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Apple iPhone - An Expensive Revolution

Apple iPhone Reviews

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal
reviews the Apple iPhone

David Pogue of the New York Times
reviews the Apple iPhone

Edward C. Baig and Jefferson Graham
of USA TODAY discuss the Apple iPhone.

The Apple iPhone is making waves with people who don't usually get excited about new developments in mobile technology.

A flurry of press and media buzz raised interest in the new mobile phone and pushed stock prices up for both Apple and AT&T, the phone company that provides service for the phone.

The release of the potential price tag of up to $3000 with the required 2 year service contract stopped the momentum for a while, but breaking that down to $125 per month – including buying the iPhone – brought the eager shoppers back in droves.

iPhone, The Must-Have Toy

This is very likely to be the newest status toy on campus come September. Reuters released a story about the people on line at the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York City. Jessica Rodriguez, a 24-year-old student from the Bronx, told Reuters. "I love everything Apple, and this is going to be something that goes down in the history books of cell phones." She added that her 76-year-old father felt the same."My dad thinks I'm crazy, but then he saw the commercial and said, 'I want it.'"

The lines of got-to-have-one shoppers started on Monday and the iPhones were not available until Friday - June 29, 2007 In New York City people lined up with beach chairs and food to wait for the chance to buy one. The summer temperature was over 90°... giving the iPhone a special place in the hot sales category.

One story covered a creative young man who set up a sign requesting donations to help pay for his iPhone. It will take more than spare change to pay the iPhone bill – the fine print says that you need to pass a credit check to sign up for an iPhone with the two year required service contract from AT&T.

Switching to the iPhone

If you already have a mobile phone, you can switch to AT&T and keep your current number for your iPhone. Watch out when switching, however. Most of the competition charges high fees for changing carriers if your current service agreement is not expired. That could add more than $100 to the total cost. Is it worth it? Plenty of reviewers are giving this handheld two thumbs up and think that if you can get one, you definitely should. There are plenty of pros with this device, but there are also a few cons.

iPhone Pros & Cons

AT&T touts the iPhone as a combination of a "revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching - into one small and lightweight handheld device." Besides the music downloads that iPod and cell phone users are used to the iPhone provides music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies.

  • The iPhone's "Intelligent Keyboard" makes it easy to text by predicting and correcting mistakes that users of small phone keyboards are all too familiar with. Using a Safari browser you can search with either the built in Google or Yahoo! search, access bookmarks from your Mac or PC or just surf the web. The multi-tasking iPhone even lets you text and browse at the same time. You can sort through voice mail messages the same way you check your email...and pointing your finger can dial a phone number!

  • Service plans for the iPhone start at $59.99 for 450 minutes. AT&T also offers plans at $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes. All three provide unlimited data transfer for email and web, Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, roll over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile AT&T network calls. AT&T also has family plans if you plan on getting iPhones for the whole clan. Watch out for the "other fees" which include fairly steep activation charges in addition to the normal surcharges.

  • Complaints about the iPhone include the battery - you can't replace it if yours runs out of juice. The current model does not allow the battery to be removed, prompting a competitor to warn users to stay near a plug! Wonder why the folks at Apple didn't consider some sort of light sensitive solar panel, like the old time calculators used, to supplement the power source or at least provide the option of a spare battery for such a power hungry device?

  • Another problem is the WI-FI connectivity. You can download fast enough if you are in a wi-fi hot spot, but otherwise users are dependent on the EDGE connection from AT&T which is very, very slow. Be prepared to pay for using your iPhone to surf the web in hot spots that are not in the AT&T network and waiting minutes to see the web page that you're trying to download if you are not in wi-fi range.

Although Apple normally works out the bugs before they release a product, many potential iPhone buyers are planning on waiting for a while before investing in an iPhone. It will take some time to see how people like the new technology as well as waiting for the $499 (US) price tag for the 4GB model and $599 (US) for the 8GB iPhone to drop a bit.

If you can't wait, you can buy an iPhone and sign on for a two year service contract from AT&T or Apple stores.

Apple iPhone - The home site offers megs of info on the phone, including the price and the cost of the monthly service rate plans. You can even download iTunes specifically for the iPhone! Take the iPhone guided tour for an eyeful of iPhones...

Introducing the iPhone - AT&T - The service provider that teamed up with Apple to bring the iPhone to life has an online section devoted to selling the service plans for the new iPhone.

Verizon Wireless vs. AT&T's iPhone - Apple Insider opens the discussion. While competitors are feeling the pinch, this chart prepared by Verizon compares the service available on their service plans to the iPhone - and may make you want to wait a while before you jump... They also give you the Sprint perspective in New iPod games; iPhone data plan; Sprint's anti-iPhone talking points.

An iPhone Review Roundup - Gathering early reviews, this article says - believe the hype. This is an easy to use, break-through iPod, movie player, web access cell phone. Apple's reputation for making things easy for the user comes to play in the iPhone. You'll not only have a choice of what to do with this mobile device - you'll be able to figure out how to do them!

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