Since the iPhone 5 announcements from Apple carriers have cut the price of both the iPhone 4 and 4S. The 8GB iPhone 4 is now being offered for free under a two-year contract.
Apple mentioned the free iPhone 4 would only be available on certain carriers during their press event and according to an image posted by 9 to 5 Mac, Sprint will be one of the companies who won’t be carrying the iPhone 4 in stores starting September 21st when the iPhone 5 arrives.
If you want the iPhone 4 on Sprint come Friday you will need to order it online.
Retailers have starting dropping the price of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 in preparation of the next-generation iPhone hitting the streets. Currently the prices sit at $199, $299 and $399 for the iPhone 4S and $99 for the iPhone 4.
Apple retail stores have been given the go ahead to offer the same discount as approved retailers and carriers. This new pricing discounts $49.01 from the standard purchase price.
If you have wanted an iPhone and don’t really care about the next generation model waiting in the wings, this is a great deal. Keep in mind the discount only applies to Apple retail stores and is not available currently online.
Apple seems to be in the Holiday spirit as the company has extended their AppleCare+ program. In the extension of the program, iPhone users will get repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date of your iPhone for $99.00. It also adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage for a $49 service fee.
Your iPhone will still come with one year of warranty coverage and 90 days of telephone technical support.
How to get AppleCare+
- Add it to your shopping cart during the checkout process when you purchase your new iPhone
- Buy it within 30 days of your iPhone purchase. (You can not purchase this plan once damage has occurred)
- At Apple Retail (requires a Genius Bar appointment, inspection of the iPhone & proof of purchase
- Or call 1-800-275-2273 (requires proof of purchase)
If you’re using an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 or a 3rd / 4th generation iPod Touch you will be happy to know iOS 5 is now available. The new version can be downloaded through iTunes; make sure you back up your device before you start the download.
Changes that can be found with iOS 5 are Twitter integration, iMessage, email and improvements made to Safari. Another feature found with the new iOS is a brand new Notification Center, which finally brings intuitive notifications to iOS.
iOS 5 also includes iCloud which backs up your iOS device’s data to the cloud without the need for a computer and your able to easily switch between devices without using a computer. You can watch a video and learn a little more on iCloud via this link.
There is only one reason to not upgrade to iOS 5 and that is if you want an untethered jailbreak or are an unlocker, other than that get upgrading.
Apple has begun selling unlocked iPhone 4s. The United States is the last region to start selling them as AT&T has always been against flexibility and benefit for their customers. Now that AT&T has lost the exclusive contract for the device in the U.S. It has paved the way for unlocked devices.
The iPhones are available directly from Apple and come at a substantial cost. 16GB model is $649 and the 32GB is $749.
Keep in mind these will not work on T-Mobile’s 3G/4G network. You can get data service but it will be the slower EDGE network.
The Worldwide Developer Conference keynote started and end as expected with no announcement of new hardware. After the keynote I really started to wonder if new hardware was even necessary. The improvements in iOS 5 and the addition of iCloud really build onto the iPhone 4 hardware nicely.
We will be covering iOS 5 and iCloud in a few summary posts. For now you can view the keynote if you missed it this morning and see all the new features in iOS and iCloud via the video link below.
To help just the portions want, we have included the times the products appear in the video below. Read more
The next generation iPhone has been highly talked about, but with all the “rumors” going around it is hard to know what to believe this time. I really think Gizmodo needs to start hanging out in Silicon Valley bars about now.
According to Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek the next iPhone will have some “minor cosmetic changes” and will possibly be the named the iPhone 4S. Read more
If you’re a Facebook users on the iPhone you may want to head to the App Store and download Facebook Messenger by Crisp App Ltd. This app brings a lot of add on features to the Facebook messenger. Complete list of features after the jump. Read more
Verizon has been ahead of the game when it comes to a certain feature on Apple’s iPhone 4. Unlike AT&T, Verizon has had Personal Hotspot built into their iOS 4.2.6 iPhone which allows for their iPhone 4 users to tether through Wi-Fi.
Nevertheless AT&T appears to be ready to launch a Personal Hotspot feature for their iPhone 4 users as well. The carrier is reportedly provisioning the new Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi sharing feature in version 4.3 beta for developers. Read more
This past week was a busy week for the mobile Industry as we had some leaked information, Twitter shutting down access from the UberTwitter client and one of the biggest events for the mobile technology world, MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. Here are some articles you may have missed. Read more
Apple doesn’t attend major events like CES (Consumer Electronic Show), MWC (Mobile World Congress) or CTIA, the only events you will catch Apple attending is the ones they host. Read more