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Rate plans start at $59.99 plus a one time activation fee of $36

The launch of Apple's iPhone is just days away and people are already starting to camp out for the next "it" device. Close to 400,000 units could be up for grabs on launch day from 162 Apple Store and roughly 1,800 AT&T locations.

In the mean time, Apple has been trickling out little tidbits of information regarding the iPhone to keep interest high. Over the past week, we’ve learned that the iPhone will ship with YouTube integration along with a higher-capacity battery and a 3.5” display screen with “optical-quality glass.”

Today, Apple and AT&T announced three rate plans that will be available for the iPhone.

"We want to make choosing a service plan simple and easy, so every plan includes unlimited data with direct Internet access, along with Visual Voicemail and a host of other goodies," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "We think these three plans give customers the flexibility to experience all of iPhone’s revolutionary features at affordable and competitive prices."

The entry-level $59.99 plan will get you 450 anytime minutes along with 5,000 nights and weekend minutes. Stepping up to the $79.99 plan will get you 900 anytime minutes and unlimited nights and weekends. The top-level $99 plan gets you 1350 anytime minutes and unlimited nights and weekends.

All rate plans allow for unlimited data (email and web), Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, unlimited mobile-to-mobile and rollover minutes.

Also noted in the press release is that a one-time activation fee of $36 will be charged for the iPhone. Given the extremely high interest level for the iPhone, it's likely that not many will bat an eye at the charge which would usually irritate consumers.

In addition, Apple and AT&T also announced that new iPhone users will be able to activate their phone through iTunes -- there is no need to wait at the store to go through the activation process.

"Users will be able to activate their new iPhone in the comfort and privacy of their own home or office, without having to wait in a store while their phone is activated," said Jobs. "There are tens of millions of people in the US who already know how to sync their iPods with iTunes, and syncing their new iPhone with iTunes works the same way."

"iPhone’s user-driven activation is another example of how AT&T and Apple have partnered to bring innovative new features to our customers," said AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. "iPhone’s innovative activation and sync is just one example of how this is going to be a real industry game-changer."

Apple’s iPhone will be priced at $499 for the 4GB model and at $599 for the 8GB model -- both require a two-year service agreement.



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Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/27/2007 4:11:22 AM , Rating: 2
This is the question, all will be asking very soon-

The phone will use an operating system and a Web browser that have already been available in some form for years, so hackers will have a head start in finding entry points to exploit even before the phone is released. And the iPhone's "closed" operating system makes it impossible to install protection software from security companies like McAfee (nyse: MFE - news - people ) or Symantec (nasdaq: SYMC - news - people ).


http://www.forbes.com/security/2007/06/19/iphone-s...

Andrew Storms, director of security operations at network security firm nCircle, who called the iPhone a "security nightmare" in a recent post, has gone so far as to post a list of security-related questions that he wants Apple to address in a public forum before organizations "reel this new gadget into" their security policies. To wit:

Is data encrypted while in transit?

Is data encrypted on the device?

Is data encrypted on removable memory?

Is data removed if the device hasn't checked in centrally, hasn't received a policy update within a time window or if battery power is too low?

Is there S/MIME support?

Is there PGP support?

Are there electromagnetic analysis countermeasures?

Are there DRM applications (ability to read, but not forward data)?

Is there user authentication by means of password, passphrase or smart card?

Does the device automatically lock and require authentication to unlock?

Are the encryption keys stored on the devices, and are they also encrypted?

Do the network devices have firewalls?

Are the network interfaces disabled by default, and does the user have the ability to disable at will?

Is there the ability to remotely lock and disable the device?

Is there the ability to remotely wipe and back up data?

Is there the ability to centrally develop and enforce policy settings?

Is there centralized reporting of all device events—calls made, data transferred and usage statistics?
Gartner plans to recommend that businesses don't allow iPhones to come onto their premises.



http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2149610,00.as...




RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By hiscross on 6/27/2007 8:04:32 AM , Rating: 1
Apple doesn't own this jerk any response. If he wants answers, then he can buy a iphone or kiss steve's butt in public or what he should actually do is just go away along with all the rest of iphone bashers on this thread. No one is making them buy anything, so stop telling everyone your stupid opinions.


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By darkpaw on 6/27/2007 8:57:27 AM , Rating: 2
Hello Apple fanatic, welcome to the real world. All those issues are the types of issues that someone how cares about thier network security would ask about a device. I don't think there is any device that yet meets all of those, but some things like the encryption features are 100% necessary for business use.


