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Want To Know What the iPhone 3G Really Cost?

July 16, 2008

How about $174.33 ...

And while the bill of materials doesn't include the price of shipping the phone, selling it or creating the software that runs it, the inexpensive design is said to be a deliberate move by Apple to fulfill its short-term goal of establishing as much marketshare as possible in the iPhone's history.

In addition to keeping many of the same parts, including the Samsung processor, Apple saves money by redesigning the internal layout.

Rather than two tightly connected circuit boards, for example, the iPhone 3G uses a single but more durable board. The battery is also no longer soldered to the device, making it easier for technicians to replace the battery. 

(Or for those in the know ...)

Read more about how Apple makes this all possible by visiting AppleInsider.

(Thanks to Macworld for the money shot.)

Windows Mobile gets 3G VoIP - WiFi not Required!

July 15, 2008

 Last year Jajah launched the Windows Mobile 6 native SIP client for the the EM-ONE. Frederik Hermann, Director Global Marketing for Jajah emailed me to say, "Today we launched phase 2 of this project, EMOBILE users can now get their own local DID (Direct Inward Dialing number) and can be called at this number from any regular phone, which turns their device into a fully functioning mobile phone, without a cellular connection." Importantly, it features HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), also known as 3G. So in other words, the SIP-based EM-ONE becomes a fully-functional inbound & outbound calling device that only needs a 3G data connection. 100% VoIP for inbound & outbound calling.

iPhone Microsoft Exchange Email Problems

July 15, 2008

Paul Robichaux, is a Microsoft MVP, a Mac user since 1984, an iPhone user since July 8th of last year, and an Exchange admin since 1995. So he's got the technical credentials to know what he's talking about when he blasts the new iPhone's issues with Microsoft Exchange integration.

Here's a teaser:

I should point out that Exchange ActiveSync is a protocol that supports lots of different content types and protocol option. Apple, like most other EAS licensees, has implemented a subset of EAS.

1 Million iPhones and Counting ...

July 14, 2008

Tom writes 'iHate My iPhone Because its iDead'

July 12, 2008

Packet8 MobileTalk on iPhone Adds VoIP Calling

July 11, 2008

8x8, Inc. the provider of the Packet8 VoIP broadband service today announed it has added the Apple iPhone to the list of over 450 mobile handset devices now supported by the Packet8 MobileTalk international calling service. Launched back in November 2007, MobileTalk adds inexpensive calling to the iPhone 2.0 which launched today.

Unlike the truphone iPhone application I blogged earlier today, the Packet8 MobileTalk is web-based interface, so unlike truphone there is no dialer application to download. Instead, it uses a customized web-based dialer, accessible via a standard data plan or WiFi connection, to route calls to a unique local Packet8 access number and then on to the Packet8 digital VoIP network. Once the call has been initiated, the data connection is no longer engaged and the call is carried to completion over the cellular provider's network with only Packet8's low international calling rates applied.

Truphone on iPhone Apple Store enables VoIP

July 11, 2008

Apple Web service outages during iPhone launch

July 11, 2008

As the Apple iPhone ver 2 launches today, Apple had some outage issues with their website.

Late yesterday/last night, Apple users could not access their accounts. Additionally, the TUAW reported today (6:20am Friday) that The Apple Store US is down, though it's up now. The outage last night was a planned outage that was part of the Apple's transition to MobileMe. Essentially, their .Mac accounts' data was being moved to MobileMe, a $99/year service lets people view, update and sync e-mails, calendar appointments & contacts, as well as share files across iPhones, Macs and Windows PCs.

As iPhone mania continues to run rampant today, just take a breather. If you can't access Apple's iPhone web services to download new apps or the Exchange email integration isn't working, just put the iPhone down, go outside, scream at the top of your lungs, "Curses you Steve Jobs for not planning better!", then go back inside look at your precious new newfandangled iPhone and just be glad you own one.

Let the iPhone Sales Begin!

July 11, 2008

The Dead Zone: AT&T's iPhone 3G Coverage Woes

July 10, 2008

Excited about buying Apple's new iPhone 3G, which goes on sale tomorrow?

Pumped about those blazing-fast 3G Internet speeds?

Hope you don't live in beautiful Bozeman, Montana; Burlington, Vermont; or Des Moines, Iowa...

Those are just a few places where your new iPhone will download Web pages just as slow as the old one did -- because AT&T hasn't set up its 3G network there yet.

And how about just getting decent phone service in Fairfield County, CT?

Take a look at how little blue there is (broadband coverage) in one of the most densely populated urban areas in the U.S. Need I say more?

Silicon Valley Insider has more (much more) on this woeful state, including the full AT&T coverage map, which paints a dreary picture ...

... But enjoy your new phone!

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