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June 10, 2008

iThink iDream of iPhone 3G

Posted: 09:02 AM ET

When the iPhone frenzy first began last summer, a lot of people like me held back, vowing to wait for Apple to reduce the price and make the technology even better.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the next generation of iPhones Monday at a conference in San Francisco.

Now, says Apple CEO Steve Jobs, that day will soon come. Not only will the minimum price tag come down to $199, but the next generation of iPhones will have 3G technology.

What’s that, you say? As CNET explains, 3G brings wireless broadband data services to your cellphone, meaning you can surf the internet at very high speeds. Apple's Web site says the iPhone will use HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) protocol to download data over UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) networks. The bottom line is that it will seamlessly switch between networks to get data as fast as possible.

But are we really ready to shell out the $199 for this better-than-ever iPhone?

If you had an incredibly powerful slender little friend in your pocket that could check your e-mail, locate your precise position in the world, call anyone you wanted and cue up your favorite songs, you would play with it a lot. A LOT.

In fact, you’d want to play with it so much that you might stop paying attention to conversations with your friends and family because you’d constantly want to check your e-mail or verify a fact that someone just mentioned. Trivia nights would be particularly torturous, as you could just find out the answers in seconds. You might feel like a perpetually-distracted teenager. Gadgets like these tend to bring out the perpetually-distracted teenager in us all, especially those of us who weren’t teenagers very long ago.

Yet, this could be a great purchase for those of us without cars who commute on trains and buses, and wouldn’t have to worry about keeping our eyes on the road while we surf the Web. And don’t forget that $199, after all, is merely three-and-a-half tanks of gas these days. The iPhone could thus take your mind anywhere you want to go when the bus is definitely not going anywhere soon. When put like that, it does seem like an amazing investment.

I’m also intrigued by the new iPhone's applications, such as the mobile blogging software. Apple will also launch a nifty music program for the iPhone - Moo Cow Music's Band - that allows you to compose music with multiple instrument sounds on the go. That concept alone makes musicians' mouths drool. At last, we won't be restricted to playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with touch-tone phone numbers.

Still, remember that the iPhone is still only compatible with AT&T, meaning those of you who have other networks will have to abandon your plans. This isn’t an issue for me –- my original 2001 Nokia brick was hooked up to AT&T before it was Cingular and then became AT&T again! –- but all of you with other carriers may have some paperwork and contractual fees to deal with. Consider also that Samsung is apparently coming out with a 3G phone hooked up to Sprint. Check out this comparison of upcoming 3G phones.

So, as long as you're willing to use it responsibly and do that AT&T thing, getting the new iPhone 3G seems like a pretty good idea. But that might mean thousands of people camping out in front of Apple stores who also think it's a good idea. Ugh, this could be complicated. But afterwards tracking flights, finding a restaurant, and looking up the names of the pandas at Zoo Atlanta will be so, so simple.

–Elizabeth Landau, Associate Producer, CNN.com

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Violet   June 10th, 2008 9:18 am ET

Great news. But unfortunately, this fancy gadget still won't do one simple thing that would make life easier for lots of people – sync with gCal! I'm tired of the million necessary workarounds to have my calendar accessible!


JR   June 10th, 2008 9:28 am ET

Of course, in prior Keynotes involving the iPhone, Jobs mentioned the price plans, which were decidedly absent from this Keynote. The reason for the omission is that AT&T has increased the unlimited data plan for the 3G iPhone by another $10/mo for a 2 year plan. So, although the price on the device was cut from $399 to $199 (for 8GB), the usage fees have gone up at least $240 for the life of an AT&T contract, excluding wireless taxes. Accordingly, the "price cut" that was touted to increase "affordability" and increase the number of users is actually a price increase to the consumer over the life of their AT&T contract.

Also omitted is that the "convenience" touted in prior Keynotes about activating the phone in the privacy of your home through iTunes is a relic of the past. As an unlocking prevention measure, AT&T now requires activation in-store.


