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Originally posted July 10th, 2008, by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
"Be careful what you ask for," because 3G comes one downside: shorter battery life. If you are using 3G, your talk time drops from 10 hours to 5 hours. Wi-Fi gobbles up the battery in 6 hours while 3G does it in 5.
WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
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SO ARE YOU UPGRADING?
AT&T's 3G coverage is "surprisingly sparse," as one site pointed out. States where you don't even get any 3G coverage include Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, according to Silicon Alley Insider. In other words, many of you out there are worse off than me. (Be sure to check out AT&T's 3G coverage in your area.)
So let me summarize. I have to pay at least $199 and sign a 2-year contract to get 3G service I can't use but maybe once a week when I drive those 45 miles to the West. Let's just say I won't be standing line to get one at 8AM, July 11th. Hopefully AT&T will keep its promise to expand the 3G network significantly by the end of the year.
My good friend, Mark, was standing in line at one of the three San Diego County Apple Retail Stores at 6:00AM on Friday, July 11th. There were already 61 people ahead of him. He finally made it in the door at 9:00AM. When he left the store, not only was his old iPhone disabled, but the store personnel had failed to activate his new iPhone 3G. It took 12 tries to get his iPhone 3G fully functional two hours later.
Between the activation problems and the slow expansion of 3G coverage, I wonder if Apple is regretting their exclusive agreement with AT&T. And I wonder if they will renegotiate the agreement based on "non-performance."
Under the hood of the iPhone 3G including diagrams of the system architecture.
A purchasing checklist for the iPhone 3G. One thing we would add: have your login and password for the AT&T Wireless site handy.
The official AT&T Wireless page for the iPhone 3G with pricing and plan rates.
Apple's tech specs page for the iPhone 3G.
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