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iPhone 3GS: Follow Up

By on Mar 21, 2010 | 3 comments

In response to my first post about the iPhone 3GS, I am following up with this post to give a better review on the iPhone. With regards to coverage of AT&T at least in my area (Pittsburgh), I have had no issues what so ever in regards to making both telephone calls and using the data network.  In my personal opinion, I believe that the 3G coverage is about equally matched up to Verizon Wireless, however using the web and data applications run much smoother, in addition to the response time appears to be better.  This could be due to the nature of how the phone’s applications are written, or due to the OS that the device is running on. Using two accounts on this phone both MobileMe and Microsoft Exchange works beautifully.  In my experience with BlackBerry, having more than one account tended to merge both email accounts, calendars, and contacts together.  The iPhone handles multiple...

iPhone 3GS vs BlackBerry Storm – Part 1

By on Mar 6, 2010 | 3 comments

I just recently changed jobs, and my new company has issued me an iPhone 3GS. So that being said, I thought a comparison between this device and my old BlackBerry Storm is in order. I’ve only had my iPhone for 5 days, so I will follow up this article in a week or so with part deux. Coverage: I have always had a Verizon cellphone (Smartphone or not) for years, so the thought of switching carriers did cause a bit of concern.  I heard multiple people say the AT&T coverage in my area (Pittsburgh) was not that great in comparison to Verizon’s.  Generally a few dropped calls would be  okay, and even understandable, however since this is primarily used for business I need to have a reliable network.  I don’t believe in the TV commercials for AT&T or Verizon, as they are playing the marketing game, and really only the individual using the phone can correctly assess the...

Come on, AT&T

By on Jun 9, 2009 | 0 comments

By now, just about everyone has heard about the upcoming release of the iPhone 3Gs and the 3.0 firmware update for the iPhone. There are some great features in the new firmware. Two notable ones are tethering and MMS messaging; both of which won’t be supported by AT&T when the firmware is released. For those who don’t know what MMS and tethering are, here is a brief description: Tethering would allow people to use the iPhone’s 3g network access to connect other devices to the internet. For example, if you have a laptop you could connect the iPhone via usb, or even bluetooth, and access the internet through your iPhone data plan. MMS messages are delivered in a fashion almost identical from a user standpoint to SMS, but any multimedia content is first encoded and inserted into a text. It is primarily used to send photos, or sounds, such as ringtones. When the new...

It’s ok, that call wasn’t important.

By on Nov 4, 2008 | 3 comments

Those who talk to me regularly know that I got an iPhone on October 1, 2008. Obviously, that means I made the switch to AT&T. Ever since 1998, I had Verizon as my cell phone provider. Over the 10 years with Verizon I had 2 dropped calls that were caused by my phone and/or service. With AT&T I have already had 19 dropped calls. Yes, 19 in a little over 1 month. I guess it wouldn’t bother me so much, but how long did they run that “fewest dropped calls” ad campaign? Seriously…do they think that is an acceptable quality of service customers should be paying for? Isn’t Pittsburgh a “large” enough area that my service should be better? It doesn’t make any sense when it happens either. I have a full signal according to the phone, but yet my calls are dropped so often it’s not even funny. Oh wait, that’s another ad campaign of theirs...

1/2 Price 3g iPhone? Not quite

By on Jun 10, 2008 | 3 comments

Anyone who has watched television or has been on the internet the past 2 days has seen all the ads I’m sure. “Twice the speed. Half the price.” But how true is that exactly? Yes, the 8gb 3g iPhone will only cost $199. But, barely mentioned anywhere is the fact that the US provider AT&T has raised the price of the iPhone plans by $10 a month. So yeah, Apple lowered the price of the iPhone by $200. Too bad new owners of the 3g iPhone will have to pay $240 more over 2 years than people currently with plans. I was definitely considering making the switch to AT&T and paying the early termination fee to Verizon. But the more I think about it now, I’m finding it very hard to consider paying $70 minimum a month for one of the iPhone plans. Edit: After looking into this more, I noticed there is another change also. The base plan no longer includes the 200 text messages....

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