Manveer   June 10th, 2008 9:36 am ET

You know what, I dont know know if its a good news or bad.. i mean the whole point of buying apple product (other than the obvious reasons) is the feeling u get when u stand in a line for freaking 5hrs and buy what u love. And then one fine day same product with different version comes out which is better and cheaper than before....mmmm
I guess its better to wait rather than having sleepless nights.
I guess most of all iphone owners dont even care about the price, I might even stand in line again to buy this new verion as well.
My whole point is don't take the feeling away. Even if you want to take care of your crazy royal fans.

have a nice day.


Larian LeQuella   June 10th, 2008 11:39 am ET

I'm surprised Apple is willing to alienate so many of their own customers with all this hyping up and then changing their products in such rapid succession. Furthermore, while this is an improvement, it's not a huge change. Oh well, I guess that since I am a Verizon customer, I'll be avoiding this one too.


Justin   June 10th, 2008 12:07 pm ET

Larian : What is the deal with people complaining about advancing technology? So Apple should just sit back and not release new products so the tools who buy things as status symbols can get their ego fix without having to shell out for a new device? Some of us buy technology for the features and capabilities and like frequently updated products. This is as bad as people that call Apple or Microsoft greedy and evil. Of course they are greedy!!! This is business! It is their job to maximize profit. People are pathetic and ignorant sometimes....


icecold   June 10th, 2008 12:14 pm ET

How is that alienating customers? Improving upon perfection is what makes technology so great! Personally, I have an iphone and there are some things that need to be corrected! I welcome change, not putting negative comments where they don't belong!


Dan F   June 10th, 2008 1:17 pm ET

Anyone have any idea when Apple will migrate the iPhone to other carriers?


Larian LeQuella   June 10th, 2008 1:39 pm ET

Sorry I wasn't totally clear in my comment. Was posting on a flyby. Apple is PUSHING their old product knowing full well they have an advancement in the works, but keeping said advancement so close holed that the consumer isn't able to make an informed decision about their current purchase. I understand they need to make money, and maybe "unload" their current generation of iPhones, but Jobs seems to deliberately obfuscate what is happening in order to build a hype that isn't there.

I have no problem with small improvements, I have no problem with marketing, but to make a mountain out of a molehill goes a bit far IMHO.


Matthew Davidson   June 10th, 2008 2:04 pm ET

What about us unfortunate souls who shelled out the $400 + for an IPhone originally? Will we get the option to upgrade with all the new bells and whistles? And will the upgrade include an additional cost? By additional cost, I mean in addition to the extra "IPhone Service Fee" we all pay on top of our normal cell phone bills. My cost is an additonal $20 per month, on top of my regular cell phone bill!!

Also, has there been any talk from the big wigs at Mac, to resolve some of the "issues" that the cell-phone portion of this amazing device has? i.e. Cannot send or receive pictures to/from another mobile device; Cannot send multiple text messages at once; etc.

Inquiring (and slightly bemused) minds would love to know.

Thanks!


Jack   June 10th, 2008 2:07 pm ET

Um pushing? I think not.

It has been common knowledge that a 2nd version of the iPhone was in development since the first one was released. The rumor mills had the features pretty close as well. A quick google would have told you all about the new iPhone, including a few spy photos. There is always a bigger and better deal on the horizon if you are willing to wait. Call it progress.

Further, how do you expect a business to run without holding their cards close to their vests? All businesses, who want to compete in a very lucrative global market place keep secrets. It keeps your competitor from stealing your ideas and leap frogging you to the consumer.

All businesses create hype, it is call MARKETING. It is how you sell products.

I don't see any problem with any of it. Just good old fashioned capitalism.


Angus McDugan   June 10th, 2008 2:58 pm ET

She still does not get it. I can't imagine a company's marketing stating something like "here is our new phone, but you may want to wait untl next year to spend your money."


