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iLiberty+ Mac or PC – http://tinyurl.com/4nrl7u
The iPhone Project PC & MAC – http://tinyurl.com/3oh4jh
Hack the iphone/itouch blog – http://tinyurl.com/4czy2f
iPod Touch Fans site – http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/
– 3G-capable. 2.8 times faster than EDGE (AT&T 2G network)
– Microsoft Exchange AcctiveSync
– GPS built-in
– Better battery life – 300 hours of standby, Talk-time 10 hours (as opposed to 5) on 2G networks, 5 hours of 3G talk-time (competition is 3 hour 3G talk time), 5 to 6 hours of high-speed browsing, 7 hours of video, 24 hours of audio.
– flush headphone jack
– MobileMe replaces .Mac
– App Store – 71% of the apps in the App Store are to be free!
Pricing and Availability
The iPhone 3G will be available July 11th in 22 countries for $199 for 8 GB and $299 for 16 GB. The 16 GB model also comes in white.
iPhone basic plan:
$199.00 – 8gb 3G iPhone basic cost
$30 – 3G data plan (no SMS?) – $45 for business users!
$69.95 – per month w/o taxes and other charges
$1678.80 – 24 month contract fees
approximate costs w/taxes and charges
$1877.80 – total for 2 years
and last for now
$10 – SMS message plan is extra
no voice only plan which would allow wifi to be used instead of 2/3G data plan
New 3G iphones must be activated within 30 days or they will penalized with a yet to be made public fee according AT&T and Apple.
3G data coverage info
The service runs $99/yr, with new users getting a free 60 day trial. MobileMe lets you access and manage your email, contacts, calendar, photos, and files at me.com (which still isn't quite up it seems). Push technology means when you update your contacts, calendars, or email on your iPhone, web, or Mac, the updates are automatically and immediately pushed out to all your other MobileMe devices.
AppleInsider has a scoop on the iPhone App Store and the limitations Apple is placing on them. Each individual app will have a hard limit of 2GB, as well as a ceiling of $999 for each app. These two look like pretty reasonable limits for all but the most extreme of cases. If someone wants to charge more than $0, the lowest possible price is $0.99. There are other details, such as how an App looks, how they're rated inside the store, and region control, but Apple's legal team had AppleInsider take those images down—always a sign that there was some good stuff there. [AppleInsider]