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Apple's iPhone 3G is not all it's cracked up to be

Apple's 3G iPhone was met with much fanfare when it launched earlier this month. The new phone brought 3G download speeds, GPS hardware, and a new iTunes App Store among other things. The popularity of the iPhone brand along with the buzz created by Apple generated sales of over one million units worldwide within three days of launch.

All is not well in iPhone 3G land, however. The folks over at Engadget noticed that a number of people are noticing stress fractures/cracks in their iPhone 3G casings. The cracks seem to mostly affect owners of white 16GB iPhone 3G models, but owners of black iPhone 3Gs have reported problems as well (but to a lesser degree).

The majority of the cracks are showing up around the edges of the phone and near the headphone jack. Some people have reported seeing cracks as soon as a day after receiving the phone, while others saw cracks within the first one to two weeks of ownership.

Thankfully for most users, Apple's retail stores are replacing the defective units free of charge on the spot.

Many saw Apple's move to a plastic back for the iPhone 3G instead of aluminum (as seen on the original iPhone) as twofold -- the plastic backing allowed Apple to reduce production costs while at the same time increase reception for the greater number of radios within the chassis.

The news of the cracked iPhone 3Gs comes just a day after the phone was likened to Windows Vista in USA Today. The USA Today article pointed to supply problems, a cumbersome activation process, overloaded activation servers during launch day, and issues with the 2.0 firmware.

"Clearly, Apple is having manufacturing and software problems," said independent analyst Rob Enderle. "A star product like the iPhone does a lot of great things for Apple, but when things go wrong, it can bring down the entire image of a company."

"Vista wasn't finished, and that's what the iPhone feels like," Enderle continued. "It's been rushed onto market, even though it wasn't ready."

Apple 8GB iPhone 3G is available for $199 with a two-year contract with AT&T. The 16GB iPhone 3G rings in at $299 with a two-year contract.

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RE: Now cracks then a health hazard
By FITCamaro on 7/30/2008 7:46:48 AM , Rating: 5
If cell phones caused cancer every 16 year old girl with a cell phone would have a tumor the size of a baseball on their head.

By Master Kenobi on 7/30/2008 8:27:30 AM , Rating: 2
If cell phones caused cancer every 16 year old girl with a cell phone would have a tumor the size of a baseball on their head.

LOL, Agreed.

RE: Now cracks then a health hazard
By Brandon Hill on 7/30/2008 8:41:00 AM , Rating: 4
WRONG! A 16-year-old girl would have massive tumors in her fingers, not her head.

Everyone knows that girls don't use cell phones to talk -- they use them to TEXT!!!!

RE: Now cracks then a health hazard
By crystal clear on 7/30/2008 9:49:36 AM , Rating: 1
Well enjoy those comments....I really dont mind some fun...

But just to inform you-

The Israeli Health ministry has already issued a warning on this-

The Ministry of Health on Sunday published for the first time public guidelines for safe use of cellular and cordless phones. They call for limiting children's use of cell phones, avoidance of cellular communication in enclosed places such as elevators and trains, and use of wired, not wireless, earpieces.

The guidelines were drafted by Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, head of the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.

The measures proposed by the Health Ministry are based on a series of studies conducted throughout the world in recent years, which point to a connection between cell-phone use and exposure to cancer-causing radiation.
One of the studies was conducted by Dr. Sadetzki herself, in collaboration with experts in 16 other countries. The study found a clear link between cell-phone use and a rise in the risk of developing cancer of the salivary glands. In particular, it found a heightened risk for cancer among subjects who made long calls, especially in areas with few cellular antennae since the latter have to emit proportionally more radiation to ensure effective communication.

Well you never know.....just like cigarettes

Mobile phone manufacturers are today where cigarette makers were in the early 1950s: facing risks that may — or may not — redefine the reputation of their industry

Let the jokes begin again............enjoy.

RE: Now cracks then a health hazard
By mles1551 on 7/30/2008 12:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
Thats all fine and great, but over my lifetime doctors and their studies have flip flopped on every subject known to man.
Unless Dr. Zohan can give me concrete evidence (ex.chicken pox leads to red bumps) I'll continue to use my cell phone.

areas with few cellular antennae

How many places now have "few cell antenna"? Maybe this study is just 15 years behind the times or is only pertinent in Montana or former Soviet Republics.

In its announcement Sunday, the ministry added that, taking into consideration current Israeli standards, the amount of exposure to radiation resulting from cellular antennae is very low.

So, I'm supposed to avoid all sources of radiation? Am I going to get a tumor from the next Hot Pocket I nuke in the microwave?

By mindless1 on 7/30/2008 6:58:46 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody is trying to tell you what to do, only trying to give you information so you can make the best choice for your needs.

By crystal clear on 7/31/2008 2:26:04 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry could not respond to you earlier - Now get ready to recieve it-.

If the Israeli Health ministry issues a warning then there has to be credible evidence to issue such a warning.

Just every major company in any field has a huge R&D precense in Israel.Their output is simply amazing & fast.

You got to live here to feel the pace & intensity of a society so foused on R&D.

You can be rest assured that all this research material & finding have already been passed on to the FDA.

Expect a similar announcement from the FDA sooner or later.

In the meantime-

ARS technica has been tracking my comments & have posted a similar article on the subject.

Correlation found between cell phone use, childhood problems

| Published: July 30, 2008 - 01:30PM CT

We the consumer have the right to know the facts & the truth.

As for the researchers findings-I will try to track it down & post on the site.

By SlipDizzy on 7/30/2008 12:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly! I'm pretty sure they're all texting their BFF Jill.

By crystal clear on 7/30/2008 10:08:03 AM , Rating: 2
Well you never know is full of dirty surprises....

till then enjoy......

RE: Now cracks then a health hazard
By mindless1 on 7/30/2008 6:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
Just like with any carcinogen, you wouldn't expect a giant lump growing fast as a weed upon the first few exposures. The time period, the unknown reality of how many might actually get cancer if it is true, is a large gamble.

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