Steve   June 10th, 2008 3:13 pm ET

Why oh why this unholy union with AT&T? I have an iPhone and I love it, used it with AT&T for the 1st 30 days, and then ended the contract. As cool as the phone is, I really couldn't justify $60 a month for it. Now its going to $70 to use 3G . Seventy dollars? I pay less for high-speed AND a verizon plan. I know its cool, I know its convenient, believe me, I'm an iPhone fanboy, but I can feed a family in Africa for a month for half that. Why only one carrier? Why the high price? Am I the only one that thinks this is just a tad expensive? Or is this really just a case of bourgeois techno-joy?


Jack   June 10th, 2008 4:00 pm ET

I own a first generation iPhone, but I found the new one really disappointing. The 3G is not that much faster than EDGE, and the GPS implementation is about the last possible they could've done (just a flashing dot on the map?) I was all set to trade mine in for a new one, but it's just not that interesting of an upgrade. And someone already posted about the scam "price cut" that's actually a price increase.


Rafael Quinones   June 10th, 2008 4:26 pm ET

Never fails...every time Apple comes out with an improvement on the products, the jealous competition latches on to the old, "That's just awful, what they're doing to their customers" act. Simple matter is, improvements are a must...and those that don't wish them don't have to purchase the newer items. You Apple haters really need to find something to do with your spare time...like purchasing an iPhone and welcoming progress, rather than poo-pooing it.


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Max   June 10th, 2008 5:08 pm ET

I'm glad Apple came out with a newer iphone. I don't see how Blackberry, Palm, and other cell phone mnf. can compete now. My biggest problem is the AT&T monopoly. I've had t-mobile for 9 years, and while t-mobile in europe carries the iPhone, at&t still has the contract stateside. I guess I'm going to have to switch services later this year.


nm   June 10th, 2008 5:15 pm ET

I only want to know when is AT&T is going to be out of the picture and other carriers allowed in – Hate the monopoly !


JKT   June 10th, 2008 5:25 pm ET

Yes, I'm planning on getting one. In fact, I'd be getting it today if it were available, and my biggest gripe is that I have to wait another month to buy. I skipped the previous version of the iPhone as it was a bit too slow for data, and data is the primary reason I want one. AT&T is another downer but with almost everything in life you have to take the bad with the good.
As for the feature set, I see little not to like. I'll use it as my GPS, my DS, my iPod, my PDA, my Wikipedia-anywhere, my IM, my e-mail, and (yes) even my phone. So yeah, I guess I'm blocking out time on either the night of 7/11 or the morning of 7/12 to stand in line for one.


nahid   June 10th, 2008 5:29 pm ET

excellent article


Shawn   June 10th, 2008 5:51 pm ET

@Larian,

I'm sorry but it is a bit naive to buy a piece of technology today without the understand that something new and more advanced is coming out in the near future. This is the pace of technology.

I did not buy the previous iPhone precisely because it lacked 3G. I guessed they'd add it at some point when the battery tech got there(3G is a hog on power). And too me, this is no molehill, it's a HUGE issue.

As for pre-announcing upgrades, that's nuts in my opinion. Why would you want to give a competitor an idea of what you are working on next? That usually equals death in the technology market.


MIcah   June 10th, 2008 5:58 pm ET

JR.....Yes they did increase the data plan for the iphone but you get so many more features than before such as GPS navigator which is included in the data plan. If you haven't owned the previous model iphone then you really cant say much about it until you have held one in your hand. As for you Larian I agree with icecold, You cant expect apple not to progress with their technology, and add more of the features that the consumer is looking for. As with any product that comes out there is always room for improvement. At least apple is stepping right up and adding these improvements that we(actual owners of an Iphone) have asked for. And as far as pushing the product... isn't that the whole point ...its called business.. Apple has been leaking info about the new iphone for months. Yet despite that they can not keep the "old" models in stock. So to sum it all up lets quit whining about this amazing product and look forward to its release.


Erik   June 10th, 2008 6:01 pm ET

The iPhone is fun and all, but personally, I'm waiting for Google Android powered phones. Google Maps integration (including Street View) and many, many other awesome features. Search for "google android" on YouTube and check it out. Should be some phones available with it 4q of this year.


