Category Archives: iPhone

My iPhone 4S Pre-Ordering Experience

Through all the bad news this week, the highlight of the week was that on Friday morning at 3 AM EST, the iPhone 4S was going online for pre-ordering.

Like so many others, I decided to pre-order a Black 64GB iPhone 4S on AT&T. Before I went to bed, I got everything ready. I set an alarm for 2:45.

At 2:45 AM, my alarm went off. I got up, turned on my computer, I loaded up Safari and loaded up Apple & AT&T’s websites on separate tabs. On my iPhone, I loaded up AT&T’s Upgrader app on my iPhone. Thinking I was covering all the angles by having those sites loaded up, I thought I’d have no problem getting an iPhone. Boy was I wrong!

3:01 AM. I start refreshing Apple’s and AT&T’s sites. Whichever site loaded first was going to be the site I’d order from. Apple’s loaded up first a half hour later! I quickly selected the color, capacity, and carrier info, then entered in my billing zip code, etc. 20 minutes later, I finally ended up at the checkout page. I clicked on checkout. I was about to be very excited. ERROR! I had to start all over again!!!! Now I was freaking out!

Meanwhile on AT&T’s site, which I kept refreshing while I was trying to make my order on Apple’s site, the iPhone 4S didn’t exist! So at this point, I’m sweating profusely, I’m nervous, and I’m thinking I’m screwed…that I’d not be getting an iPhone 4S for a month.

Back on Apple’s site, I started all over again with my order. I couldn’t get past the “contacting AT&T” popup though! About ready to give up, I checked AT&T site again. Now the phone was showing up! Hope started to flood my system all over again! One other thing, AT&T’s site was really fast! I got to the checkout screen within 2 minutes! But then, I saw red text that threw me off. It told me that my data plan wasn’t compatible! I said screw it, I’m going to click continue. Good news! An unlimited data plan for iPhone 4S showed up!

(I gave up on Apple’s site by this point)

Back on track, I proceed to checkout. Then more red text popped up! My credit card billing address is different from my AT&T billing address. Apparently, AT&T will not let you place an online order if those addresses are different. I quickly changed my AT&T billing address to match my credit card address. I had to go through the whole process again, but at least it only took me a couple minutes!

I SUCCEEDED!!!!!

I got the confirmation page. I printed it, and within 30 seconds of printing it, I got the confirmation email. Contained in the email was a delivery date of 10/14! I became very excited!

After allowing myself to cool down (I was sweating so bad that I didn’t want to go straight to bed), I finally went to bed. When I woke up, I had the “Order Processed” email!

That’s my iPhone 4S pre-ordering tale!

Did anyone have a really bad experience pre-ordering? Good experiences? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d be interested in hearing how people’s pre-ordering went.

What I Thought Was An iOS 4.3 Bug

Good evening everyone!

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably updated to iOS 4.3 yesterday or today. I really like iOS 4.3 and I find it very snappy compared to iOS 4.2.1. I also notice that I’m getting better reception on AT&T’s 10.0 carrier file as well!

Anyway, after updating to iOS 4.3, I noticed that my photos didn’t sync. I got an error telling me that my iPhone didn’t have enough free space. I had 4 GB of photos on my phone. I had 6 GB available. Now I’m thinking, “What the heck?!”

I did some research and nothing really turned up throughout the course of the day. So I decided to just experiment and try to fix it.

After poking around in iPhoto and iTunes, I finally found my solution. It’s very tedious, but it worked for me.

I opened up iTunes and unchecked everything under the photos tab under my iPhone and then synced my phone. A message popped up and asked me if I wanted to delete the photos from my phone. I said yes. At this point, I also deleted ALL my music off my iPhone as well. At this point, the only items left on my phone were all my apps.

I opened up iPhoto and created a new empty album. I moved 3,000 pictures from the “old” album to the new one. I then plugged in my iPhone and synced it with iTunes. I went into the photo tab and turned on sync photos and then selected the new album to sync that contained the 3,000 pictures. As soon as I clicked it, it told me that it would take up 7 GB of space on my phone! So 3,000 pics = ~7 GB usage of iPhone space!

