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Sunday, December 5, 2010

RadioShack Offers Trade-ins for Your Old iPhones

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 PM

"Is an iPhone 4 on your holiday wish list? If yes, RadioShack has an attractive deal starting Saturday, Dec. 4. You instantly save $50 on the iPhone 4 and 3GS, but with trade-ins on your old device, that could climb as high as $175."

Not bad, pickup an iPhone 4 and get just short of $175.00 USD off if you trade in a 3GS. You can see if your old iPhone meets the Radio Shack standards by going to their online appraisal tool, and if it does fit the bill make sure you hurry in as this only lasts until December 11th.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Apple Investigating Slowdowns on iPhone 3G - iOS 4.1 Coming!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:30 PM

"Apple is to launch an official investigation into reports that the iOS4 operating system is having an adverse affect on older iPhone devices, specifically the iPhone 3G."

With ongoing reports of iOS 4 killing second generation iPhone 3G performance, Apple is officially looking into the issue, according to WSJ Blogs. Issues reportedly include slowness, crashing apps, the OS not responding to button presses, terrible battery life, and heat problems. Apple is reportedly readying iOS 4 version 4.1, currently in beta testing, after version 4.01 fixed some, but not all of (or enough of) the current problems. In the meantime, conventional wisdom is now "if you haven't upgraded your iPhone 3G to iOS 4, don't." Wait for V4.1 to (hopefully) fix the problems.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Speck Cases, Fitted or SeeThru Satin for Your iPhone Protection

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:37 AM

Speck products have been around awhile, well, 9 years in fact since they debuted their first product in 2001 at Macworld. They offer a variety of cases for everything from hard drives and Kindles to Macbooks and iPods. They have recently added bags and sleeves to the product line. I've used many over the years to protect my various incarnations of iPhones as well as my Macbook Pro, and they have served their purpose very well. Recently they came out with a couple new versions of their SeeThru Satin [Affiliate Link] and Fitted2 cases [affiliate link] for the iPhone 3G/3GS, both retailing for $29.95 USD. I put these two cases together in this article to provide a little contrast to what each one offers.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

AT&T Refurb iPhone 3Gs for $79

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"We're days away from the launch of the iPhone 3G S, and AT&T apparently is eager to dump off their stock refurbished iPhone 3Gs (the 3GS moniker vs. plural 3Gs is going to prove confusing for quite a while, huh). On the refurbished cell phone page at AT&T's website, you can now order a refurbished 8GB with two year contract for $79, and a refurbished 16GB with contract (white is currently out of stock) for only $129."

You still have the obligatory contract and data plans, but if you were holding out for a deal on a 3G this probably as good as it is going to get. I've bought refurbs before in laptops and cell phones, and I haven't had a problem yet, knock on wood.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Release Date

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"At WWDC, Apple revealed a few new details related to its iPhone 3.0 operating system update for existing iPhone and iPod touch users, including its release date set for June 17, 2009. Meanwhile, new information clarifies why U.S. wireless carrier AT&T has delayed support for tethering and MMS features of the software."

To go along with the new iPhone 3G S, you have to have new software right? But it isn't just for the new iphones. Even though some of the features of the OS 3.0 update will only work on the new iPhone 3G S (voice control, camera improvements, video capture, compass support and Nike + iPod support), there is still plenty to be excited about by current iPhone 3G owners. Read more...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Buy Your iPhone Online at Apple, Under One Condition

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"At long last, you can now buy an iPhone 3G via the online Apple Store and have it hand-delivered by your local FedEx guy directly to your domicile-presuming you meet certain criteria."

In yet another policy change, you can get your iphone shipped to you, if you are a new customer to AT&T. Current AT&T customers still have to come into the Apple Store or AT&T to get theirs. They can, however, reserve one online, they just have to pickup at the brick and mortar store of their choice. This is sure to be added to the "clearing the inventory" theory in the anticipation of a new iPhone announcement.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Break Your iPhone Screen? Take it to a Genius

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has updated its procedures for handling certain iPhone hardware problems, and will now for the first time the Genius Bar staff will perform display screen replacements at its retail stores. Previously, iPhones and iPods have been subject to a swap-out policy: if the device is under warranty or otherwise eligible, it's immediately replaced with a refurbished model. Now, iPhones that suffer from broken or inoperable displays will fixed by a module replacement in the back room of the retail stores."

Photo Credit: Apple iPhone Review

The repair takes about 30 to 40 minutes, I suppose depending on the Genius. If you have an iPhone 3G (the only iPhone they will repair on site) and it is still under warranty, you now have a local option. That is if you have a local Apple Store.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

AT&T Has a Good Q1 2009

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"AT&T has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2009, and the iPhone 3G is still a big part of the company's good news. More than 1.6 million iPhones were activated in the last quarter, down from about 1.9 million in Q4 of 2008. While that is a 16 percent drop sequentially, it's similar to the drop experienced in Q1 of 2008 and still represents a 100 percent growth in iPhone activations year-over-year."