Fish   June 10th, 2008 7:25 pm ET

Larian, what on earth do you do for a living that this concept is foreign to you?

EVERY COMPANY that makes anything is making a new one before the first one even ships. There is intentional overlap in project schedules to continue following the product roadmap. Version one will include certain "must" items and will ship at a determined date. Features which are "wants" will get pushed to the next planned release if the schedule gets tight (hint: it always does). Version two will contain the bug fixes necessary for the known issues in the first release, the "want" features which have become "musts" in this new version, and a set of entirely new features focused on customer feedback from the first version.

You ever notice that '07 model year cars are full price until the day AFTER the '08 models come out? You don't see the manufacturers discounting their current product line BEFORE the new release, ever, in any business segment, of any market. That's called undercutting your own business.

Of course there's a new model coming out. I know it. You know it. We all know it. We still buy it, because we want/need the item... now.


Erick Morales   June 10th, 2008 8:03 pm ET

Yep, I'll get one when the're down to 30 bucks @ Kmart.
My first CD player would look like you coul grill a sandwich in it today. $450.00 for something few other people had. In those days there were less than 200 CD titles.

I feel comfortable waiting for a couple of more generations by Christmas. I'm waiting for one that has a tracking chip so I can tie it to my dog and call my dumb mutt home jajaja. If it has a build in digital pet, even better. That sucker will have a better friend to play with. Im too old to chase him around.


Jim   June 11th, 2008 1:05 am ET

I recently have used the device as.. yup, a phone! But, as many states have laws against various forms of distraction while driving primarily focused on cell phone use, I find the iPhone seriously lacking as a phone. There is NO voice recognition for calling, without the need to look at the screen. Almost every brand has many of its models with this feature. Apple, for those of who want use this safer way to drive and talk, figure it out, others have. ... and, while I am getting fewer bars in more places, give us an alternate carrier!


JP_NTX   June 11th, 2008 2:00 am ET

Unfortunately US customers think 3G, blogging with cell phone etc. are novel features in cellphones. Go check what's been available in Europe for three years already. Nokia & Ericsson smartphones were capable of surfing the net 5-6 years ago.

The upside for traditional cell phone manufacturers (read: Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola) is that finally consumers start to understand what one can actually do with a smartphone. So far, US operators have managed to keep best features unavailable fo consumers for years. As by example, my wife has called to her homeland in Europe from her cell phone through Skype (a VoIP-client) for two years already. When we're at home and she takes WLAN connection, call is absolutely free. If she calls through EDGE network, the price is ~12cents/minute. It is charged by a cell phone operator in Europe for connecting the IP-call to cellular network

If you're after bells and whistles, buy yourself an unlocked 3G phone with WLAN and open SW platform.

Only after that you come to learn what you a smartphone really means.


freddy   June 11th, 2008 2:25 am ET

will AT&T monopolize the IPhone sales?


Franko   June 11th, 2008 5:53 am ET

"Android hacked to run on real hardware"

Google gPhone software is the Trojan Horse that will tower above all.

The software runs not only on phones, but also on other platforms.
Just think of a software for your phone, pc, game console, etc.
Open source, do everything devices.

The hardware will just become a commodity, with Google, the conductor, orchestrating the cash flow.


Dennison Jones   June 11th, 2008 8:19 am ET

iPhone is iRetarded anyway. Any Joe Shmoe who buys this crap from Apple is a moron. You can find at least a dozen cell phones on the market that do the same thing. It is nothing special.


Rob   June 11th, 2008 9:39 am ET

You call these upgrades (3G)? This tech has been out for ages overseas. Just about every phone nowadays has 3G. The slogan for the iPhone should be "same sh*t, different day". And this nonsense about the price cut on the phone...strictly a marketing scheme to get people to "think" they are paying less when in reality they are getting royally screwed up the a**. Nice try Steve, but I think I'll pass.


