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iPhone 3G Upgrade Articles


Thinking about buying or upgrading to the iPhone 3G?  Well, here are some articles that let’s you know what to do or expect.

One thing you should know: if you have the base iPhone 1G plan ($59.99/mo) and want the equivalent plan for the iPhone 3G, the cost is $74.99/mo – $10 extra for the 3G data plan and $5 extra for the 200 text messages (which was included in the 1G plan).

Personally, my girlfriend may buy my 1st gen iPhone.  If she does, I’ll upgrade to the 3G model.  Of course, if this occurs, I’ll post how the process went for us so you all know what to expect.

How to transfer 1st gen iPhone to someone else [AppleInsider]

Buying an iPhone 3G for current and new AT&T subscribers [AppleInsider]

How to migrate your iPhone data [Apple]

How to buy an iPhone 3G walkthrough videos from AT&T [MacRumors]

AT&T iPhone 3G plans and pricing info [AT&T]

What you need to buy an iPhone 3G [TUAW]

Filed under: Apple, AT&T, Cellphone, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Smartphone

The “new” AT&T has annoyed me


When I switched from T-Mobile to AT&T (for the iPhone) the first thing I did was login to my account on their website to setup autopay so that every month’s bill will automatically be charged to my Amex card. Well, what happens when I get my first bill? Nothing – my card isn’t charged. So, 4 days before my payment is due, I call AT&T customer service to ask them why my card wasn’t charged. The answer: “Our system charges your card two days before the due date. So, don’t worry, your card will be charged.” Guess what happens?? My card isn’t charged and now my account is “past due.”

I’m somewhat pissed so I call customer service 15 minutes ago (that would be 9:25pm ET) and guess what? Customer service is closed and I get a recording of, “Please call back tomorrow and we’ll be happy to assist you.” Yeah, that’s it…they don’t even tell me what their hours of operation are!

I double-check my account and it now says, “AutoPay to be applied: 08/27/2007.” Last month, it didn’t say that.

So, for all of you who are thinking of or just switched to AT&T wireless, be forewarned that your autopay will NOT be effective until the second billing cycle.

Ugh, I guess this is what we have to deal with to have an iPhone… *sigh*

Filed under: Apple, AT&T, Cellphone, iPhone, Mobile Phone

AT&T has activated over 1 million iPhones


According to waitingforiphone.com, AT&T has activated over 1 million iPhones within the first week of sales:

According to reports leaked to waitingforiphone.com, ATT Mobility has fulfilled over 1 million iPhone activations since the device was launched in the US on June 29th. This news comes from a full-time staffer in ATT Mobilty’s Commerce Group who chose to remain anonymous. Wall Street analysists have placed initial iPhone sales between 500,000 – 750,000 units. First week sales of over 1 million would cement the iPhone as Apple’s fastest selling new product, and one of the hottest new technology gadgets in history.

If this is true, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s probably the most successful mobile phone/smartphone launch in the history of the cell phone industry.

Filed under: Apple, AT&T, Cellphone, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Smartphone, Wireless

Apple may offer $50 – $150 rebate for the iPhone


A Wall St. research report an Apple from American Technology analyst, Shaw Wu, says there are several sources indicating that Apple is seriously considering offering a rebate on the iPhone, which will retail for $499 (4GB) and $599 (8GB). Of course, if you want to take advantage of the rebate, you’ll have to sign a 2-year contract with AT&T.

Some other interesting topics in the report:

  • Revenue sharing and bounties for Apple
  • Recurring revenue from cell phone carriers

Personally, I hope they offer a rebate because $500/$600 is tough to swallow.

[via AppleInsider]

Filed under: Apple, AT&T, Cellphone, Cingular, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Rumors, Smartphone