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3G iPhone to start at $199 for AT&T customers according to Fortune

Rumors surrounding Apple's upcoming second generation iPhone have been running rampant lately. Considering that almost any new product release from Apple is followed more closely than your favorite NCAA basketball team during March Madness, it should come as no surprise that all eyes are on the new iPhone.

Within the past week, there have been rumors that the second generation, 3G iPhone will have full GPS capabilities, a headphone jack that is no longer recessed, chrome volume buttons, and a shiny black rear housing all in a footprint slightly thicker than the existing iPhone.

Fortune piled on the news swirling the 3G iPhone by revealing what it claims to be AT&T's new subsidizing program for customers. According to a source familiar with AT&T and Apple's plans, AT&T will subsidize the cost of the new phones to the tune of $200 each. This means that the 8GB model will set users back just $199 with a two-year contract while 16GB customers will have to fork over $299.

According to Fortune's source, the $200 subsidy will only be available to AT&T customers who sign up for a two-year contract. Fortune goes on to add that AT&T can quickly recoup its initially outlay due to the fact that typical iPhone users rack up monthly phone bills of $100 versus $50 for most other phone customers.

Fortune’s source added that the 3G iPhone will launch in late June and that Apple will discontinue the first generation iPhones leading up the release date to drive sales for its latest and greatest product. The source also confirmed the inclusion of a GPS chip with the 3G iPhone, but offered contradictory information with regards to its footprint which they claim is 2.7 mm thinner.

When Apple launches its 3G iPhone in a few months, it will come with firmware which will make it more attractive to business customers. Apple will also make available a new iTunes App Store from which customers can download third-party apps directly to their iPhones. 

An SDK is already available which allows developers to create programs for distribution through iTunes.



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Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By InternetGeek on 4/29/2008 8:57:34 PM , Rating: 1
The article says the new firmware will appeal better to business users, does that mean that I can connect the iPhone to Outlook?

Anyone knows if the iPhone has support for WLAN (b/g etc)?

Can I plug in my own SD card?

I tend to prefer a Blackjack because I can develop applications for it using Visual Studio, but if the iPhone can do any of the last 2 things, using the SDK I could work on the first question.




RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 4/29/08, Rating: -1
RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By Fnoob on 4/29/2008 9:35:51 PM , Rating: 2
I also have a RIM crackberry, but mine runs Outlook Exchange. Which is good, works, etc.

I'm would love to trade this brick for a svelte little flatscreen... but the lack of an actual keyboard is a deal breaker. You can't reply to the boss while doing 90 quite so easy with the iPhone.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By Polynikes on 4/29/2008 11:26:51 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
You can't reply to the boss while doing 90 quite so easy with the iPhone.

That sentence is just wrong.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By mondo1234 on 4/30/2008 12:34:15 AM , Rating: 2
Whats Verizon going to do with the Voyager? Drop it to $99?


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By Omega215D on 4/30/2008 3:16:33 AM , Rating: 2
I would hope so since I could use a new phone =D


By robinthakur on 4/30/2008 4:29:12 AM , Rating: 1
More like drop it to nothing and pay you to take the stock off its hands when the 3g iphone comes out...


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By Ardan on 5/25/2008 1:14:24 AM , Rating: 2
No kidding, very wrong indeed.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By UNCjigga on 4/30/2008 12:30:15 PM , Rating: 2
Svelte touchscreen with a keyboard? Sounds like you wanna wait for the next-generation HTC Touch (search the blogs for 'Raphael' and 'Diamond'.)


By masher2 (blog) on 4/30/2008 12:50:44 PM , Rating: 3
Or the Sony Xperia.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By InternetGeek on 4/29/2008 9:40:49 PM , Rating: 2
I cannot tell why you were rated down but it could be because a lot of people either love it or would rather have us not use a Microsoft product. I've done limited work in Lotus notes and hated it. It was like using a Win98 application or something worse.

I have two issues with Outlook:

- Why PST files? My PC is completely slowed down whenever I open Outlook because my PST file is too large (over 2gigs). Why is this? I'm sure they can do better on this front.

- I use a Nokia cell phone and have found that sometimes some contact details and details types are not transferred correctly.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By TomZ on 4/29/2008 11:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why PST files? My PC is completely slowed down whenever I open Outlook because my PST file is too large (over 2gigs). Why is this? I'm sure they can do better on this front.

