AT&T announced today they have developed software that allows iPhones to recognize voice commands. The software is called AT&T WATSON Speech Mashups based on AT&T’s WATSON technology. WATSON is hosted on the web allowing iPhone access to the software “without the need to install, configure, and manage speech recognition software and equipment” according to AT&T.
This news shouldn't surprise anyone who stood in line and/or anxiously waited for their back-ordered iPhone to arrive from AT&T. iPhone 3G sales are nearly double that of last years launch of the OG iPhone.
AT&T shared that bit of news in their quarterly results. The figure is from sales of the iPhone 3G during the first 12 days of its release.
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.
Reason #432 to buy an iPhone 3G at the Apple Store.
In case you haven’t heard, the iPhone is coming. If I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me , “Hey, what’s up with the new iPhone?” I’d have a giant, heavy bag of nickels. So yeah, I guess people are pretty excited.
Apple isn't the only one with an extra video camera lying around.
AT&T is pulling out all the stops for the launch of the iPhone 3G. While the videos aren't nearly as slick as Bob, aka iPhone guy's videos, they are extremely helpful.
AT&T, and its orange clad iPhone spokesperson, Larry Meyer, cover all the important issues concerning launch day. They call being prepared for the new iPhone 3G, iReady. Yeah, it's kinda goofy, but they dispense a wealth of knowledge.
Handy tidbits include:
- Remember to sync your iPhone before you head down to buy a new one. - New customers can visit an AT&T Store prior to July 11 to get a credit check - Information of how to find out your current upgrade status for current customers - For new customers, bring in your old bill to speed up the process - Information on how to hand down your OG iPhone, you'll need a new SIM card.
AT&T also posted information on eligibility and pricing. As reported earlier, customers must meet eligibility requirements before AT&T will hand over a $199 and $299 iPhone 3G.
Customers who sign up for AT&T for the first time when they purchase their iPhone 3G and agree to a two-year contract are eligible.
Current AT&T customers who purchased an iPhone prior to July 11 and agree to a new two-year contract, are eligible for the subsidized discount. Other AT&T customers should check their account online to see if they are eligible for an upgrade discount.
Current AT&T customers who are not eligible for an upgrade can purchase the iPhone 3G for $399 (8GB) and $499 (16GB). AT&T notes that in the future, the iPhone 3G can be purchased without a contract for $599 (8GB) and $699 (16GB).
Apple hasn't released any information concerning their launch of the iPhone, although, it's highly unlikely they will deviate from the 8 a.m. launch time.
iPhone 3G - It's like a magical money tree. According to Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner, AT&T is paying a subsidy of $325 for each new iPhone 3G. The typical smartphone gets a subsidy of about $200. The analyst goes on to state this high rate "reflects AT&T's faith in the iPhone's ability to attract new subs and increase ARPU (average revenue per user)." If the trucks of cash headed to Apple weren't full enough, AT&T will pay $100 for each new subscription that signs up at the Apple Store. That means, for every iPhone sold at the Apple Store, AT&T will pay Apple a total of $425. The analyst doesn't state if there is a price difference for the 8GB and 16GB models. No wonder AT&T is charging $5 for 200 text messages. Via AppleInsider
AT&T might as well just start posting these on the front doors of their stores. They seem to have a problem with the leaking of memos. Gizmodo got their hands on an internal AT&T memo that outlines the selling procedures of the iPhone 3G. As earlier reported, all new iPhone 3G's will be activated in-store. Also, the three iPhone limit means if you have four people in your family, it's time for a serious family meeting. Other exciting facts, AT&T will sell OG iPhone's until their stock is depleted. If you bought an OG iPhone after May 27, you have until August 1, 2008, to exchange it for a free new iPhone 3G -- minus a 10% restocking fee. The return policy has been extending from 14 days to 30 days. So it's kinda official, July 11 will require a ton of patience on our part.