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December 6, 2012

T-Mobile Announces iPhone, Value Plan Deals

T-Mobile CEO with iPhone

"You love your iPhone. You hate AT&T."

That's what we'll be hearing from T-Mobile in 2013 as the carrier gears up to sell Apple products, T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said at parent company Deutsche Telekom's Capital Markets day in Bonn, Germany today.

"We are going to launch Apple products and we're going to do it in a very innovative way," he said. "When we do announce what we're going to deploy, it will clearly be better and more effective than any of the geniuses [in the press] writing in the past few days," he said.

Legere didn't reveal which Apple products T-Mobile would sell, but at one point took what appeared to be an iPhone 4S out of his pocket (shown at left) and said, "we are going to get devices into the market, including this one, at a price that beats the rest of the industry."

As the last major U.S. carrier without the iPhone, T-Mobile was losing customers, Legere said.

"It was very clear that a certain number of customers wouldn't come to the store if we didn't have the iPhone. There was a definite churn impact," he said.

May 17, 2012

Best Buy Cuts iPhone 4 Price to $49.99

Apple iPhone 4 (AT&T) Best Buy is now selling the older Apple iPhone 4 for $49.99, apparently to clear out the two-year-old phone models before new versions are released later this year.

Normally, Best Buy sells the iPhone 4 for about $99.99. The iPhone 4 discounts apply to all carriers, as well as the black and white models, although only the 8GB model has received the discount.

Third-party reports claim that Best Buy sells as many iPhones as Apple itself.

Best Buy may simply be looking to clear out inventory, based on Apple's pricing expectations. During the iPhone 4S launch, Apple also said that the iPhone 4 would be priced at $99 and the iPhone 3GS will be free with a two-year contract. If that logic chain holds, then Apple will make the Apple 4 free after contract, and discount the iPhone 4S to about $99.

If recent reports are true, Apple has ordered screens from its Asian suppliers that are "at least" a half-inch bigger than the current 3.5-inch screens used on every other model of the iPhone thus far. Both the Wall Street Journal and Reuters have claimed production for the new 4-inch screens is set to begin next month. Reuters' sources estimated the suppliers will receive production orders next month and start the assembly line in August.

March 29, 2012

iPhone 4 Owners Can Now Collect $15 ‘Antennagate’ Settlement

Apple iPhone 4 owners who did not collect a free bumper from Apple following the so-called "Antennagate" scandal can now collect their $15 settlement payment.

Users can file a claim for their cash payout at the website, which just went live. According to the site, iPhone 4 owners have from now until Aug. 28 to file a claim.

The settlement is available to original iPhone 4 owners living in the U.S. who purchased the device on or before Feb. 17, 2012 and experienced antenna and reception issues. Those who already received a bumper or case from Apple are not eligible for the cash settlement.

Some 25 million owners of iPhone 4 smartphones make up the class in the recently settled "Antennagate" lawsuit. The settlement combined 18 individual lawsuits into one, and claimed Apple misrepresented itself by, "concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4—particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software."

February 19, 2012

Apple Settles Class Action Lawsuit: iPhone 4 Owners Receive $15 or Free Case

It's time for iPhone owners to get themselves a tasty treat, fifteen awesome prizes from the dollar store, or a brand-new case for their now-antiquated iPhone 4 smartphones. The class-action lawsuit has been settled!

Wait, class-action lawsuit? As is often the case with these, a person might not know that he or she is part of a class until the fabled letter or email arrives. If that's you, you're in good (and extensive) company – more than 25 million owners of iPhone 4 smartphones allegedly make up the class in the recently settled "Antennagate" lawsuit.

The settlement combined 18 different individual lawsuits into one big legal chunk, all united by the claim that Apple misrepresented itself in some fashion by, "concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4—particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software."

In other words, consumers got upset when they found that their signal quality dropped when they held their iPhones in particular ways. Namely, when the palms of their hands bridged together two parts of the iPhone 4's metal casing/antenna, which could cause enough signal degradation to ruin a person's call. Hence, "Antennagate."

