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iphone 5

Recently, Apple announced the new iPhone 5. We have long bashed the iPhone and Apple here at XDA.  Being Android fans may cause us to lose sight of the value of the iPhone as a device.

XDA Developer TV Producer azrienoch is here to give himself a challenge. That challenge is to try and look at the exciting new features of the iPhone 5 objectively. Can you or azrienoch meet the challenge? What do the benchmarks say? What is the point of the bigger screen? What’s the deal with all the radios? How good are the specs? To find out azrienoch’s answers to these questions, check out this video.

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I know that we do not normally write about iPhone news, and we also know that many deem the iPhone 4S to be a proverbial failure since before being launched. However, this morning we received an e-mail from a source who asked to remain anonymous with an internal memo stating that the iPhone 4S would get unlimited data, much unlike its Verizon and AT&T counterparts where data is either limited (capped) or throttled. Well, out of the “big 4″ Sprint is the only one who still offers unrestricted unlimited data and they are using this business model on the new addition to their family.

This move was expected by many as it was the obvious course of action, seeing how AT&T and Verizon limit the amount of data that the users can have access to. The price plan tiers will remain the same as for the other devices where you get the choice of 450, 900, or unlimited minutes (all three with unlimited data, SMS, MMS, etc) for $79.99, $99.99, and $109.99 respectively (all of these have the $10 charge for premium data added on them). The best part is that unless you are calling land lines, you will not have to worry about your minutes even in the lowest minute plan as mobile-mobile is included to call any cell phone regardless of carrier.

It is quite a sweet deal and the business model behind it may be the only thing that will drive the sales of the iPhone 4S as the device will not share in the launch success its predecessors enjoyed. Well, all we can say is kudos to Sprint for coming up with this plan and best of luck selling this.

Sprint today confirmed that unlimited data pricing plans will be available for its October 14 launch of the iPhone. New and existing customers can order iPhone 4 today and pre-order iPhone 4S on Friday, Oct. 7 at beginning at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time at www.sprint.com/iphone.

“The iPhone was made to be matched with an unlimited wireless plan,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “Sprint’s unlimited data plans provide more value than metered plans from other carriers. Our customers can take advantage of the innovative features of iPhone without worrying about overage charges or surprises on their bill.”

Here are the prices for Sprint’s iPhone products:

  • iPhone 4S with 16GB will cost $199.99
  • iPhone 4S with 32GB will cost $299.99
  • iPhone 4S with 64GB will cost $399.99
  • iPhone 4 with 8GB will cost $99.99

(These prices require a new-line activation or eligible upgrade and two-year agreement.)

All iPhone models will be available to new and existing customers in all Sprint retail stores, http://www.sprint.com/ and1-800-SPRINT1 as well as select additional Sprint retail channels. Stay tuned to further communications on channel availability.

iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 require activation on one of the Sprint Everything plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, including unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint Network. With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill due to data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers.

Plans start at just $69.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge. Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan is the only plan from a national carrier to offer truly unlimited calling, data and text for just $99.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge. The Mobile Hotspot option will be available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. (Pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

 

Individual Plans          
Anytime Minutes Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, Anytime
Unlimited calling to and from any mobile in America, regardless of carrier, plus unlimited text, picture and video messaging, and unlimited data including email, Web browsing, social networking and GPS Navigation (all while on the Sprint network)
450 $69.99 plus $10 Premium Data add-on
900 $89.99 plus $10 Premium Data add-on
Unlimited 
(Simply Everything)
$99.99 plus $10 Premium Data add-on

 

Why Sprint for iPhone 4S? That’s Simple!

  • UNLIMITED DATA: With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill due to data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers.
  • READY NOW EXPERIENCE: iPhone customers will have access to Sprint’s Ready Now service where trained retail associates will work one-on-one with customers to personalize their iPhone and set up features like e-mail, web and apps before leaving the store.
  • COMMITTED TO SERVICE: Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. Sprint leads all national competitors in both call satisfaction and first call resolution, two key metrics in the overall quality of customer service.

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Thanks anonymous (you know who you are) for the tip!

