Archive

Posts Tagged ‘mobile phones’

iPhone 4: Drool-Worthy

June 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Atlantic Wire has a good summary of the reasons that the iPhone 4 looks to be a worthy upgrade. Time to start a new budget envelope.  Now to just talk AT&T into letting me restart this contract.

This hi-res image gives some idea of how improved the resolution is on the new iPhone. Nice and crisp:

Advertisements

Is The End Near for Apple’s Exclusive Contract with AT&T?

January 26, 2010 2 comments

The first question during the Q&A of Apple’s Conference Call on Monday went straight to the question of whether or not AT&T would remain an exclusive carrier for service on the iPhone. It’s an important question, since Apple is bound by contract to miss a huge portion of the market, thanks to their firm handshake with AT&T.

Tim Cook, Apple’s COO, had an indirect answer to Munster’s question about staying with a single phone service carrier. When Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray asked Cook to “remind us what the benefits and the virtues of sticking with a single carrier in the US are,” Tim hem-hawed around with his answer. If you read carefully, you’ll see that his answer below was, “There are none.”

First of all, AT&T is a great partner. We have been working with them since well before we announced the first iPhone to get it out. I think it is important to remember that they have more mobile broadband usage than any other carrier in the world. In the vast majority of locations, we think that iPhone customers are having a great experience from the research that we have done.

Let’s rephrase the conversation. Munster asks, “You must have good reasons for only using one carrier for iPhone service. What are some of those reasons?”

“AT&T is neato.” Tim replies.

He might as well have come out and said it directly: AT&T’s days of being the iPhone’s sole provider are coming to an end.

Did anyone else hear the sound of a blackberry being squashed?

New Apple Tablet Dancing With Verizon?

January 21, 2010 1 comment

When a web site gets an exclusive on a rumor, it’s almost comical.  “We are the only ones bringing you this report that may or may not be true.  So stay tuned… it gets better!”

TheStreet.com is reporting on an alleged partnership between Apple and Verizon for a device that allegedly has phone capability and is allegedly being announced by Apple next week.  I love rumors as much as the next technology junkie, but remember that these are still classified as rumors.

The main part of what TheStreet.com is reporting reveals that Verizon might be a new partner for Apple because Qualcomm has been confirmed as one of the tablet’s chip manufacturers. For those hoping that the iPhone would soon be opened up to other providers (who isn’t), it is certainly a good sign. Whether or not it means a Verizon deal has been sealed is anyone’s guess.  Hopefully it means that Apple will be doing business with both AT&T and Verizon from this point forward.

What it would mean for Apple and Verizon if they teamed up on a tablet device?

If the tablet has a mass appeal, an input method that is accessible to the average Joe, and the Apple sex appeal, then Verizon and Apple will win big, even if the device takes a little time to catch on.  As it stands, their phone market is obviously limited, but I talk to people all the time who say they would love an iPhone if Verizon or T-Mobile was an option. There is a lot of low-hanging fruit out there for Apple if they can open things up.

mGive Raises $8.5 Million With Mobile Texting Donations

January 16, 2010 2 comments

mGive has reported on their blog that the have already raised 8.5 million dollars for the Red Cross for Haitian earthquake relief, simply by asking mobile phone users to send a text message to initiate a $10 donation through their phone bill.

This isn’t the first time this has been used to solicit donations, but it is proving to be an effective way to get a large number of people involved at a giving level that is accessible for most anyone. Relief organizations will continue to depend upon larger donors for the bulk of their donations, but mGive’s campaign for Haiti represents a trend that will probably continue to grow.

Want to use your mobile phone to participate?  Here’s how, from mGive’s web site:

Simply text the word HAITI to 90999 to give $10. When prompted, reply with YES to confirm your one-time gift. The $10 donation will appear on your next mobile bill and 100% of the donation will go to Red Cross to help those hit by this natural disaster

iPhone 3G Liftoff!

July 11, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s 7:30 a.m. CDT and I’m in line for the iPhone 3G at my local AT&T store.  I will be posting a first impressions review later today.

The frenzied hype will peak in T-Minus 30 minutes.

iPhone 3G Exchange Support

July 10, 2008 17 comments

I cannot find any definite word on AT&T’s web site on whether or not a person will need the AT&T business data plan ($45) to sync with an Exchange server and Outlook at work

According to CNET, “a business data plan is required when using iPhone to access corporate e-mail, company intranet sites, and/or other business solutions/applications.”  But the link they reference doesn’t mention it as a requirement, though it is implied.

The most confusing part is that original iPhones will get Exchange server support with the 2.0 software update, and AT&T hasn’t said that these original iPhone users will need to change their data plan to use the Exchange feature.

I’m betting that my personal data plan will allow me to access my Exchange Server at work without a problem.  We’ll see about that tomorrow!

Early iPhone G3 Review: “Worth the Wait”

July 9, 2008 2 comments

There have probably been a couple of other early reviews of the iPhone G3, but the most extensive one I’ve seen so far was posted last night at USA TODAY’s web site.  Edward Baig covers all of the big features and many of the lesser ones.  There is also a link to a video review.

UPDATE (3:10 p.m.)David Pogue and Walt Mossberg have also chimed in with some excellent reviews.

If you don’t want to go and read the entire article, here is a summary of Baig’s review at USA TODAY…

– “iPhone 3G: The Sequel, is worth the wait…  I reach that verdict after having tested the new iPhone for more than two weeks.”

– “But not all of iPhone’s early drawbacks have disappeared. You still cannot shoot video, take advantage of Bluetooth stereo or dial with a voice command. Such features are common on rival devices. (I’m hoping some shortcomings will be addressed by third-party developers.)”

– “Apple has improved overall audio quality of the device. The speaker phone sounded better, as did music played directly through the phone’s speaker.”

– “Though I wasn’t able to go through the process of downloading third-party applications through the new Apps store, it might turn out to be the most appealing new iPhone feature.”

– “While not everything on my wish list made it onto the new device, Apple has raised the bar with iPhone 3G. To which I offer an enthusiastic thumbs up.”

%d bloggers like this: