Apple wants you to run out and buy a brand new iPhone 3G Friday sight unseen, but there's nothing wrong with a little comparison shopping — especially when AT&T wants you to fork over a few months' salary.
Three of America's most prominent publications picked apart the iPhone 3G and the verdict is unanimous, this generation's iPhone is a major improvement from last year's precursor.
Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal and Edward Baig of USA Today agreed on the iPhone's speedy load times via AT&T's 3G network, though the New York Time's David Pogue counters that the network is not readily available everywhere in the United States (it's apparently abundant in 70 other countries, according to the same NYT article). The AT&T network seems to be the iPhone's biggest glitch, but thankfully, it has nothing to do with assembly of the device itself.
Pogue did give positive reviews concerning the iPhone's "crystal clear" call quality and even ventured to say that, "few cell phones sound this good." Mossberg and Baig agreed. Pogue also mentions the versatility of the App store, while Baig, who gave the phone an "enthusiastic thumbs up," was impressed by the iPhone's GPS capabilities.
All three journalists agree that the iPhone is a sound investment. Mossberg urges that reluctant Apple fans hoping to wait for a later generation "might want to take the plunge" after all.
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?
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 iPhone is a fantastic device that revolutionizes how you communicate, consume media, and surf the mobile web. But one thing it doesn’t do, at least out of the box, is let you delve into instant messaging on the go. Your only option is to use text messaging on your carrier’s network, which can quickly become costly and doesn’t give the instant gratification of an IM client or chat room.
Your wireless service provider really doesn’t care that your life just isn’t going to be complete without an iPhone G3. Instead of wishing you well and letting you go, they want you to pay an Early Termination Fee of a couple of hundred bucks or so before they’ll release you from your contract.
Learn the how to get out of your current mobile providers contract after the jump.
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.