During a speech at the CTIA conference, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega “hinted at an unpleasant way of dealing with… the disproportionate wireless bandwidth usage of iPhone users”. PC World’s Mark Sullivan thinks de la Vega will start throttling bandwidth for iPhone users, who according to Sullivan represent only 3% of AT&T’s smartphone users, yet are responsible for 40 percent of over-the-air (OTA) bandwidth usage. AT&T apparently can’t keep up with the demand, especially since the wireless spectrum in the US is getting more crowded nowadays.
Too Many Customers, Too Little Capacity
The problem with “rationing” OTA bandwidth is of course, …read more
Yesterday, Apple blocked Google’s official Google Voice application from the App Store. And this after Apple’s Phil Schiller, the Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, gave his personal approval.
In retrospect, you just had to see it coming. The Google Voice iPhone app basically allowed free texts and much cheaper calls. That meant more money for carriers from data plans, but less profit from their traditional voice and SMS services.
It’s easy to point fingers at partner AT&T, as they’re the carrier with the most to lose if iPhone owners figure out how to send texts and do calls without adding to …read more
If you really wanted an iPhone 3G but never wanted to adhere to the carefully cultivated Jobnesian smartphone setup (or you didn’t want to pay a massive extra for freedom), here’s your chance!
Through buy.com, you can get a “never-locked” iPhone 3G for only $200. The special label applies because this is a rare, fully-functional, and affordable unit that has never been jailbroken. It enjoys full support courtesy of Apple’s warranty, and will not break when new software updates are installed. Most importantly, being “never-locked”, the phone works with any network provider.
What are the catches? First and foremost, the $200 gets …read more
Yippee kay yay if you’ve dreamed of owning an iPhone without committing to a two-year AT&T contract! Seems that by March 26, the service provider will start offering Apple’s smartphone with no strings attached for at least $600.
$600 is a lot of money, and I’m not even sure if that price gets you full iPhone functionality. For instance, will Visual Voicemail run on other networks? To be sure, unsubsidized iPhones aren’t really new. The French and Germans required that their local counterparts also be available without any sort of lock-in.
Is the relatively high price worth it? Gearfuse implies that unsubsidized …read more
The word is that AT&T “is working on a new service that would let Apple iPhone owners use their devices as a modem for their laptop computers.” And of course, there will be a charge for this functionality, which of course is doable on other phones, running on other service providers’ networks.
Look, I totally understand that AT&T has to make money. After all, putting up all that infrastructure isn’t cheap. But charging for phone-as-modem functionality is like charging users for using Bluetooth. Why ask people to pay for a feature that’s already built into the phone?
Even worse, Apple manages to …read more
Check out this usatoday.com article. Of interest are:
The fact that AT&T is paying “about $300 per device”. No wonder the iPhone 3G is superficially cheap!
The impression that the iPhone made the mobile web “dead simple”. Despite the existence of Nokia and it’s very capable MiniMap browser. But then again, you can’t argue with the results of effective marketing.
Coverage of AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, who is credited with AT&T’s cozy relationship with Apple. He’s been lauded as “all for wireless” and having the balls to sign up for what’s currently a “no-brainer” deal.
Surely, Apple’s and AT&T’s efforts to keep …read more