I then synced it. It went through the optimization first followed by copying the pictures to my phone. As soon as both of those were done, the Photo size decreased from taking up 7 GB on my iPhone to 1.18 GB. Now this makes more sense to me.

I repeated the above step; moving 3,000 pics per sync, and finally after 4 syncs, I had all the pics back on the phone.

I then opened up iPhoto and deleted the old album and I changed the name of the new album back to the name of the old album. iTunes recognized this and automatically applied the changes.

Now I just had to re-add all my music, books, etc and I was back in business.

This is a very tedious process, but if you want to carry a lot of pics with you from one or more albums, then this is the best solution I thought up.

I hope, if anyone has this problem, that everyone finds this useful.

Thanks everyone and goodnight!

iOS 4.3 Beta Features…So Far…

Good afternoon everyone!  Happy Mondays…ok, Monday’s aren’t usually great anyway.  🙂

Over the weekend, Apple iOS developers discovered some pretty cool stuff in the beta release of iOS 4.3.  Here are some of the things to note:

New iPad Gestures.  These are “possible” new gestures for the iPad that Apple “might” implement later on, but for now they’re there for testing.

AirPlay for Third Party Apps and Web Apps!  Yes, you read right!  Developers can now take advantage of the AirPlay APIs and stream video content from their apps to an Apple TV 2.  It would be cool if this worked for games too!  As far as AirPlay for web apps go, developers will need to put in strings of H.264  code as well as the special containers that will allow Safari to recongize if the content has been authorized to utilize AirPlay.  This is probably in place so movie/TV studios don’t freak out with unauthorized content being streamed to TVs.

New FaceTime icon.  The background is Silver now.  I think it will be most noticeable on the iPod Touch.

Full Screen iAd adds for the iPad.  We all know what iAds are so there’s no need to explain this further.

You can now configure the side switch on the iPad to be either rotation lock or mute/silent switch!  So for you people who miss rotation lock switch on the iPad, you’re getting a choice.

Someone found new camera lens effects buried in a plist file.  You can’t use them yet, but it sounds like Photo Booth for the Mac will be making its way to the iPhone.

There are new Repeat Alert Message settings.  You can now customize how often you want to hear a repeated alarm for a missed text message.  You can set it from twice to ten times!  However, it looks like you can’t turn it off totally, so you’ll have to choose which setting you want.  Remember, this is beta 1, so there’s time for Apple to re-add the on/off switch

Looks like there’s a new transparent keyboard layout.  It looks rather cool.  I’ve also heard that it is more responsive than previous keyboards.

It also looks like the App Store Updates section is getting a facelift.  It has a close resemblance to the Mac App Store that launched a couple weeks ago.

Looks like the iPad got a new font as well.

It looks like there are HTTP Live Streaming Stats too.  Wonder what that’ll be useful for.  We’ll see

Oh one more feature… 🙂

I saved the best for last.  Personal Hotspot!  Yup, not just for the VeriPhone, but for GSM phones as well.  I’m assuming it’s going to be activated on carrier by carrier bases.  I hope (very wishful thinking) that AT&T allows US iPhone users to utilize this pretty cool feature.  Hopefully they increase data caps as well for it!

Anyway, I think that covers the list of “possible” features we’ll see in iOS 4.3.  As with any beta release, Apple can easily add or take away features at any time.

Oh, one last note.  Apple is saying farewell to the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G with is iOS release.  Apple has dropped iOS support all together for these devices.  Hopefully this has been helpful for you.  What do you think of these features and what would you like to see in future iOS 4.3 betas or even the official 4.3 release?  Feel free to comment.

The VeriPhone!

Good afternoon/evening everyone! I hope your day was productive

Unless anyone has been hiding in a cave for a the last couple days, you undoubtedly heard a couple day ago, Verizon announced that the iPhone was coming to their network. I’m sure many of you have read similar blog posts, so I’ll just quickly sum up what we all know currently.