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It looks like the iOS platform keeps on getting updates, with the latest installment to be 4.3. If you have been using an iPhone or iPod, you probably know that many (if not all) releases of the OS can and have been jailbroken only to meet a stop by the time the next update hits, almost like a cat and mouse game. It looks like the developers behind the jailbreaking scene have decided to take a passive approach until the next, already announced release hits the shelves. According to an article posted in our sister site, iphone-developers.com, the dev team has announced that they will work towards jailbreaking and possibly unlocking of the new upcoming Verizon iPhone. However, as the device is a CDMA device, there are further restrictions if you are thinking about taking it to other CDMA networks such as Sprint or MetroPCS. Unlike GSM phones, which ones unlocked can be easily switched from carrier to carrier, the ESN or MEID has to be in the carrier’s database of accepted devices in order to get it to work with that carrier, or the carrier has to be willing to add the device to their database. Historically, Sprint does not usually accept devices coming from Verizon even if they are perfectly compatible with their network.

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Last week, we talked about the imminent arrival of the iPhone onto Verizon Wireless and how it would probably be announced shortly. Well, as it turns out, “shortly” was just around the corner. According to an article featured in our sister site iPhone-Developers.com, the announcement was done today and Verizon came out claiming that they are prepared to handle the increased data load that forced AT&T to cut back on data plans for their customers. We have no doubt that the “Big Red” has probably prepared extensively for this release as it has been rumored for quite some time, indicating that this has been in the works for at least as long as the rumors have been around.

It’s been dreamed of by many and talked about for years, but today it is officially here — the Verizon iPhone 4.

Available on verizon wirless starting next month, the CDMA iPhone 4 is mostly the same as its GSM brethren, with the special exception that it runs exclusively on Verizon’s network. Verizon CEO Lowell Macadam has promised that their network will be able to handle the load, and should that prove true the Verizon iPhone 4 experience may be far superior to the one that millions of AT&T users are currently used to.

Do you think that Verizon is ready to handle a potential spill over of thousands of free agents (contract free customers) from AT&T? What are your thoughts now that Verizon has incorporated a non-4G device to their line up and that they are trying to boost sales of their 4G phones? Please leave your comments.

You can find more information in the original iphone-developers article.

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Every once in a while, we feature something interesting in our Portal from our sister site, iPhone Developers. This time, we saw an article by Nathan, in which he points at the fact that Verizon customers who were waiting for the much rumored iPhone 4 on their network, may soon have what they asked for. The author of this article makes a very good case on the speculation of the tendencies of people to jump carriers when they get a new toy. The iPhone is certainly a crowd pleaser, as it was shown by AT&T since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007. So, with Verizon going into the iOS world, it will be rather interesting to see what the tendencies will be. Also, we need to keep in mind that the iPhone may not be ready for LTE, and with the Thunderbolt and Motorola’s secret 4G device around the corner, it may be a tough mound to surpass for Apple.

Speculators seem to agree…the iPhone 4 is due to arrive on the Verizon platform in the early parts of 2011, possibly by Valentines Day. Some believe that Verizon will make the announcement this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, though I believe it’s unlikely, as this seems like something best left to a Jobs magic show.

But lets assume that it’s coming, and coming soon. My question to you is this – are you going to switch? Why or why not?

I’ve decided to hang out on ATT for a bit, mostly because I’m hesitant to give up my unlimited data plan, but also because I couldn’t wait until spring for a new phone (just bought an iPhone 4, finally, this month).

You can find more of this in the original article.

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WOrdlense

From time to time, we feature an article or two that call our attention in our sister site, www.iphone-developers.com. This week, we will talk about this new app, which, truth be told, is really something that has to be seen in order to properly describe it (not really as it is rather easy to describe, but it is just plain awesome). The original article at iPD (link on the bottom of this article), will have a video embedded for you to appreciate what this app can do.

