Virgin adds to iPhone competition down under

Virtual network operator Virgin Mobile added to the already intense competition between iPhone sellers in the Australian market on Friday, bringing out the Apple device with its own tariffs. This looks to make Virgin the first MVNO to offer the iPhone and takes the number of providers offering the device in Oz up to four, […]

Apple’s MobileMe back up and running

Californian kit maker Apple said Tuesday that it has restored service to the remaining 1 per cent of MobileMe users affected by an earlier outage. The company has also managed to retrieve all historical messages, allaying user fears after an earlier admission that as much as 10 per cent of mail received between July 16 […]

Teething troubles bite Apple’s MobileMe

Californian kit maker Apple has been forced to address teething issues with it MobileMe service by establishing a status blog to keep disgruntled users updated. The MobileMe service launched alongside the iPhone 3G earlier this month and immediately encountered problems. Heralded as “Exchange for the rest of us,” MobileMe is an internet-based service that enables […]

iPhone hype fall-out continues

The web is still crawling with iPhone stories. Sensibly, marketing departments appear to have taken a breather since last week, leaving Apple to bask in the media’s attention. Though not all of it has been welcome. Saturday’s headlines seemed to focus (perhaps unfairly) on the glitches that bugged the new release. The working week, though, […]

iPhone App Store goes live

The world’s first iPhone 3G will go on sale in New Zealand in a matter of hours, and to be ready Apple has already launched the much anticipated App Store. The App Store, where iPhone users can download and install new applications – carefully vetted by Apple of course – went live on Thursday. It’s […]

Rogers caves over iPhone criticism

Canadian GSM operator Rogers Wireless inadvertently fuelled rumours that it had displeased Apple boss Steve Jobs on Wednesday, by coming out with a ‘special’ tariff for early iPhone 3G adopters. All week, the web has been ablaze with reports that Jobs was “disgusted” with the tariffs Rogers was offering to accompany the iPhone 3G. Some […]

World prepares for iPhone 3G

With just four days to go until the iPhone 3G lands on Earth, the Apple faithful are keeping hype and hysteria in steady supply. Or maybe not. While a line has already formed outside Apple’s flagship store in Manhattan, it looks like a group of environmental activists are trying to hijack the launch to bring […]

BlackBerry crushed ‘for not being Apple’

There’s just no pleasing some people. Canadian gadget maker Research In Motion (RIM) reported that revenues for the quarter to the end of May jumped 107 per cent year on year, and watched its share price nose dive as a result. While revenues came in at $2.24bn, net profit more than doubled from $223m last […]

WiMAX to deliver new breed of mobile web devices

The arrival of the Apple iPhone has paved the way for a new breed of ultra mobile internet devices, signalling a greater impetus in mobile computing. This was the sentiment discussed by a handful of the industry’s biggest mobile device developers during the Notebook computer manufacturer fireside chat – “Expanding the Notebook Computer market with […]

Prepay iPhone 3G to cost Eur500

Californian gadget maker Apple may have changed its business model to  help take its iconic handset to the mass market, but it also looks like the company is clamping down on iPhone hackers and box breakers. Although the iPhone 3G will be available in more than 70 countries, it won’t be available on all networks, […]

Telefonica extends iPhone agreement to Latin America

Following a drought of telecoms news on Monday, when Apple made some sort of announcement, things are just starting to get back to normal, although there is still a veritable flood of iPhone related news coming in. Spanish carrier Telefonica for one, said Wednesday that it has extended its original contract with Apple and will […]

iPhone 3G available for free

At the iPhone 3G launch event on Monday, Apple frontman Steve Jobs pitched the next generation device as “twice as fast, half the price.” But with the first details of associated tariffs appearing, the iPhone 3G is going to be available for as cheap as free. UK mobile operator O2, which still has exclusive rights […]

Apple faithful not disappointed; 3G iPhone lands July

As expected, California’s king of cool gadgetry, Steve Jobs, delivered the goods on Tuesday. It’s got tri-band HSDPA; it’s got GPS; it costs just $199 and it’ll be here next month. Yep, it’s the next generation iPhone. During the opening keynote for the Apple World Wide Developers Conference, held in the Moscone Centre in San […]

3G iPhone to shake up mobile TV market

With the imminent launch of a 3G iPhone, analysts say Californian gadget manufacturer Apple has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the mobile TV market. While there is considerable speculation about what to expect from the next generation iPhone ahead of CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in […]

iPhone watch: Japan and Spain confirmed

Maintaining the fever pitch in the run up to next week’s Apple extravaganza, the Californian king of cool gadgets has announced yet more iPhone partners. On Wednesday, Japanese WCMDA operator Softbank announced it too would be carrying the iPhone later this year. The news provided probably the most conclusive evidence yet that the next generation […]

Nokia, BlackBerry, Apple sew up market with services play

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, and two outsiders, RIM (BlackBerry) and Apple, stand to gain most by pioneering fresh revenue streams for the mobile handset industry with their emerging push into value added services such as navigation, email and music. Industry analyst Strategy Analytics said Wednesday that Nokia, BlackBerry and Apple are the first […]

iPhone coming to Hong Kong

In a terse announcement on Thursday, Hutchison-Whampoa-owned mobile operator 3, said it would be bringing the Apple iPhone to Hong Kong and Macau later this year. There is still some confusion over whether the iconic device will make an appearance on the Chinese mainland however, after leading wireless operator China Mobile called off discussions with […]

Mystery line starts at US Apple store

Reports are coming in that a random line has started outside Apple’s flagship Cube store in New York City. According to press on the scene, the queue is more than 60 people deep, although many are confused as to what they are lining up for. Explanations range from the much hyped 3G iPhone, to the […]

Orange extends iPhone contract in Europe, Africa

The iPhone news machine continues to rumble on, with France Telecom owned Orange finally announcing an extension to its existing contract with Apple. On Friday, the French carrier said that it had agreed a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and […]

iPhone coming to Switzerland

California’s purveyor of cool gadgets, Apple, is making deals left, right and centre this month, with Swiss incumbent Swisscom revealed as the latest iPhone partner network. In the now familiar one line announcement style, Swisscom said it too would be bringing the iPhone to its users “later this year”. This latest development follows a rash […]

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