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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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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
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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.


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