Hard to believe, but after four years and as many iPhone models, AT&T still doesn’t offer insurance for Apple’s iconic handset. That is, until July 17, when the device will finally be eligible for coverage in the carrier’s Mobile Insurance program -- just in time for a new model rumored to arrive in the fall.
As inexpensive as the iPhone has become over the last four years -- with last year’s iPhone 3GS going for as little as $49 new with a two-year AT&T contract -- many are still holding out hope for a prepaid model. According to one analyst, their prayers may be answered when Apple rolls out the new model this fall.
Although Apple only started offering officially unlocked iPhone 4 models in the United States earlier this month, that hasn’t stopped owners from using jailbreak methods to free their devices from AT&T’s clutches and into the waiting arms of T-Mobile, who now claims there are more than a million such users on their network.
Well, would you look at that: Those big kids in the mobile phone playground can play nice together after all, especially when cash money is in play. After nearly two years, the patent disputes between Apple and Nokia have come to a close, with Cupertino throwing a pile of money at the problem to make it go away.
As predicted, there was no new iPhone announced at WWDC this year, lending further credence to rumors that Apple plans to move introduction of the next model to September to coincide with iOS 5 -- a move that is likely to give Android competitors like HTC a chance to eclipse Cupertino’s lead in the U.S. smartphone market.
One piece of news flew in under the radar with the WWDC keynote picking up most headlines. In case you've been holding out for a reason to pick up an iPhone 4, now might be as good of a time as any, as Wal-Mart has reduced the price of the 16GB model to $147 from $197!
AllThingsD’s ninth annual technology conference wrapped up on Thursday with a rousing conversation with AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega, including a grilling about the company’s merger with T-Mobile, 4G and why there’s no unlocked iPhone.
Once king of the smartphone world, Research in Motion's BlackBerry has steadily fallen behind Apple's iPhone and Google's Android operating system. RIM investors are also growing steadily unhappy about this, and may start calling for changes soon within the company, starting at the top.
After having its patent case against Apple thrown out back in March, cell phone giant Nokia is back for more, having been granted a partial review of two of their five patent claims with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
While Verizon's LTE network may have been out in various markets for awhile now, an AT&T exec promised that the company will begin to roll out its own fourth-generation LTE technology in 5 markets this summer. First up to bat are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio!