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AT&T is expected to offer unlimited 3G calling for the iPhone for $20 or less using its new 3G MicroCell device. The device works in regions that are currently dead to AT&T's network.  (Source: Engadget Mobile)
There's lots of new developments concerning the nation's hottest smart phone

There are few major pieces of news to report with the iPhone.  The first is the new 3G MicroCell appliance from AT&T, a device that provides local 3G to the many spots across the nation that are dead to AT&T's 3G network.

The device has not yet received a price, but the rumors are already flying about a possible iPhone tie-inEngadget Mobile and others claim that AT&T will offer unlimited MicroCell iPhone calling for $20 a month.  Reportedly with AT&T Internet, the fee drops to $10 a month, and with AT&T Internet and landline service it goes away entirely.  Reportedly the device will also support 3G data and text message transmission under existing plans.

Currently, AT&T offers iPhone service plans for $60 for 450 daytime rollover minutes, $80 for 900, $100 for 1350, or $120 for unlimited.  Using the new service users may be able to save money by opting for a cheaper plan and calling from their home location.  It is unclear, though, whether the device would first burn through the users' rollover minutes, or whether it would start in unlimited mode.

At any rate, the device may at last prove a cure to the iPhone's perennial signal quality complaints.

The second big piece of iPhone news is that Apple has reportedly opened an investigation into why some users with OS v3.1-equipped iPhones are experiencing poor battery life.  Reportedly, AppleCare teams are emailing customers lists of 11 questions and an app that tracks and reports battery life to Apple.

One key issue is whether the battery life is truly bad, or whether the OS's battery indicator is merely faulty.  Describes one of the reported questions,"When you notice a power drop, does it seem to be a legitimate power drop, or rather an issue with the battery icon indicator?"

Apple is reportedly emailing users who complain about battery life on its forums.  The company is warning customers that install the application not to sync their phones as the battery logs it creates are very large.  They suggest disabling it after Apple has received their information.

Its unclear exactly when or how Apple might use the feedback to improve the iPhone's OS, but its certainly good to see the company taking action on this reported issue.

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you pay me
By Alphafox78 on 9/21/2009 12:16:12 PM , Rating: 5
I think I should get paid for augmenting ATTs crappy 3G service. there should be a discount of $20 as it wouldnt be going through their network at ALL.

RE: you pay me
By SpaceRanger on 9/21/2009 1:04:31 PM , Rating: 2
While I wouldn't expect to be paid for expanding their network, I would gladly take it and use it for no additional cost to me. Even then though, I still won't switch to AT&T for my wireless needs because once I leave the house, I'm SOL once again for network coverage. I don't know about you folks, but I don't stay in my house 24/7.

RE: you pay me
By sigmatau on 9/21/2009 3:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
That could be said about any carrier's coverage. I get better coverage with Boost over Verizon. Freaking Boost is better than Verizon!!!! I was getting one bar at my home with Verizon, 4 bars with Boost.

It just kills me when peopls say, "I'm not going to switch to ATT because of bad service in my area."

Guess what? You can replace ATT in the above sentence with any carrier. Period.

Let me know when Boost is better in your area than ATT. That would be something to talk about.

RE: you pay me
By aebiv on 9/21/2009 1:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I've had excellent luck with AT&T's 3G coverage, from San Francisco, to New Orleans, and the new towers in Omaha, I've always had a minimum of 3Mbps download speeds.

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