iPhone - An Expensive Revolution
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.
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.
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.'"
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.
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.
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.
Pros & Cons
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.
"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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
- The home site offers megs of info on the phone, including the
price and the cost of the monthly service rate plans. You can
iTunes specifically for the iPhone! Take the iPhone guided
tour for an eyeful of iPhones...
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.
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.
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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