D. Rich   June 11th, 2008 10:24 am ET

You neglected to mention all of bad things about the iPhone. Everyone is going to need to know them to weigh their decision.
http://www.redrome.com/iphone-news


Scott   June 11th, 2008 10:36 am ET

It's great that Mr. Job's has come up with a newer phone for the ages. I would just like to know what he would like to say to the over 6 million people that paid over $700.00 once you get all the needed accessories and now have a sub par version at best. The new slogan of “twice the speed—half the price” is an insult to me and should be for the current priced gouged customers. Then to top the complete disappointment, the new 2.0 upgrade which has a variety of applications (most of which are just gimmicks with no real value) is not free and will cost us current owners even more money—GREAT and we have to wait almost a month until July 11th to receive this stipend of gratitude. To say that “some are even free” is another insult considering the money Apple has already pocketed. I spoke with Apple several months ago and was given the belief that the navigation was going to be upgraded and that features as simple as video recording (which 90% of even the most basic cell phones currently have) would be added to the new 2.0 upgrade (upgrade being a convoluted point).
Would somebody please send a message to Apple that the people that made this phone so popular are mad as hell and Apple should be working day and night to come up with something of substance for the current owners!!!! Every current owner should be going to the Apple website and voice your discontent so that “maybe” Mr. Job’s will get the feedback!!!


Lynda Duke   June 11th, 2008 10:53 am ET

Another expensive phone, and no one but AT&T customers can have it – sad that they are so afraid of people getting their hands on it – they could have made some serious money on these phones. Will I buy one – no.


Jim in PA   June 11th, 2008 11:14 am ET

The iPhone may be a nice evolution of existing technology, but it shouldn't really inspire all the awe I am reading. It's almost as if nobody realizes you can already go G3 on the Sprint network with a Palm device that also has web surfing, MP3 player, GPS, great PDA features, camera, and a HUGE universe of third party apps. So... what's the big deal?

he best part is that Palm is releasing a new model this summer with WiFi. So if you only need occassional web access, you can ditch the expensive monthly data plan, and just sit down at a WiFi hotspot when you need to.

Sorry, I just don't understand the intensity of the Apple hype.


Adam   June 11th, 2008 11:20 am ET

*points, laughs at all those that spent $500+ and waited in line for the first generation of iPhones*


Pablobigaso   June 11th, 2008 11:52 am ET

Like other posters, my problem s less with pricing of the iPhone and more about AT&T's monopoly. As soon as they open it up to other carriers, I'll buy. Not til then.


Jim in PA   June 11th, 2008 12:11 pm ET

It is 12:10PM. Why is my 11:14AM comment still awaiting moderaton? Hasn't CNN's Bangalore workforce started the day yet?


John   June 11th, 2008 12:20 pm ET

I bought a new car a while ago; but just found out that the new model has a bunch of features that I didn't get. Maybe I'll follow the logic some propose here and tell the dealer that I demand an upgrade to the new model... Bet that will fly...


CHRIS   June 11th, 2008 1:00 pm ET

THE IPHONE GOOD –
* NICE TOY
* SUDO IPOD
* INTERNET

THE IPHONE BAD –
* DOESNT VIDEO STREAM
* CONTRACT ($$$) GOT YOU BY THE **** NUTS.. IF THE PHONE BREAKS OR MALFUNCTIONS YOU CANT DO REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER, JUST HAVE TO WAIT OUT THE REPAIR AND BE PHONELESS
* APPLE STORE COUNTER OR ATT GUYS CANT FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE MICROSOFT EXCHANGE EMAIL ONBOARD THE IPHONE


R.Michael   June 11th, 2008 1:20 pm ET

Come on, Apple has appeal to some and not others. The cool factor and ease of use being some of the appeal. I have waited for the 2nd gen iPhone and I can hardly wait any longer. I'm not a business guy I'm a busy dad of 4 who would like some ease of use and a cool factor. Can't wait.


iThink iDream of iPhone 3G | The Apple Iphone Blogs   June 11th, 2008 1:23 pm ET

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Trevor   June 11th, 2008 1:35 pm ET

I'm so tired of hearing the word "monopoly" thrown around when it comes to ATT. Apple "partnered" with the largest provider in the country. ATT also had the technology and the commitment to handle Apple's requirements. No other provider could have done that. As for the price. Sounds to me like champagne taste with a beer budget. You wouldn't walk into a Chevy dealership and buy a corvette and say you wanted to pay Chevette pricing!


cynik   June 11th, 2008 2:48 pm ET

The thing to take away from the collective sentiments in this comment list is......... people are hugely interested in Apple products. They love them, and they hate them.