First, we know that the iPhone will be available on Verizon on February 10, 2011 for anyone who does NOT have a current Verizon contract. If you are a Verizon customer AND are eligible for a phone upgrade, you can pre-order the iPhone from Verizon’s reserve inventory starting on February 3, 2011 via their website. Apple and Verizon stores will start carrying it on February 10. The 16 GB iPhone will sell for $199 and the 32 GB iPhone will sell for $299, same prices as the AT&T iPhones.

Second, the Verizon iPhone is a CDMA phone. It does NOT support the LTE 4G network. This means that you will NOT be able to talk and use data at the same time, so I can’t say I warned the early adopters.

Thirdly, the iPhone Verizon is getting is the iPhone 4 and nothing more or less. Other than a CDMA modem (Versus GSM modem) nothing has really changed about the phone. The one big difference is at the software level where there is a new feature called Personal Hotspot. It allows you to share your iPhone’s cellular data via your iPhone’s WiFi connection with up to 5 devices around you! Now that is a cool feature!

We really don’t know much else about the VeriPhone currently such as pricing for voice and data, texting plans, how much Personal Hotspot, etc will cost. One thing that I can say is that Verizon says their iPhone will work in 40 countries around the world, with data available in 20 of those countries.

My Person Reflection:

In my opinion regarding the VeriPhone, I’m just not interested in it. 1. It is an iPhone 4. 2. Verizon doesn’t have coverage at all where I need it most. 3. Verizon’s 3G does NOT allow simultaneous voice and data (Simultaneous voice and data is something very important to me as a heavy data user). 4. The VeriPhone will only get 7 hours of talk time because their iPhone can’t fall back on a 2G network, versus (if you turn 3G off on an AT&T iPhone) you can get 14 hours of talk time on AT&T’s 2G network.

I’ve also been very satisfied with AT&T. When I’ve had problems, they resolved them quickly. And if the problems weren’t resolved quickly, they credited my account. (NOTE: It helps being nice and polite to the customer services representatives when explaining your problems/issues). AT&T also has coverage where I need it where Verizon doesn’t have coverage. Now, believe me, I understand that having good luck with a carrier comes with a flip of the coin. You’re either lucky or not. In my case, AT&T is and has been a great company to have as my carrier.

Having said all of that, let me say this. I’m glad that the iPhone is coming to Verizon because that means that AT&T finally has competition. Hopefully with that competition AT&T will step up their game and fix coverage holes & gaps, delivers 3G when they’re supposed to, etc. Several of my friends are mad that AT&T has not delivered 3G to Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, MI. AT&T promised a year and a half ago that they’d bring 3G to that area. 3G is still missing from that market. I don’t blame my friends for being mad and I’d be mad too if I lived in that market. So, AT&T, I hope you’ve learned a lesson…don’t announce coverage enhancements until you fully know for sure that I’ll roll out in 6 months time or so.

So I’m happy that AT&T will have competition. Because that means we, the consumers, will win out in the end. And, after 4 years of the iPhone’s existence, people now have a choice.

To conclude, the iPhone coming to Verizon is great for others, but not for me. Hopefully you find this resourceful.

What do you all think about the VeriPhone? Are you going to jump off the AT&T ship and join Big Red? Are you staying with AT&T? Are you satisfied with your AT&T experience? Feel free to leave insightful and intelligent comments please. 🙂

Please RT: Possible iPhone DST Bug Fix

Good afternoon everyone 🙂

My cousin discovered something important that I thought I’d pass along to you all.

I’m sure some of you with iPhones running iOS 4.1 have noticed your reoccurring alarms going off an hour late due to this rather bad bug. Well my cousin found a solution that has worked flawlessly so far.

1. Delete all of your alarms
2. Turn your iPhone off, the power it on
3. Re-add your alarms
4. Turn your iPhone off again, then power it up

That should fix your iPhone alarm woes. It has worked for him. It might work for you too.

If this solution has worked for you, and you wish to thank him, his twitter name is TheSilverFlash.

