When the Apple iPhone 3G first made its global debut on July 11, Apple stores around the world experienced a cavalcade of technical glitches, mostly due to server meltdowns that weren't able to handle the amount of in-store activations. Days after the phone's debut, there were still long lines at Apple stores across the nation, as people waited patiently for the second-generation device.
Last Thursday, I decided to jump into the iPhone fray. As an Apple fan and a gadget aficionado, I've wanted one for some time, but just couldn't justify the lack of features of the original iPhone. Now that the iPhone 3G has the 3G and GPS functionality I wanted, I figured it was time. Despite the concerns over buggy software and battery issues, I wanted to have a firsthand experience to make my own mind up about it. So I went down to the local Apple store in San Francisco Thursday evening around 5 p.m.
Already, there was an iPhone line outside the store. I was fourth in line, and there was an Apple store employee outside, asking and answering questions. He mostly wanted to know if we were existing AT&T customers or not, and if we were transferring numbers over, he warned us that there would be a credit check, and that we would need our account number from the previous provider.
He then told us we had to wait outside so as to not overcrowd the store. By the time I got there, the employee told me that I would have a 30- to 45-minute wait. So I waited. During those 30 or so minutes, the line grew from 4 people to about 10, and it soon made sense why we were told to wait outside.… Read more
Philippines auction site Auction.ph is planning to make the Apple iPhone 3G available on the Web site, but issues such as product sourcing and potential carrier partnerships remain hazy.
In a press briefing Friday, Auction.ph--one of the country's pioneering auction sites--unveiled a special program to put the new iPhone for sale at an online auction.
"It is a promo for our loyal users and online merchandisers," said Angelo Hernandez, public relations chief at Auction.ph. The executive said Auction.ph will initially auction off one iPhone 3G unit, with a starting price of "only" 1 peso (2 cents), at bidding increments of 0.5 peso.
Hernandez said the company expects a "lucky" bidder to snare the iPhone 3G--which goes on sale in the Philippines on Friday, August 22--at a cost far less than the announced price tag of the mobile device.
The appeal of purchasing the phone on the site, he said, is that Auction.ph already has a "fixed" price range for the iPhone 3G, from 1 peso to 5,000 pesos ($110). The price range is considerably cheaper than the 30,000 (US$663) price tag of the iPhone currently offered in the local market, he added.
Hernandez, however, remained mum on whether the Apple phone will be a regular item on the auction site.
Although it has a substantial user base, he said, Auction.ph has yet to initiate talks on how it will source for iPhone units and on possible partnership with local distributors and carriers.
"But we are open to this arrangement," Hernandez said, adding that the auction site has more than 1 million subscribers, including individual sellers, merchants, and bidders.
Auction.ph's CEO and founder, Oh Hyuk, started a similar auction site in South Korea that was eventually acquired by U.S. online giant eBay. … Read more
With tales of iPhone 3G horror abounding on the Web, I figured I was just lucky.
Since Apple loaned CNET an iPhone 3G just over a month ago, I had experienced none of the problems that have plagued so many other users. I didn't have dropped calls or buggy software, and my iPhone wasn't cracking around the edges. Sure, the 3G connection was a bit shaky, and the battery life suffered during a day of heavy use, but on the whole my handset was doing just what it was supposed to do.
That is, until today. Since I … Read more
According to BusinessWeek, Dell plans on taking aim at Apple and will unveil a solution that could see companies from a bunch of industries working together to create the first solution to give consumers real choice.
The idea will be unveiled in September and will attempt to give you more choice in how you buy and consume media, BusinessWeek reports. More importantly, Dell will give its partners the software they need to establish the solution and will try to turn a profit on the sale of hardware.
"Customers want access to content from a broad variety of sources--how, when, and where they choose," Michael Dell told the publication.
"Apple wants to lock you in," Robert Enderle said to BusinessWeek. "Dell wants to lock you in to choice."
But will all those choices translate into a profit and a new standard that will take iTunes and every other proprietary service down? Will buying a song on Amazon.com and sending "it to the mobile phone of a friend or the car stereo of someone who has satellite radio" really work?
Sure, it might appeal to us and I certainly think that's a neat idea, but based on the information we have, it sounds like there are too many moving parts and too many people involved in the decision-making to make this a viable service.… Read more
It's everything you Crave and more. Brian Tong brings Ariel Nunez back to the show to talk about Wii Music, becoming invisible, making beats with the iPhone, and even better VoIP on that same Apple phone!
Reception problems with the iPhone 3G are occurring in towns and cities across the U.S., based on readers' responses this week to CNET News' request for more information about their balky phones.
More information has trickled out this week about the iPhone 3G's reception problems, which are now believed to be the result of a problem with the Infineon chipset inside the unit. Business Week reported Thursday that Apple and Infineon are working on a software fix for the problem, which Apple has yet to officially acknowledge.
But CNET News readers across the country report that many Apple … Read more
When Apple rolled out its Mobile Me service last month, it provided phishers with a golden opportunity to scam users of .Mac, according to a credit card protection service.
"We confirmed this," said Dan Clements, vice president at Affinion Group, the company that owns Card Cops. "...We called some of the .Mac users" found on a trading site used by the Internet underground.
Card Cops includes among its customers major banks worldwide. For the last eight years, the group has been helping its clients and law enforcement track down those who are trading personal information online. … Read more
Apple's MacBook Air could be getting a fresh new look--inside at least--in the coming weeks.
Rumors of new Apple notebooks have been all over the place this summer, given the length of time since the last redesign of the MacBook and Intel's new Montevina chips. But Phone News believes that the MacBook Air will also get a new Penryn chip that will improve performance at the cost of battery life.
There was no press release or official announcement, but AT&T is offering the iPhone 3G for online sale on its business and professional Web site. Though the iPhone has lived on AT&T's biz site since its July 11 release date, previously the site instructed customers to visit their local AT&T for purchase. Now, however, they log into their Premier account "to buy (the) iPhone 3G online today." The cost hasn't changed ($199-$299), but the convenience of buying online is priceless.