Fact: The iPhone has 90% customer satisfaction rating.

Therefore........ those that use Apple products love them, and those that do not use them hate them.

Ding!


starzzguitar   June 11th, 2008 4:27 pm ET

If you have the time to play around with these things, you must be accomplishing absolutely nothing of worth. I can get the internet, phone, text and even gps on a regular bluetooth phone now. Why do I need this thing? You know what? People talk too much.


John Delavacio   June 11th, 2008 4:45 pm ET

I don't understand this entire coverage of the iPhone as a technology breakthrough. First of all, 3G networks have existed in Europe and other regions for many years now, and 3G capable smartphones have been offered on those markets for many years as well. Secondly, much more technologically advanced devices are currently on the market, such as HTC Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1, Samsung i900 Omnia, Eten glofiish X900, etc. (those are just a few examples featuring the same or similar form factor as the iPhone, and exceeding features/capabilities) Obviously they are all 3G enabled and feature GPS modules, as well as featuring faster processors, capabilities for editing MS office documents, bluetooth data exchange and stereo streaming, synchronization with MS Exchange, and so on. The only thing that is different about the iPhone is its multi touchscreen interface, which nice but from technology stand point nothing special. Therefore labeling it as a groundbreaking device just shows lack of knowledge about this market or wearing fanboy goggles. The iPhone is just one of many smartphones currently available on the market, delivering customer satisfaction mainly to the Apple fan base, and there is nothing wrong with that, but blowing its importance out of proportion is ridiculous.


Mike   June 11th, 2008 5:51 pm ET

I don't see how an increase in the data plan surprises anyone. It's the exact same for -any- internet service. I can't go to my ISP and say "I want twice the speed, and I don't want to pay extra." You get more, you pay more.


steve   June 11th, 2008 6:27 pm ET

Answer to Chris,

The new 3G iPhone will have a similar Microsoft push e-mail type system that is instantaneous and very capable.

The new 3G iPhone will video stream at 3G speeds (4MB file in less than 5 seconds or one 5MB MP4 file in less than 7s).

Whatever the iPod can do, so can the 3G iPhone and better (due to constant updates to OS X that iPhone runs on). Some older iPods don't use OS X at all.

New third party software will take advantage of a Word Viewer, Excel Viewer and Powerpoint creater and viewer. Multiple document editors will be available in late July 2008.

Epocrates and Unbound medicine have medical software products ready for July 11- 2008 launch.

Audio and voice recording software will also be available.

Memory space to be used on the iPhone to transport a file from a PC to iPhone and then back to another PC will be available (as is available for Mac version already).

Sega has 3 new games for the 3G and iPhone ready. One will be available on July 11- 2008 launch.

Enjoy.


Franko   June 11th, 2008 7:23 pm ET

"Sorry, I just don’t understand the intensity of the Apple hype."

Fashion accessory. Display your personality. Pink Poodle as a watchdog ?

Apple locks you in, then abandons the obsoleted.

However, this year is the start of the smart, do everything device.
StarTreck with teleporter, coffe maker, phasor, scanner, communicator . .. ...All in one


Joseph   June 11th, 2008 9:30 pm ET

Actually, the whole thing with the iPhone hype boils down to the lack of competition on the GSM market, where the only players are AT$T and T-Mobile. That allowed them to systematically cripple the features on their smartphones, so now the regular US user think surfing the net, watching TV and gaming on your cell phone is something novel... It is not. Just as an example, with any Windows based smart phone one can use Skype both on EDGE and 3G networks to place free calls to other Skype users, or paid calls to anyone via SkypeOut. That is very common in Europe and Japan for example. Similarly the same can be achieved on a Symbian based device with an ease. At the same time Apple bans development of VoIP applications in the SDK agreement... Most if not all of the other smarts offered by AT$T cannot run Skype out of the box either, at not without application unlocking them first.


