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.
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.