The great folks at the iPhone Dev Team were able to crank out the first version of a jailbreak/unlock solution in record time and I went through the process with my iPhone 3GS. I am now using it on T-Mobile and enjoying the benefits of iOS 4.
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We already knew about some of the enterprise benefits that iPhone OS 4 will deliver. But Apple announced five other things at its WWDC today of interest to mobile enterprises.
Bill Detwiler talks with James Brown from Talecris about how the benefits of deploying Apple's iPhone far outweighed the hazards. The biggest perk: Better employee morale.
Rumors are flying about Apple's next-generation iPod touch, which hasn't seen much of an update in the last few months and remains ill-equipped to continue as the phone-free little brother to the iPhone 3G S.Since big brother acquired a faster processor, better camera and video capabilities in its recent refresh, it's only natural that lil' bro would reap the benefits of a trickle-down feature list.
Kevin started off talking about a netbook, the Acer Aspire One, on MobileTechRoundup show #143 that my daughters are thinking about picking up with their hard earned money. James and I then join in to discuss the topic of SSDs and if the benefits are worth the price. James and Kevin also learned that my iPhone 3G is back with Apple as I explore other mobile phones. The Celio REDFLY dropped down to US$399 and we talk a bit about the device that I purchased a couple months ago. James is very happy with the Richard Solo external battery and I talk a bit about why I find it to be a compelling charging solution.
I know a few of us here on ZDNet are hard at work on iPhone 3G and iPhone application articles and one aspect of the new Apple iPhone Application store that struck me immediately was that there are no trial versions of the commercial software. One of the major benefits for me that gets me using and eventually buying mobile software applications is the ability to try a full, or even limited, version for 14 to 30 days on my devices to see if the application truly fits my needs and is worth the cost. There are NO trial applications that I can find on the iPhone Application store.
I wrote a post about how it seems that AT&T was going to be the big winner when the iPhone 3G is launched in a couple of weeks due to the increase in data and text message rates and the monthly subsidy that will no longer have to be paid to Apple. According to one analyst report, AT&T may have some fairly significant up front costs before they start seeing the benefits of long term subscriber fees. AT&T is subsidizing the iPhone this time, much like the other mobile phone purchases made in the United States and may be paying Apple as much as US$325 for each iPhone 3G that is purchased.
I know readers are probably a bit tired of all the iPhone news so I will try to make this my last post about it for at least the rest of this week. If we take the Apple announcement price at face value, US$199 and US$299, the iPhone looks like a great deal and if you could buy it at an Apple store for that price and use it however you wanted then that would be an awesome deal. However, the real winner in the iPhone 3G announcement is AT&T (other non-US carriers may also have huge benefits) for several reasons.
While my focus in the Mobile software Monday articles is on software for your mobile phones I wanted to branch out just a bit to include a service that I use in conjuction with software on my devices that I find absolutely essential to my usage of mobile devices. Jason Dunn runs the Thoughts Media sites and preached to me for a couple of years about the benefits of a hosted Exchange solution. I finally decided to give it a try just over a year ago and now I can never go back to syncing my PIM data via cables again. I subscribe to 4Smartphone (part of Jason's recommendation) with their Mobile level plan subscription (US$12.95/month) and sync my Windows Mobile, S60, Windows, and Mac devices to the service, with hopes to soon sync my iPhone when the 2.0 update is released.
At the Churchill Club's CIO Agenda in San Francisco, Calif., moderator Dave Margulius talks to panelists Douglas Merrill, vice president of engineering at Google, and CIOs David Bergen of Levi Strauss, Doug Schwinn of Hasbro and Randall Spratt of McKesson. The executives share their views on managing IT in a global scale. They also discuss the benefits and challenges behind implementing SaaS, RFID and the iPhone within their organizations.
As rumours abound over which UK mobile operator will win the iPhone contract, analysts disagree over what rewards the victor will reap