As the iPhone 3GS goes on sale tomorrow in the US, inquires about the phone’s price and plans have been met with responses from various European carriers.
Orange, France’s exclusive carrier for the iPhone will charge €229 ($318US) €149 ($206US) for the 16 and 32GB versions respectively with at least a two year contract. However, the cheapest contract costs €39 and lasts two years. T-Mobile of Germany (Deutsche Telekom) will be pricing the iPhone 3G S at €1 for the 16 and 32GB models but requires customers to sing a two year contract at €119.95 per month. The 32GB phone will also €249.95 with a lower monthly fee. Finally, TIM of Italy’s will be charging €619 and €719 for the 16 and 32 GB models respectively on prepaid plans.more...
After racking up a record download rate, Skype has been banned on iPhones by T-Mobile in Germany in fear that the App would hog up network traffic despite its reliance on a Wi-Fi connection.
The cellular carrier made it clear that VoIP Apps would have no place on German iPhones due to the potential amount of network traffic generated by Skype. However, as like other German carriers, the use of VoIP apps is not permitted and says so clearly in their contracts but T-Mobile wants to go as far as to cancel contracts of those found using the App. Skype responded to T-Mobile’s threat:
“They pretend that their action has to do with technical concerns: this is baseless. Skype works perfectly well on iPhone, as hundreds of thousands of people globally can already readily attest.”
Via: iPhone Centralmore...
iPhonematters has taken a quick glance at what the iPhone at Wal Mart might mean before. But when we took a look at it firm conclusions were hard to reach. did the iPod start selling even more crazily because it was at Wal Mart or was the iPod at Wal Mart because it was selling like crazy? Reaching a firm conclusion either way is difficult. Doesn’t mean Wal Mart isn’t excited to have the iPhone though, check out this screen shot:
Just because iPhonematters can’t quite decide if the Wal Mart made the iPod ubiquitous or if Wal Mart just wanted to get in on the inevitable ubiquity doesn’t mean other folks can’t reach a conclusion. Don Reisenger at CNet is certain that the iPhone at Wal Mart is the move that will take the iPhone clean over the top, ensuring domination of all competitors. Is Don right?… more...
Apple has moved 12 million + iPhones since the introduction of the do everything device. That is a fantastic number, there is no doubt that the iPhone is a runaway hit. But there are other over performing phones out there, other phones that have the ‘real” internet that have exceeded sales expectations.
The most recent one is the Storm. RIM has been making great stuff fro a long time but the storm, despite some reviews, is selling much better than anyone imagined. First there were the lines. If you got to a Verizon store a little late on the release date they would tell you to order it on the net and you’d have it in six or seven days. If you waited a day the website changed from six or seven days to an estimated ship date of 12/15. Obviously RIM was unprepared for the demand.
But RIM and Apple aren’t the only game in town. Turns out that HTC and Google have an entry in this horse race: The G1 available only from T-Mobile.
So you’ve got the carriers covered. If you’re an AT&T type person you’ve got the iPhone. If you use Verizon you get a Storm.… more...
First the bad news: if you want an Android powered G1 you are out of luck. That’s right, you can’t get one. No surprise you say because the G1 hasn’t been released yet? Technically you are correct (thanks captain pedantic) but there is still a shortage even thought the G1 is unreleased. How is that possible? Well, unlike the iPhone you can sign up to pre order the G1. Or you could until the G1 sold more than anticipated so now you’re just out of luck. So you have a G1, you can’t even order a G1 and standing in line to get a G1 is fruitless because, since you know you’re not getting one, you’ll just look stupid.
Why not throw some Android/T Mobile/Google criticism in here? Well, the obvious reason is because such criticism is completely unnecessary. The best reason to throw some mud is just because it is fun to do. So I’ll get that to ya! (wink). Time to think about waiting lists. By going with the whole pre signup thing you have to think that T Mobile and the rest of the roll out partners really, really screwed things… more...
Want to know how the iPhone compares to the now officially announced G1? GBs, plan prices, weight and other must know info is included in a NetworkWorld piece that covers all the differences. Check it out with a click.
What, that’s not good enough for you? NetworkWorld has wronged you in the past and you won’t read anything published by them? (Well, they do want you to sit through a full page ad after all). Good new, we have an alternative. Not quite as extensive but still worth reading is the comparison by the telegraph.
If you’re a gadget freak you secretly want an iPhone. And the Android powered HTC. And a Blackberry Bold. But since you’re here you probably already have an iPhone and the thought of signing another soul sucking contract just to use the latest bit of tech undoubtably brings shudders. Still, you’re interested, right? Go ahead, admit it, it’s okay.
So here’s the latest on Android: Stephen Wildstrom got his hands on one of the gadgets and found it to be overly thick, the keys uncomfortable and none of that cool pinch stuff you can do on an iPhone. .And there’s some network issues to be aware of. On the bright side it has cut and paste. Read his full take right here.
One interesting thing about the review. Towards the end Stephen just gives up on talking about the Android and starts raving about how great the Blackberry Bold is. For Google: Awkward…more...
Vodafone Vs. T-Mobile In Germay November 29th
After ordering a court order against T-Mobile for selling locked down iPhones, the two are going head to head in the court room the day of the handset’s sale in France.
Previously, Vodafone asked a German court to block T-Mobile from selling iPhones due to a violation of local German laws. In response, T-Mobile now sells unlocked handsets for 999 Euros.
T-Mobile will fight Vodafone in court over them selling locked handsets.
So yesterday our friends across the pond got their iPhone action on O2 and will be getting them November 9th, but now it’s Germany’s turn and the announcement isn’t that different from the previous but some details are lacking such as possible plans.
Press Release Below
BERLIN—September 19, 2007 — Apple® and T-Mobile today announced that T-Mobile, the leading network operator in Germany, will be the exclusive German carrier of Apple’s revolutionary iPhone™ when it makes its debut in Germany on November 9. iPhone combines three devices into one—a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod®, and the best mobile Internet device ever—all based on Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch interface and pioneering software that allows users to control iPhone with just a tap, flick or pinch of their fingers. Apple sold its one millionth iPhone just 74 days after it went on sale in the U.S. on June 29.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with T-Mobile to bring the iPhone to Germany,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Customer response to iPhone in the US has been incredible, and we can’t wait to introduce T-Mobile customers to the most revolutionary mobile device on the planet.”
“We are convinced that we can get our customers… more...
If you were driven mad by the flurry of rumors surrounding the iPhone’s European launch you can rest assured that we now have concrete evidence of what networks the Euro-phone is launching on and a set date of when more information will come in. Les iPhones viennent, les iPhones viennent!
Three carriers have been announced for the iPhone in Europe: Orange, O2 and T-Mobile. Now if you’ve been desiring an iPhone and live in Europe you surely have been keeping up on the rumor mill and you’ll know that T-Mobile had been heralded as the German carrier, this is correct (is it just me or is the Apple-o-sphere been a leaky faucet when it comes to rumors)?
Next up is Orange and O2. The earlier has been selected for France and the later for the U.K. (start saving your pennies Aaron)! However it gets interesting, similar to AT&T all three carriers have had to cut out a revenue sharing deal with Apple. Previously these figures were only speculated upon by analysts and Bloggers but we have a concrete number this time: 10% of voice and data revenue for every iPhone user… more...