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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 will need your unlimited calling because..
By omnicronx on 9/21/2009 1:20:37 PM , Rating: 3
They nurfed exchange support on pre GS devices!

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/09/some-exc...

Every single person who had an Apple device in my company found out very quickly that our servers enforce encryption. Now they have heavy paperweights as our IT department already told them they will not go out of their way to support it. I wonder how many other business users were left in the cold.




By ersts on 9/22/2009 7:46:00 PM , Rating: 2
That does suck.

Just to make sure this is clear, all iphones support encryption, but only the 3GS supports saving that data on the device encrypted.

To be fair though, if you don't have WM6 (or is it 6.1), they don't support it either (only the main memory is encrypted, and with such little standard memory included with the phone, everyone needs an expansion card, especially for email attachments).

Oh, and from somebody who has supported WM5 in the past for using EAS, it sucks, and after a few days to weeks, it just stops syncing or stops receiving push email, with no error messages, and the only solution is a hard reset. It pisses everyone of because that first sync after a reset takes some around an hour, and that was on Verizon's 3G network. I bet that is why BEM (Blackberry Enterprise Mail) is currently #1; their solution probably "just works."


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