***DISCLAIMER*** He’s using an iPhone 3GS (32 GB) running iOS 4.1. This fix may or may not work for you.

T-Mobile To Get iPhone? Doubtful

Will T-Mobile be acquiring the iPhone later this year?  I really don’t think so.

Good afternoon everyone.  Hope you all are having a nice day. 🙂

About a week and a half ago, I blogged about how Verizon wouldn’t be getting the iPhone anytime soon. Well I’m back to discuss a new rumor floating around the Tweetverse and the web.

If you’re an avid iPhone news junkie, I’m sure you heard the rumors of T-Mobile getting the iPhone later this year.  Rumor departments are all over this one just like they are about a Verizon iPhone.  Why?  Why are people even speculating this?  I guess there’s a lot of people who really don’t like AT&T.  I do like them, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some competition between the carriers over the iPhone.

T-Mobile is a German based company.  So?  What does that have to do with anything?  That’s just it.  It’s a German based company.  They are not a US company.  What I’m saying is that T-Mobile doesn’t have the coverage footprint of other US companies like AT&T or Verizon.  Look at their coverage map, sure, their voice network is comparable to AT&T’s voice network, but look at their data coverage.  You ROAM most of the time on their data network.  You’re pretty much safe in large cities but once you leave the large cities or go out west, you’re going to be roaming.

Unlike a Verizon iPhone and what I was explaining in my Verizon iPhone blog entry, making a iPhone work on T-Mobile wouldn’t be that hard because the necessary hardware for the phone to operate is already in the iPhones Apple makes.  T-Mobile uses GSM, the global standard for mobile communications.  So from a hardware standpoint, T-Mobile is all set to acquire the iPhone.  But there is one more [big] hurdle to leap over.

Ah yes, how can we all forget about THE EXCLUSIVITY AGREEMENT?  Well it looks like the rumor department staff blew this one.  AT&T is STILL the exclusive iPhone contract holder for another two years.  2 YEARS PEOPLE!  Had this rumor come out a year later, then I might buy it a little bit more.  Why don’t you retweet that rumor in another year.  Oh, and change the possible release date too while you’re at it.  Make sure it coincides with a 2012 release date ;).

However, at least this rumor is a bit more plausible than a Verizon iPhone because at least Apple wouldn’t have to change the hardware inside the phone.  But remember, 2012 is the magic number for ANY future iPhone being released on another carrier in the US.

Will T-Mobile get the iPhone?  It is possible, but not for another two years.

Would you all like to see the iPhone come to T-Mobile?  Sprint?  Verizon?  How about an iPhone with Nextel direct connect?  Ewwww to the latter in my opinion.  But feel free to comment and let us know what you think.

What’s Up With Facebook Mobile iPhone App?

Good evening everyone.  🙂

A couple years ago, when iPhone OS 2.0 came out, one of the first Apps that I got was the Facebook app.  Great right?  Well, since then, it’s had a rocky life.

When the Facebook App was release, it was a great app overall.  It was lacking in many areas, but it was a great start at least.

When iPhone OS 3.0 came out last year, there were some difficulties with the app.  As soon as iPhone OS 3.0 came out, the Mobile Developer left the project and passed it on to someone else; someone else with more time to update the app and so on.  I’m thinking, “Great!  This could be good.”  And it has been for the most part.

Now this year, under a new developer, with iOS 4.o out in the wild now and a new iPhone out as well, there seems to me more problems.  I just checked the iTunes reviews and lots of people are complaining about the app crashing all the time.  Funny thing is as soon as I opened up the Facebook app, I was greeted with my home screan.  Huh, I though.

I tried the usual tricks, uninstalling and reinstalling; Failed.  Soft reset, hard reset, nothing worked.  So I submitted my own iTunes review of the app.

Seems that the problems lies with the iPhone 4 specifically.  I hope they push out a fix soon because it’s driving me nuts.

Let’s see what happens in the next few days.