Mark   June 11th, 2008 9:31 pm ET

What is really annoying, and total BS, is i went into the store to ask questions about the rumor that a new phone was due out soon. The clerks stated nothing was due to be released for th next year, and that the price was going to be the same. After several different reassurances I purchased the Iphone. I guess I am the sucker that actually beleived a sale's person and got the phone. I would not mind paying the extra $10 per month in data. I know it costs more but I would rather pay $199.00 and get a 3g phone with a more expensive plan then the edge network which really sucks in my area.

I am still wondering if they are going to offer another rebate for those who got giped or lied to like the last time they lowered the price.


Franko   June 12th, 2008 1:32 am ET

Apple has proprietary hardware and software. Hooked into proprietary MicroBug$ internet server, via BattleStar ATT. Time to hide and wait for open source phone and carrier independent Android.

Should be good lineup of products before Christmas.


bob from accounting   June 12th, 2008 8:50 am ET

Too bad it's still made by apple, and that providers still charge up to $15 per MB transfered off of wifi access networks.... im waiting for the Ubunutu XPhone, that doesn't suck and isn't made by the biggest profit-hungry computer company in the world...thanks


David   June 12th, 2008 8:54 am ET

People who are complaining about technology changing need to get over it. It happens.
While I agree that is sucks to have bought $600 worth of phone only to have a newer and much cheaper version come out 1 year later, it is not a new phenomenon and will continue to happen forever. I remember how NOT mad I was when the dvd player came out right after I bought that new VCR. It happens.

I will be buying the iPhone 3g, I do not own the original iPhone nor any other Apple products, but I am willing to jump on the "CURRENT" technology of this generation of iPhone. I am well aware that there will be newer versions and I will probably want them as well. What I won't do is complain that technology is advancing when the new phones come out.

In addition, to any of those people complaining about the pricing of the data plan, get over it.
If anyone should be complaining, it should be people like me who have been watching 1st gen iPhone users getting away with $20/month plan while I was paying $39.99 for my treo for the same service.
But I didn't, because I know how business works, and I know that I have a choice as a consumer to buy or not to buy.

If you don't want to use/pay for AT&T then move to a different country or wait, like I did, for what you want.

PS. I also know that for CNN or any other publication to print a mis-leading headline or incompletely researched article is also fair game and has been happening since ink was invented. I have gotten over it and learned that you must be an educated consumer and person.


James   June 12th, 2008 8:58 am ET

Apple can keep their lousy Iphone until one can use it on a decent carrier like Verizon. ATT is about the worst carrier to have an exclusive contract with. If they want to sell more Iphones, than make them available to everyone. They are snubbing the customers who already are bound to contracts with other carriers.


syl   June 13th, 2008 4:16 pm ET

As long as the iphone is with AT&T, I will not get one.


Franko   June 14th, 2008 3:08 am ET

"As long as the iphone is with AT&T, I will not get one."

AT&T is the not Beautiful American.
Similar to the image of historical United Fruit in South America.
Get you in the corner, and work you over.
Reputation for accounting, not decency, humanity, or morals.

I have 3 devices, Magellan GPS, 8MP camera, and a Nokia cell phone. I want all 3 in 1 package, that I can wifi interface, and software to run on my laptop. No flashy handbag is capable. Will wait till my contract runs out around Christmas.


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Are you a gadgethead? Do you spend hours a day online? Or are you just curious about how technology impacts your life? In this digital age, it's increasingly important to be fluent, or at least familiar, with the big tech trends. From gadgets to Google, smartphones to social media, this blog will help keep you informed.

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