December 1, 2011

Are Customers More Satisifed With iPhone 4S Than iPhone 4?

Considering Apple sold 4 million units of the iPhone 4S in its very first weekend, there's no doubt the device is popular. But according to a new survey from Changewave, the vast majority of people are also more satisfied with their new iPhone than its predecessor.

Changewave said a total of 96 percent of people are satisfied with the iPhone 4S; 77 percent are "very satisfied" and 19 percent are "somewhat satisfied." Just 2 percent of respondents told Changewave they're "unsatisfied" with the iPhone 4S.

Those numbers are slightly higher than satisfaction scores for the iPhone 4. A July 2010 survey found that 92 percent were happy with the previous Apple smartphone.

November 10, 2011

Apple Releases iOS 5.0.1 With Battery Fix

iOS 5.0.1

Apple on Thursday released an update to iOS 5 that fixes a battery problem affecting certain iPhone users.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 5.0.1 resolves four main issues: fixes bugs affecting battery life; adds multitasking gestures for original iPad; resolves bugs with documents in the cloud; and improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.

The 44.6MB download is available now for those with an iPhone 3GS, 4, or 4S, an iPad or iPad 2, or iPod touch third and fourth generation. Those with iOS 5 can find it from their devices via Settings>General>Software Upate.

October 30, 2011

Fully Functional Siri Ported to iPhone 4, iPod Touch

Siri? On an iPhone 4?

We have previously highlighted the exploits of the iPhone hacking community in its attempts to break Siri's exclusivity to the iPhone 4S. And while various device modders have been successful at getting the application itself ported over to devices like Apple's iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, they didn't manage to address the elephant in the room: How to get Siri to work with Apple's servers, which don't seem to allow requests from unauthorized (non-iPhone 4S) devices.

Two hackers have since discovered the secret Siri sauce, but neither has spilled the beans as to exactly how their non-iPhone 4S Siri app works. According to Steve Troughton-Smith, however, the tweak was built using a single line of code and "a ton of filesystem changes." And as long as a user first jailbreaks his or her device before installing the to-be-released tweak, Siri is unlocked with no restrictions on its use: It works with the same speed and speech recognition as its iPhone 4S counterpart.

October 12, 2011

How to Get Apple’s iOS 5

When Apple announced the new iPhone 4S last week, some people were disappointed that Apple did not announce an iPhone 5. But you won't hear me complain, because the meat and potatoes of what I'm excited about isn't in the hardware. It's in the operating system. And today, version 5 will arrive.

Apple's iOS 5, the latest update to its mobile operating system, has a number of excellent new features, and it's free. But as of this morning (Eastern time), it's not here yet.

August 23, 2011

Report: Apple to Launch Cheaper 8GB iPhone 4

Apple's manufacturers in Asia have received orders for a smaller, cheaper iPhone 4 as well as a slightly modified iPhone with a bigger touch screen, according to an unattributed Reuters report.

The long-rumored "baby iPhone" will cater to emerging markets and come with an 8GB flash drive made by a "Korean company," which could be Apple's key component maker, Samsung.

The "baby iPhone" rumor first surfaced in early February based on a Bloomberg report. At the time, it was reported that Apple was prepping a smaller, cheaper iPhone 4 that was half the size and half the price of the iPhone 4, which launched in June 2010.

June 14, 2011

Apple Now Selling Unlocked GSM iPhone 4 for $649

The Apple stranglehold continues to loosen. You can now buy an unlocked iPhone 4 directly from the Apple online store.

The price tag, however, is ridiculous ringing in at $649 for the 16GB version and $749 for the 32GB one. Both white and black versions are available.

As with other unlocked GSM phones, the device will work with any Apple-supported GSM network around the world (international shipping is currently not offered). In the U.S., that means choosing between either AT&T or T-Mobile (though data is only supported on T-Mobile's slower, non-3G EDGE network).

Technically, the iPhone 4 — once the golden child of AT&T — can now be purchased through Apple to be used with three of the four largest U.S. carriers (including the CDMA-equipped Verizon iteration).