Hate to ask the question, but why the heck do you have a 2GB PST file? What do you do to manage your Outlook, or do you just let it grow and grow? Some suggestions: delete and/or archive old e-mails, empty the recycle bin, compress the PST file, etc.

I personally have three PST files loaded in Outlook. First is Personal Folders - the default Outlook Inbox basically. Second is "<Company Name> 2008.pst," where I archive important items related to my work. Third is "Personal 2008.pst" where I archive personal items. Important items get moved from Personal Folders to the appropriate 2008 file.

Each year I start a new set of work and personal PST files and archive the old ones. I keep the previous year's files online but not loaded by Outlook, so I can open them quickly if necessary. Older years are stored offline. I compress the PST files from time-to-time.

Managing Outlook in this way takes very little time day-to-day.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By InternetGeek on 4/29/2008 11:58:14 PM , Rating: 2
I organize my information in folders rather than in files. That way I make it easier to backup everything without missing something.

Whenver asked I let outlook archive the old stuff.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By cleco on 4/30/2008 10:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
Why even use a .PST ? ? Is your company too cheap to have enough storage space on their exchange server?

Just enable cache exchange mode and you can view all your files offline. also PST can become corrupt easily around 2GB (from my experience) and using the PST fix tool usually doesn't work.

Anywho just wondering IPHONE SUCKS lol j/k i wish i could afford one :(


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By TomZ on 4/30/2008 10:24:03 AM , Rating: 2
Most small companies do not have Exchange servers. Same for nearly all individuals. It's not really a question of being cheap; it's just not cost effective.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By ninjit on 4/30/2008 9:32:13 PM , Rating: 2
Which is why I encourage all my clients to move their email over to Google Apps.

6GB of storage space + IMAP access for free? And the uptime is better than the Yahoo SMB or GoDaddy email services they were all paying for before anyway - pretty much a no-brainer.

Microsoft is trying to compete with their Office-Live service, but so far it isn't really up to snuff.


By kamel5547 on 4/29/2008 11:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
I've had no major problems with Lotus Notes. The only issue with our BB system has been the fact that you need tomanually sync contacts from the local desktop to the web in order to see the changes on the PC....

Shrug, for the complaints I've gotten I've pretty much been able to turn them aside by showing people how to use Lotus Notes, generally I've found the people who hate it are either configured incorrectly, or simply frustrated as they cannot figure out how to do things they used to know how to do in Outlook.

Just my observation of course, I've used both and really haven't had much of a problem with either. As I hinted at before, configuration plays a big part in your experience. Changing a couple settings will pretty much make Notes go from extremely slow to fairly quick ( or vice-versa).


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By iFX on 4/29/2008 11:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
Having managed Exchange servers in a large enterprise environment (6000 mailboxes and close to 3000 public folders) I can say it's not really any better than Lotus. They both pretty much such.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By iFX on 4/30/2008 12:55:05 AM , Rating: 2
*Suck.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 4/30/2008 8:17:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure server side they aren't a whole lot different. My beef comes with the client. Lotus wants to be everything. A poor database program, an email program, and a multitude of collaboration garbage. I find none of it ever works right, and we won't even get into the Sametime 8.0 client. I mean 400MB WTF?

In either case, Lotus still doesn't calendar properly and has the most inconsistent user interface I've ever encountered (excluding some apps we built internally.... WTF there as well).

I also find that the majority of the Lotus supporters tend to be people that mod the crap out of the client because even they recognize a standard install is a steaming pile of crap.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By Fnoob on 4/29/2008 9:26:01 PM , Rating: 2
I think this new unit indeed "will appeal better to business users" if the answers to your questions are affirmative.

For $199 bucks this thing becomes a monster if it will actually do 'real world' work.


RE: Unlocked, WLAN, Outlook support?
By Dug on 4/29/2008 9:27:24 PM , Rating: 3
Yes (exchange active sync if you want)
Yes
No


By chromal on 4/30/2008 2:39:34 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I've read that in iPhone firmware v2.0, they're adding support for exchange/ActiveSync as well as Cisco VPN protocols. That's a pretty big value-add for most Microsoft-centric offices.


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