Have you been having problems with the Facebook iPhone app?  Did you write your own review for it in iTunes?  Please feel free to comment. 🙂

iPhone WILL NOT come to Verizon anytime soon

Good afternoon all. Hope you’re all having a great day or evening.

I love (note sarcasm) waking up in the morning and seeing the following in my Twitter Timeline, “The iPhone coming to Verizon,” “Verizon to get the iPhone,” “[insert news agency or person(s) name here] says iPhone to Verizon launch soon.”

You get the idea. Has it happened yet? No. Why? Let me list it out for you here.

1st. We have to go back 4 years ago before the iPhone was released. Apple actually approached Verizon first about the iPhone. They said no. Now we can all speculate as to why they said no. My theory is that Verizon didn’t want to take the gamble on the iPhone because they wouldn’t get any say in the phone software and what’s on the phone; something Verizon desires to have; complete control over the phone. As Steve Jobs said at the D8 Conference this year, “No one has done anything like this before. We were the the first to tell the carrier, you worry about the network and we’ll worry about the phone.” I don’t think Verizon was ready to take on that risk. And that’s their loss. Lick your wounds and move on. Don’t hate for your mistake Verizon.

2nd. Have you seen how small and slim the iPhone 4 is? Have you seen interior pictures? It’s filled to the brim! You couldn’t fit anything else inside. Now take a look at the CDMA modems. They’re bulky and huge. There’s no way you could fit a CDMA modem into an iPhone 4 without redesigning the whole phone. Now, there’s a company overseas working on a GSM CDMA hybrid modem that would allow Apple to design one phone and then you, the consumer, choose which carrier to use. Now that’s a great idea! I support that idea. However, that hybrid modem is still too big for past and present iPhone designs. If that company can find a way to slim the modem down, then maybe you’d see it appearing in future iDevice hardware. But there’s still a couple problems here.

3rd. Speaking of CDMA and GSM, let me explain what those are. GSM and CDMA are wireless protocols. It’s the method of how a cell phone communicates with the tower and network for voice and data. CDMA is an archaic network that’s only used in the US, Mexico, Canada, and a few European countries. That’s it. It is not a big standard. That’s the standard Verizon uses. GSM, which is the Global Standard for Mobile communications, is the protocol AT&T and T-Mobile use in the US. GSM is the largest standard around for mobile communications. It made sense for Apple to choose AT&T because it allowed Apple to sell their iDevices all over the world versus a select few. Also, something else you need to know about about these protocols, CDMA, in its current form has limitations. For example, if you want to send a picture to the person you’re on the phone with, good luck. It won’t happen. If I want to send a pic to my friend whose on Verizon, she needs to get off the phone to receive the picture. On GSM, specifically HSPDA (AT&T’s 3G), I can send and receive MMSs while I’m on the phone. You can’t do that on Verizon’s vast 3G network. Same goes for Internet usage. On Verizon, you can’t talk and surf the web at the same time. Now for some people, that may not be a big deal. But to me, and a lot of other people I know, that’s a big deal. Oh, for you Droid users, having Android OS makes more sense to be on AT&T. I played with 2 Android phones at an AT&T store and was very happy that I could be on the phone and load a web page at the same time. But there is one more issue here and it has nothing to do with networks and phone models. Can you take a guess?

4th. You’ll have to think way back to when the iPhone was first announced back at MacWorld 2007. Do you remember now? Steve mentioned it just after announcing the “exclusive” carrier for the US. Oh you remember know don’t you? That’s right, AT&T is the EXCLUSIVE CARRIER FOR THE IPHONE IN THE USA! Apple and AT&T have a 5 year exclusive contract with each other. At this time, there are 2 years to go yet. You don’t want Apple or AT&T getting in trouble, do you? I know there’s a nationwide class-action lawsuit going on right now because AT&T has a “monopoly” on the iPhone, according to the plaintiff lawyers. If the courts decide to rule otherwise, I’ll support their decision.

To conclude, I’m happy the iPhone is on AT&T. I can take my phone pretty much everywhere and it works. I have had better coverage and better Customer Service with AT&T than with any other carrier I’ve been on.