The subscriber base for 3G users has doubled over the last year, in no small part to the iPhone 3g. Quite a bit of cash involved here since the iPhone brings in on average about $95 per user per month in revenue. They also note, and it seems pretty obvious, that the revenue is expected to drop in the next quarter in the lead up to the expected June release of the next generation of iPhones.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Still no iPhone? AT&T Drops Prices on Refurbs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"16 GB now available for $149. It's almost like AT&T is blowing out inventory for something. On its Website, the mobile provider chopped the prices on refurbished iPhones. Customers, with a two year agreement, can pick up a black 8 GB iPhone for $99, and a black or white 16 GB iPhone for $149."

Sounds like they are clearing out inventory, even though they are refurbished. Or just trying to drum up demand in the midst of all the rumors about Apple coming out with a new iPhone this June. Either way its a good deal on a refurbished iPhone. The 8 GB version, if you can find them, is at last word still priced at $99.00 USD.

Friday, April 10, 2009

iPhone 2.2.1 Update Breaking Wi-Fi?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"This is news to me, and scary news at that, but it seems as though firmware update 2.2.1 has been causing some problems with Wi-Fi for many iPhone users. I've not had any problems, but then again, I use Wi-Fi only sparingly, and even when I do, it's never for an extended period. Also, I've updated to the 3.0 beta firmware, so I might have dodged a bullet there. If you have been having issues, and were hoping for a quick software fix, it looks like you may be out of luck."

I updated and this is the first I've read about it. I use the Wi-Fi connection at work and at home and haven't had one problem, neither have the other iPhone users in my family. So at least you know of 3 users that are good to go! All kidding aside, there are some posts in the Apple forum about the issue and some users have said they were told to bring the iPhone in for full replacement. Apple hasn't officially come out with anything on this however. The issue is affecting 2G and older 3G models, as well as some iPod Touch models. Speculation is that it is related to overheating with the Wi-Fi chip.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Apple Now Offering No-Contract iPhones Like AT&T

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

"Apple has joined AT&T in offering iPhones without a contract at a hefty price. Last week, AT&T announced plans to sell iPhone 3Gs without a two-year contract for $599 and $699, but Apple did not respond to inquiries as to whether it had the same idea in mind. Now AppleInsider is reporting that the company has indeed rolled out the similar no-contact offer at its stores, which makes sense, given the tight partnership between the two companies."

AT&T is actually doing Apple one better by selling the iPhone 3G at the subsidized prices of $199 USD for 8 Gig and $299 USD for 16 Gigs, with a two-year extension on the contract of course. Small detail. Apple competes with this by not limiting the customer to just one iPhone. This just adds fuel to the rumor of a new iPhone in June, since last year the same type of thing was done to get inventory levels down prior to the launch of the iPhone 3G. We shall see!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Apple Wins 4 Design Awards

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

"That Apple's products are well-designed isn't really news to anybody, but it's always nice to see the Cupertino folks getting their due from their peers. So we imagine the design team at 1 Infinite Loop is pretty pleased that their products took home four separate iF product design awards handed out by iF International Forum Design."

Winning awards is always cool, and this award is from one of the most prestigious in the design community, International Forum Design, which has been around since 1954. Apple also came in 2nd to Samsung in both the creative and company categories. You can go here to get list of all the winners in the various categories for this year (check out the umbrella).

Monday, February 23, 2009

Refurbished 3Gs at the AT&T Store Available Now!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM;title

"If you're looking to jump into the iPhone world, now might be a good time. AT&T is again offering refurbished iPhones on its Web site, but this time with even better deals."

I just checked the AT&T site and they are still offering them so get 'em while they are hot! Seriously, though, it is a pretty good price for a refurbished iPhone 3G. They are offering 8GB for $99USD and either the black or white 16GB version for $199USD. If I didn't already have one, I would seriously consider it now (that is if you can get past the two-year commitment and switching to AT&T).

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Mophie Juice Pack Air for 3G

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Mophie has announced the all-new mophie juice pack air for iPhone 3G will soon be available in Spring 2009."

I like the form of this, and the stats it is supposed to have are impressive: 270 hours additional standby time, 4.5 hours of talk time or Internet surfing and 6 hours of video playback. It offers full case protection and is supposed to retail for US $79.95. I prefer cases that keep the slimness of the iPhone as much as possible, and this one appears to fit the bill. I may have to pick one of these up and give it a test run. More information can be found at the Mophie website.

Monday, December 8, 2008

USB Fever Releases Sim Unlock Card

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"This Sim Card is the Latest in the Line of Smart Technological Solutions to By Pass Network Restrictions on Mobile Phones So You Can Be FREE To Use Your Choice of Network Simcard with Your Mobile Phone, without getting your phone unlocked. In simpler terms this Simcard enables your existing simcard to work on any locked mobile phone. It is used in parallel to your existing simcard as its only 0.10mm thick, therefore can be inserted along with your existing simcard in any of the mobile phones available throughout the world. It can also be removed easily, without causing any damage to your phone."

Do I know if it works? Nope, but I've heard of similar products in the past that do a similar job. Obviously try it at your own risk, but if you're not happy with the idea of jumping on the AT&T bandwagon but still would like the iPhone 3G, this might be your best bet until a software unlock is developed.

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