we loaded the site. The link now takes us AT&T’s wireless site map.
According to MacNN.com, AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom, said the webpage was posted in error, and AT&T hopes to offer free Wi-Fi in the future.
iPhone users, AT&T is toying with us like a cat playing with a very trapped mouse.
Norm and Will over at MaximumPC took part in the exciting E3 festivities in Los Angeles this week. Being the super geeks that they are, they decided to try out the iPhone 3G's GPS capabilities while shooting down the tarmac and flying over greater California.
It’s been approximately 175 hours since opening day and the iPhone craze is still going strong. At the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco, eager patrons have lined up every morning this week, with long lines continuing to scale Stockton Street regardless of the store’s closing hours. (Above, a cell phone quality photo of the store’s front, taken by a discreet salonista on her way to work.)
We called several of the other high traffic Apple Stores here in the Bay Area to find out if they were experiencing the same kind of morning rush. At the Apple Stores in Burlingame, Santa Clara, and Stonestown Mall, no one answered the phone. At the Chestnut Street location in the Marina, a female employee answered the phone on the sixth ring and exasperatingly declared the line was up to two hours long. The Stanford Shopping Center location managed to keep their cool after all this time; A levelheaded Mac Genius informed us that the line was only half an hour long and added that only the 16GB model was available.
This presents quite a problem for existing customers who show up prepared to do the quick switcheroo between OG and 3G. Not to mention, new customers hoping to jump on the iPhone bandwagon. The long lines only emphasize the fact that AT&T didn't get the stock they needed and that the Apple Retail Stores are still getting hammered as demand for the iPhone doesn't seem to show signs of subsiding. The official page for iPhone availability nationwide also shows that stock is sold out at numerous retail locations. As a result, those anticipating a quick trip to the Apple Store for their iPhone will be faced with long lines, a number of overworked employees and may still walk away iPhone free.
Long lines, incompetent sales people, and unpredictable weather make acquiring the iPhone an almost impossible feat. Don’t do things the hard way; By the time you’re finished with the whole activation process, you’ll feel too exhausted to even enjoy the new features of your iPhone 3G. Instead, you can spend a little extra money and save yourself the hassle of waiting in line by purchasing an unlocked iPhone 3G directly from the Red Party Crew themselves, China.
So those awesomely unstoppable bags of wacky known as the iPhone Dev Team, who roam through the countryside jailbreaking iPhone and iPod touch firmware, are getting set to release the first PwnageTool for jailbreaking the iPhone 2.0 firmware update that was only unleashed, oh, five days ago.
But the team announced on its blog today that the PwnageTool won't be able to unlock the iPhone 3G to run on other wireless carriers. If you have an iPhone 3G, the tool will jailbreak the handset to run unsupported apps while still maintaining App Store support.
And the team is still working on a "baseband unlock" of the iPhone 3G, as well, so I guess someone should start a pool to see how quickly they get that accomplished. (Those cats are wicked smart, yo.) Read more about it on their bloggy blog.
From its animated opening cut-scene to its dazzling DayGlo-infused tracks, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D brings console-style racing to the iPhone. If you don’t immediately recognize the name, Crash is the furry, PlayStation-born answer to Nintendo’s Mario—and he’s got the kart-racing cred to prove it.
If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Flintstones, you know full well that cavemen (sorry, cave-people) had cars. Cro-Mag Rally lets you channel your inner Fred or Wilma, racing cutesy stone-age vehicles (Bone Buggy, anyone?) around a variety of cutesy tracks. The result? A cute little kart-style racing game, albeit a flawed one.
The iTunes App Store launched with not one, but three racers vying for the winner's circle that is your iPhone/iPod touch Home Screen. We pit Wingnuts Moto Racer, Cro-Mag Rally and Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3Dagainst each other and learn that accelerometer-based steering doesn't always equal an innovative gaming experience.
Check out the road race for your iPhone/iPod touch after the jump.