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.
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.
In fact, Apple buys so much flash (which is used in tons of products, including the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, SSD-equipped MacBook Air, and of course that wacky iPhone doohickey that the kids love so much), the industry enjoyed an "Apple effect" that led to 25 percent growth in revenues in 2007.
What does this mean for you, the consumer? That Apple plans to sell a crazy number of iPhones this year, since it keeps boosting its order. If prices stay good and the supply can keep up, we might see that 32GB iPhone sooner than later. The Mac|Life office is guessing by Christmas 2008, but that's just our guess. Let us know yours in the comments.
You coveted your iPhone, you might have waited in a long line to purchase it, you may have debated long and hard with yourself about whether it was worth forking over a day’s pay or more for any phone, and you certainly thought your iPhone was the coolest phone in the world … right up until you heard the dreaded news that Apple planned to release a new model. Now your year-old iPhone is looking oddly antiquated and you’re lusting hard for an upgrade.
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.