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By hiscross on 6/27/2007 10:01:09 AM , Rating: 2
Evewr heard of Apple's Security Framework? Well, Microsoft has and is using it in Vista. Oh, how about PKI? Apple security framework supports all PKI tokens/cards out of the box no matter what security level. Fanatic? No, just well informed and CISSP certified.


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/27/2007 3:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple doesn't own this jerk any response


But Apple does owe an response to the public,as a responsible corporation & this guy wants an response from Apple in public forums.

Apple is not a dictator,that YOU DARE NOT ASK A QUESTION !

Buy an Apple or not -the public/prospective buyers have the right to ask QUESTIONS-This is democratic USA !

Every product comes under scrutiny here at D.T. let it be any company-Not only Apple

The same set of questions were put forward to M.S.-they did answer them in full-read below

Analysts: iPhone Has Neither Security nor Relevance

As a means of comparison, Microsoft supplied the answers to Storms' questions for Apple as if he had asked them of Windows Mobile. Microsoft's answers:

Is data encrypted while in transit? Yes, the data is transported using SSL, so it is encrypted during transit

Is data encrypted on the device? No.

Is data encrypted on removable memory? Yes.

Is data removed if the device hasn't checked in centrally, hasn't received a policy update within a time window or if battery power is too low? No. However, please note the Exchange server can remotely wipe the device. The device is also wiped if the password is entered too many times as a security measure.

Is there S/MIME support? Yes.

Is there PGP support? No (need third-party application).

Are there electromagnetic analysis countermeasures? No.

Are there DRM applications (ability to read but not forward data)? Yes, support for DRM for media content and IRM for e-mail (read and create is supported).

Is there user authentication by means of password, passphrase or smart card? Yes. Windows Mobile 6 includes the ability to lock your device and require a password to use the device after a specified period of disuse.

Does the device automatically lock and require authentication to unlock? Yes.

Are the encryption keys stored on the devices, and are they also encrypted? Yes, stored on the device and is possible to encrypt them.

Do the network devices have firewalls? No.

Are the network interfaces disabled by default, and does the user have the ability to disable at will? User can disable.

Is there the ability to remotely lock and disable the device? Yes.

Is there the ability to remotely wipe and back up data? Yes, can wipe but cannot back up data.

Is there the ability to centrally develop and enforce policy settings? Yes.

Is there centralized reporting of all device events—calls made, data transferred and usage statistics? No, not today.


So you see the difference.

Why is Apple not talking about security ?


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/27/2007 3:23:52 PM , Rating: 2
Read the contents of the link provided carefully ,then respond.

You cannot SHUT UP people by saying "Dont ask Questions".

We have the right and Apple as a responsible corporation has its duties to answer these questions?


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By hiscross on 6/27/2007 3:40:57 PM , Rating: 1
Apple can do what it likes, as long as it is within the law. It's pretty clear that there are people who want the iPhone, Jobs, and Apple to fail. So be it. Just don't buy their products.


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/27/2007 3:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
Have you used/checked/tested the iPhone,that you are so sure its a good product !Neither any of those prospective buyers !

The answer is NO !


Yes I would buy iPhone - BUT before that I want my clarifications-If I dont get them I DONT BUY !

Read my second post- "The Next Big Thing." could be the next big digital duds ?
By crystal clear on 6/27/07, Rating: 2


Maybe it will make you a bit wiser ! I only wish you good !


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By eman 7613 on 6/27/07, Rating: 0
RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/28/2007 1:34:59 AM , Rating: 2
You know nothing about the the iPhone so dont consider yourself as somebody who knows it all !.

You neither have used/checked/tested the iPhone-in short you are the real IDIOT ! that the real reason you respond this way.


Prospective buyer & the public have the right to ask for information that they think is necessary & or is important to them.

You know nothing about the security or anything else about the iPhone ! nor does anybody else.

You are commenting on the basis of press material put out by Apple,thats all ! like anybody else.

Thats the reason people are asking questions

Your comment does bring any CREDITABILITY to you nor does the language used.


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/28/2007 1:37:43 AM , Rating: 1
Correction-

Your comment does bring any CREDITABILITY to you nor does the language used.

Should read-

Your comment does NOT bring any CREDITABILITY to you nor does the language used.


RE: Is The iPhone Insecure?
By crystal clear on 6/28/2007 2:11:17 AM , Rating: 2
An example of Apple press material-

Security.
Now you can enjoy worry-free web browsing on any computer. Apple engineers designed Safari to be "secure from day one"


http://www.apple.com/safari/

From day one the browser was NOT SECURE !

Read previous article/comments on D.T. for more details.


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