If the chip manufacturer whose making the hybrid chip can make it small enough to fit in the iPhone and Apple decides, after the exclusive contract with AT&T ends, to develop an iPhone to work on all carriers, then I’ll welcome it because, contrary to what the Obama administration wants, it encourages competition, thus capitalism at it’s finest! GASP!

What is your take on all of this? How do you feel about AT&T’s exclusive agreement with Apple? Are you satisfied with AT&T and its many aspects? I welcome your opinions and feedback. If you comment, please be intelligent. I’ll only approve intelligent comments.

***NOTE*** the picture was made using Brushes iPhone app; picture is copyrighted by me. Use with permission only.

AT&T Canada Roaming is outrageous

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve been enjoying a nice long vacation. I was one of the lucky ones to get an iPhone 4 on launch day. So I’ve been having a blast with it while in the upper peninsula.

My family’s cottage is near the Canadian border. While we were attending the annual 4th of July parade, I received the following text message from AT&T:

Domestic Data plan does not apply in this location. You’ll be charged $15.36/MB

To make sure I was safe, I contacted AT&T and told them about the text. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to be charged for data and text messages I didn’t even use. They assured me that there would be no charges. And as far as I can tell, they’re right. But wow!!! That’s really expensive. I suggest if any of you have an iPhone or a data plan with AT&T, check this website out:

Traveling Tips for iPhone Users

Blog courtesy of iPhone Download Blog, article by Sebastian.

On another note, I know lots and lots of people have been having reception problems with the iPhone 4.

Yes, I notice if I’m holding my phone in the lower left corner, I do lose service. But, in terms of the other iPhones I’ve had, the iPhone 4 has the best reception ever!

I’ve been in some deep backwoods for the last couple days and I had service in places where other iPhones didn’t work at all. I even did a side-by-side comparison and found my iPhone 4 had service 60% more of the time than my dad’s original iPhone and about 30-40% more than my 3GS.

My solution, I’m just careful how I hold my iPhone.

How about you? Do you find AT&T’s international data charges outrageous? How about reception issues? Having any issues there? Feel free to comment.

SquareUp everyone!

Hello everyone.

You are all probably wondering what the heck this blog title is all about.  Well, I am here to answer that.  🙂

SquareUp is a new company, founded by one of the co-founders of Twitter.  SquareUp makes it possible for anyone and everyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android devices to accept credit card transactions.  Yes, anyone with one of those devices can take credit card payments!  No monthly fees, no early termination fees, accepts cash transactions, has customer loyalty options, accept tips at either percent or to the whole dollar, and low credit card transaction fees.  That’s a really great deal if you don’t sell a lot of your product.  The transaction fees are .15 cents plus a small percentage.  That’s not too bad.  The average fees for other merchant companies are around .50 cents per transaction.  Oh, a plus to having SquareUp is that you don’t have to have a merchant account!  Those can become very costly.  Another plus is that SquareUp gives you the card reader for free!!!  I’m not kidding, it really is free!

The card reader plugs directly into the headphone jack of one of the devices listed above.

Here is a video showing how SquareUp works.


As you can see, it’s very easy to use yet intuitive enough to protect your customers’ privacy and credit card information.  Setting up an account is easy.  Just download the app from the App or Android store and create the account on the device.  Then visit the link they email you and apply to receive your free card reader.  They do a credit check on you to make sure it’s “you.”  Once that’s done, you can start accepting cash transactions right away.  A big plus is that if the person buying something from you is a square member, it can do a photo verification of the buyer so you really know it’s “them.”

Here is another promo video basically showing how SquareUp can help your business or personal use.


Finally, us individuals can take credit card payments easily and efficiently.  I plan on using mine for my hobby business.  How will you use yours?

You can follow SquareUp on here on Twitter

Here is their YouTube Channel

And, of course, here is their website.

Oh, the app for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch is free!

***Disclaimer***

I’m not being paid to promote this product in any way, shape, or form.