Word came out yesterday that [URL="http://money.cnn.com/2009/07/23/news/companies/ATT_earns.reut/"]AT&T didn't have a great quarter[/URL] (which ironically sent the stock price soaring because it wasn't as bad as expected). This loss seemed perplexing to me given that Apple reported its numbers earlier this week (as I wrote in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4560.html"]Lauren's Wrong: People Definitely Want Macs[/URL]), and Apple reported selling more than 5 million iPhones in the quarter. With AT&T as the exclusive distributor of iPhones in the US and the beneficiaries of at least part of those huge numbers, you would think they would have had themselves a nice little quarter too, riding along on …

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On June 15th, less than two weeks ago, the [URL="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/06/15/apples_mac_sales_held_up_in_may_while_ipod_shipments_fell.html"]Apple Insider blog reported[/URL] that Apple sales continued slipping in May. Mac sales were down, perhaps not as much as expected but still down, and more surprising, the previously recession-proof iPod sales were falling. Could it be that the economy was catching up with Apple? But no, because that was May sales and as you no doubt know, Apple released a shiny upgrade to the iPhone called [URL="http://www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-3gs/"]iPhone 3GS[/URL] and sold a cool million of them in the first weekend. Talk about a quick rebound. [B]People Want These Things[/B] One thing …

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Here's an interesting question: just how much data do you think your iPhone consumes in an average month? I mean, it's the kind of thing you should know the answer to, given how obsessed everyone seems to be with iPhone service plan data caps and costs. Rather surprisingly, the carrier which has the iPhone 3G exclusive in Canada, none other than the much maligned Rogers, reckons it is a lot less than you might imagine. It came under fire online for its data caps which varied from 400MB a month on the $60 plan through to 2Gb at the top …

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File under: what was the point of that? Apple iPhone 3G users have been blighted with poor 3G reception since day one. So bad is the problem that it prompted Apple to release an iPhone software update which has had mixed results. Apple says iPhone OS 2.0.2 improved 3G communications, many users have said it makes [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20104/53/"]absolutely no difference[/URL] whatsoever. Now, just to add to the confusing array of opinions, a Swedish company selling wireless device test chambers has apparently [URL="http://www.gp.se/gp/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=444&a=440573"]tested an iPhone 3G[/URL] and concluded everything is fine. No doubt that Bluetest, the company in question, performed perfectly viable …

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Despite India being something of an emerging technological powerhouse economy these days, the decision to launch the iPhone 3G there has to be amongst the more bizarre made by Apple of late. Heck, I would chance my arm and say that there is more chance of seeing someone really do the Indian Rope Trick than there is of Apple making a really stunning success of the iPhone 3G in this particular market. Let me explain the two very good reasons why. Firstly, and this will probably surprise many readers, Apple is launching the iPhone 3G into a country which [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20097/53/"]has …

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Nobody likes the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19936/53/"]iPhone kill switch[/URL] that was recently confirmed by [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/08/11/big-brother-apple/"]Big Brother Apple[/URL] as being very much a reality. Apparently it is there for our own good, just in case something nasty gets on to the iPhone by way of a rogue App Store application. Apple can then remotely disable it, and the application you paid for, on your behalf without your permission. Nice. Unless, that is, you kill the killswitch first. Now before going any further it is probably wise to point out that, despite the privacy implications and all the rest of it, disabling the killswitch could …

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Wow! That's a lot of kit being shifted by Apple. With the publication of its financial results for the fiscal 2008 third quarter ended June 28, Apple announces revenue of $7.46 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.07 billion, or $1.19 per diluted share. International sales accounted for 42 percent of the quarter's revenue. Compare that with a revenue of $5.41 billion and net quarterly profit of $818 million, or $.92 per diluted share, for the same time last year. Mind you, the gross margin was down from 36.9 percent to 34.8 percent but I guess that Apple will not …

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Having worked out the cost of an iPhone 3G on any contract anywhere in the world as being just too expensive, and learning today that the Pay As You Go option [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19363/53/"]will not be available until Christmas[/URL] here in the UK at least, I wondered if there was any real alternative out there? Luckily, the Web and an [URL="http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2008/07/10/three-gps-phones-that-could-topple-iphone-3g/"]Electric Pig[/URL] came to my rescue. The Electric Pig gadget sites has a round up of three mobile handsets which go a little further than just Google Maps for location display and include proper satnav functionality. The three phones covered are: [LIST=1] …

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The End.