Change came fast and swift as Canadians in unison said hell no, to Rogers Wireless, and their original data usage plans for the new iPhone 3G. The original plans ranged from $60 for 400 megabytes to $115 for 2 gigabytes of data usage and customers were locked into a three-year contract.
Rogers Wireless, and its carrier partner Fido, have announced a new data usage plan allowing new iPhone customers to signup for a $30 per month 6GB data plan through August 31 -- a limited time promotion. Rogers’ customers under a voice contract can select a separate data plan after checking their upgrade eligibility.
According to Rogers, “6GB of data should be sufficient to view 35,952 web pages, exchange 157,286 emails, or watch 6,292 minutes of YouTube videos each and every month.”
Rogers and Fido seem convinced that customers will approve of the new promotional usage plan because they are opening selected stores early in anticipation of giddy Canadians waiting in line to buy their new iPhone. Early bird customers will be treated to breakfast and can win prizes. Maybe something cool like a Rogers Wireless t-shirt. Eh?
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Apple put together a list of To-Dos for customers who plan on purchasing their iPhone 3G from the Apple retail store. In an effort to curb riots, Apple has implemented a seemingly organized set-up to ensure speedy transactions and satisfy the throngs of true-blue Apple fans who will no doubt line up the sidewalks come early Friday morning.
Remember that scene in Jurassic Park, where everyone is staring at the glass of water on the dashboard, anticipating the inevitable roar of a twelve-foot, resurrected T-Rex? Waiting around for July 11 feels about the same.
Stop screaming and check out the message boards over at iPhone Portugal (translated, just for you!). Someone managed to get their hands on an 8GB model of the iPhone 3G and provided pretty pictures for all to gawk over.
The designer/coder ported Flash Lite to the iPhone using b.Tween and eyeGT in order to create an interactive guide for Rock Werchter 2008. Watching the video above, it makes you wonder how long Apple can hold out putting Flash on the iPhone.
July 11, the day you tell your old phone you’re free from its tyranny.
Fireworks, picnics, and drunken renditions of “Stars and Stripes Forever”… hope your Fourth of July was everything you could want it to be. However, it doesn’t have to come to an end just yet. With the July 11 release of the new iPhone 3G, Apple has conveniently given us a reason to celebrate a second long weekend in a row. Combining those Independence Day remnants you’ve got lying around the house with your iPhone anticipation only makes sense.
On July 4, five members of the new environmental group, TheWhoFarm planted themselves securely as the first in line for iPhone 3G’s at Apple’s Fifth Avenue Store in New York City. They not only hope to set the Guinness World Record for “longest time waiting in line to buy something,” but have much, much higher hopes than that.
How about an organic farm in place of the White House lawn to start with? Daniel Bowman Simon, the group’s leader told Apple 2.0, “We’re here to restore the edible landscape. We want to bring the seeds of change back to the White House.” The President’s residence is not the only landscape the group has set its sights on. Sustainability, affordable housing, energy security, and locally grown organic food (delivered by bicycle or pedicab no less) are all on top of the group’s agenda that they would be happy to discuss with anyone who is willing to chat with them as they wait in line.
But why would a group so concerned with the environment be so eager to purchase the cellular device that Greenpeace has given the big thumbs-down? “We see it as a technology that can liberate us from our desks,” Simon declared. He is also hoping to pick up a couple of extras for Barack Obama and John McCain.
Publicity aside, there is a chance that TheWhoFarm’s endeavor has been all for naught, as rumors spread that the iPhone 3G’s only to be had on July 11 from AT&T locations and that Apple Stores will not be selling the devices (without contract at $599 and $699) until a later date.
We've been told by an Apple rep that the iPhone will be available form the Apple Store on July 11. Although, no word has come from Apple on launch time and pricing.
Apple and AT&T stores nationwide are getting ready for the launch of the iPhone 3G on Friday. As posted on Gizmodo, a picture of an oversized iPhone 3G shows what will be available for gawking at later today in your local Apple Store.
AT&T stores are due to get the iPhone 3G demo units starting tomorrow:
“Beginning July 8th you will receive the new iPhone 3G demo devices at your store to enhance your sales process. These devices will be used the same as your 2G demo devices in your sales process but now you can demonstrate the additional capabilities of the iPhone 3G including the App Store”
The leaked sales memo details that employees are to download apps from the iTunes App Store. While the demo units will be in the stores tomorrow, they may not be for public use until July 11.
Anticipation for a redesigned MacBook Pro circles the globe as rumors spread that Apple could be working on a new aluminum Pro with design features of the MacBook Air and current iMac. MacRumors.com may have uncovered a sneak preview of what the new MacBook Pro’s may look like… or maybe not. The source is Chinese-language blog, Apple.pro which published a photograph of what looks like a prototype of the upcoming redesigned notebook.
The photograph shows the top and bottom housings of the possible prototype side-by-side. Although similar to the MacBook Air, there are enough differences to rule out the possibility that this is simply a photograph of an Air’s casing. MacRumors.com notes for example, that the prototype’s Apple logo is not backlit and the screw configuration of the bottom case does not match the current Air’s casing. The Chinese article also claims that although the keyboard would be the same as in the MacBook Air, the battery for this laptop would be rectangular in shape rather than square.
Fake image made by an eager fan or the real thing? Although some legitimate leaks have come from Chinese sources, it’s good to keep in mind that anonymously leaked photos are more likely to be good fakes than the real thing.