How did I discover this? All I did was call *639# from my iPhone (upgrade eligibility number through AT&T), and got this text that offered me an early upgrade with a new two-year contract, waiving an $18 upgrade fee. My contract is up in July, but other 3G and 3GS customers have reported that AT&T has moved up their upgrade eligibility dates by four months or more. Could this be an attempt by AT&T to retain iPhone users before they lose exclusivity to another carrier later this year? Couple this new offer with the recent rise in ETF fees, and you can bet the farm that AT&T's two-year customers will likely stay put.
Included in the iPhone OS 4.0 announcement was the fact that upgraded software would only be available to customers with the iPhone 3GS — not iPhone 3G or original iPhone users. The older models just couldn't handle all of the OS 4.0 functionality, including multitasking. Additionally, Apple CEO Steve Jobs explained that Apple would no longer be supporting first- and second-generation iPhones.
While first-gen iPhones are no longer sold in stores, some estimates say that one-third of these (and second-gen) phones are still in use. That means there are nearly 2 million iPhones that will soon be unsupported by Apple.
Most people I know who upgrade to more recent versions of the iPhone hold onto their original as a backup or give it to a friend or family member to use. And if you really want an iPhone but find yourself on a budget, the thought of a $50 refurbished 8G iPhone 3G is quite tempting. But would you spend money on a device that either wasn't supported or couldn't handle all of the latest software updates?
The second I got my new iPhone I started playing around with it — even before I read the entire instruction manual (oops). With the latest software release on the iPhone 3GS, Apple introduced a lot of simple fixes that help solve everyday annoyances and hangups with the phone. Here are 10 of my favorite simple tips for the iPhone. Some are made to work only on the 3GS (sorry 3G users!), but all are useful and time saving. Not an iPhone user? Check out my 10 tips and tricks for the Blackberry!
Although you only get two options when choosing an iPhone (even less if you're picking up an iPod Touch), you can always express your individuality with a case. I've got plenty of options for you, but if you're looking for something with a little more sizzle, a little more class if you will, check out these slim-fitting Blink Cases ($20-$25).
These sleek and shiny cases hug the curves of your iPhone or iPod Touch without adding bulk and weight to your pocket. And even though they look like a million bucks, they don't cost a fortune. Coming in four different shades to match your sophisticated taste, Blink cases also come correct with a mirrored face plate so you can touch up your lip gloss or smooth out those perfectly placed waves in your hair. Oh, behave.
- Apple has just opened the online ordering floodgates — now you can order your iPhone 3G online without having to go to an AT&T store. — Engadget
- If you're wondering what the heck has happened to Twitter in the past 24 hours, TechCrunch explains all of the changes. — TechCrunch
- Cordotz are so cute! Buy a $10 identifier kit, which comes with eight colorful Dotz and never wonder what a cord is for again. — CrunchGear
- Use Google's Voice Call feature to find your misplaced or lost cell phone. — Lifehacker
- Unfortunately, there are many ways technology can threaten your privacy. Find out which top threats you should be worried about. — Switched
- It's giveaway time on geeksugar! Be sure to log in for your chance to win an Xbox 360 Console and an Xbox Live Subscription. — geeksugar
Megan Fox has a sexy little package — in her hand that is. She was spotted toting her black iPhone 3G the other day, even multitasking with her coffee thermos in the same hand as the phone (a balancing act I'm familiar with). The last time we checked in with her, not only did she have a first generation iPhone, but she put that one in a protective case.
Her black 3G, though, isn't getting the same treatment, and though I love the way my sleek phone feels sans case, if I'm walking around — and especially, juggling — I'm scared enough of dropping my phone that I put it in a case. However, pre-smartphone, I never used a case, but that was also when I spent way less moola on my cell phones.
What about you? Do you use a case with your cell phone?
Since it's Friday, I couldn't think of a better excuse to bring you three heapings of techjoyment — because I know and you know, it's been awhile! Ashton is the geeky leader of the pack with his sexy and sleek iPhone 3G; then there's Barack rockin' what appears to be his beloved BlackBerry; and last but not least, Tom Cruise snapping some photos with his BB Bold at Daytona this week. Allow me to label them our three cell phone musketeers.
I can't help but get excited when I find new apps and accessories that make my iPhone camera photos crisp and unique. Because I'm constantly sniffing around in the App Store, I've found ways to take black-and-white iPhone photos for free, and now I can take pics that look like it came from a Lomo Oktomat or CyberSampler camera with a cool new app called Quadcam.
Quadcam allows your camera to take multiple photos within seconds of each other. You can adjust timing to get a rapid-fire effect, or choose to let the shutter snap in longer intervals. Plus, you can choose between four or eight single shots in one or two rows, and between black and white or full color. The best part is, it will only cost you $2 to get some pretty sweet results. Take the photo above for example. It was my first attempt with the app, and I think it looks pretty sick.
- What are 30 iPhone Apps that every iPhone owner should have? Take a look at Gizmodo's full list to find out. — Gizmodo
- Did you know that your phone carrier is ripping you off when you send text messages? — Switched
- You can pick up an iPhone 3G for $99 these days. It'll just be refurbished and from AT&T. — Engadget
- The latest firmware download for the BlackBerry Storm has been leaked, and it actually fixes some bugs. — CrunchGear
- On Christmas day alone, Apple's App Store saw a tripling of sales, with game developers cashing in. — MacRumors
I've been there before: I wanted a certain gadget for Christmas, but due to financial constraints, availability, or just plain oversight, I did not find them in my stocking or under the tree come Christmas morning. It's gonna be OK. Take all that cash you've accumulated from your relatives, or just go ahead and splurge (you never know when prices will dip this low again) and get what you really wanted for Christmas. Check out my picks on gadgets you didn't get for Christmas, but should buy for yourself anyway in this slideshow.