Basically what this app does is that it uses the camera as some sort of OCR engine and can translate any text in front of it into a different language. Think of Google Goggles but infinitely more accurate, and for text. Just an example, if you put a banner in front of the device while this app is running, what you will see in the device will be that banner, but with the writing translated into whatever language you are looking for. Needless to say that the translations are literal from what can be seen on the video in the article, so it looks like grammar may not be this app’s forte just yet. However, the concept of the whole app is simply mind-blowing to say the least. Your move, Android devs…

5 years ago, if I told you that you could use your phone’s camera to instantly translate from Spanish to English or from English to Spanish, you’d probably think I was crazy. In fact, I probably would’ve locked myself up on your behalf. But here we are, watching the impossible become insanely cool, as Quest Visual launches their new app for iPhone, aptly named World Lens.

You can find more information in the original article at iPD.

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Our sister site, iPhone-Developers.com, has posted a rather interesting article regarding the new iOS update coming towards iPhone users. As it turns out, unlocked devices  trying to upgrade to 4.2.1 will get locked on Recovery Mode and would not be able to use the device again until the device is restored via iTunes to an unlocked version of the OS:

Just yesterday, BigBoss got a tip that Apple had installed a baseband requirement for iOS, meaning that if you are running an unlocked phone and attempt to update to the latest iOS, you could get stuck in recovery mode until you restore to a regular version of the iOS via iTunes.

So what does this mean?

BigBoss recommends that unlockers stay as far away from iOS 4.2 as possible, even if for development.

If you’re not sure what unlocking means, then this won’t apply. Instead, I recommend that you readthis piece (oldie, but a goodie) on the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking before trying to make sense of what baseband and/or modems have to do with your iPhone.

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bug

Every week we bring you a small small glimpse of our sister site, iphone-developers.com. The site is rapidly growing in popularity and as such, we want to make sure that if you are an Apple user, that you get your i-fix even when you are on XDA. Without further ado, here is this week’s story from iPD:

iOS Bug Might Keep You From Getting To Work On Time

For those of you that, like me, woke up and wondered why some of your clocks were an hour off, today marked the “Fall Back” portion of Daylight Savings Time in the US, where clocks everywhere were officially screwed up.

Though my iPhone did get the memo, it appears that some of my clocks, and more importantly, my iPhone alarm, did not, going off an hour later than it should have. So what’s up? Is this an epidemic or is it a plot to keep you from catching the day’s NFL games on time?

It turns out that it’s an iOS bug, one that fails to adjust the time on your phone’s alarm to account for the rolled back time. Apparently, iPhone alarms, unless fixed, will go off an hour later than the official time, which is sure to cause chaos this coming Monday.

How do you fix it? Simple: delete your recurring alarms, and then set them up again. That’s it.

Or, you can be like this guy and show up late, missing key meetings, and then try to explain it to your boss. Yeah, you don’t want to be that guy.

Though I’ve yet to learn if this bug is iOS 3 or 4 specific, Apple has confirmed that the bug exists and a patch will be added to 4.2, which is soon to be released.

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Surely, you have seen the birth of our sister site iphone-developers.com in the recent weeks. Starting this week, we will feature an article from their homepage as a means to allow users on XDA who have some Apple experience or who simply like their products, to be up to date with the latest developments in this new and growing community.

Skyfire Browser for iPhone Now Available, Includes Flash Video Playback

It wasn’t until recently that Apple even allowed competing browsers to be accepted into the App Store, but not only has SkyFire managed to gain approval, they have done so with the incredible ability to play flash video. It’s been two months of waiting for the Skyfire team (and the rest of us) but the application is now available for download in the App Store for the price of $2.99.

This feat of flash-playback trickery is accomplished by sending web pages first to Skyfire’s own servers, where they are then rendered and converted into a format that is acceptable to the iPhone browser. Flash video is converted into HTML5 and compressed (by about 75%) so that it can easily be played by the native webkit browser without flash support.

Unfortunately this leaves us in the dust for certain flash applications that are more than just video, and it also reduces playback quality by a considerable amount. The final painful truth is that one of the top benefits of this browser, the ability to access Hulu videos, has been blocked altogether. With YouTube and most of the other video services natively supporting HTML5, this makes us wonder if the need for flash video playback is still as great as it once was.

Update: Skyfire has halted sales because their servers are unable to keep up with demand. It is not known when sales will resume.

Thanks Arbre for the article.

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