We just got a tip from a very reliable source inside T-Mobile to look for the iPhone hitting their network on March 24. This comes along with information about a block out of personal time off between March 24 and April 5. While this is rumor our source is well placed in T-Mobile and has proven accurate in the past.
If you missed the BlackBerry 10 announcement this morning or want to relive it you can follow this link to experience the hour long announcement. Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T have all committed to carrying The BlackBerry device line-up.
Finally the day we have all been anxiously waiting for, the Apple iPhone 5 has been announced. Over the last few months we have had rumors pouring in about this device and with its announcement we can finally pick out the true rumors from the false ones.
First of all we have the design of Apple’s new iPhone. The new iPhone 5 is taller, thinner and complete with a metal back. The iPhone 5 has been equipped with a new 4 inch retina display, which in turn has made the phone 8.6 mm taller but no wider, changing the aspect ratio to 16:9 so it displays widescreen movies in a better quality. The larger screen will also allow the phone to contain an extra row of icons. Apple says the display has 44 percent more color saturation than the iPhone 4S. In addition to a better display of widescreen movies we will also be able to see a full five-day week view in calendar.
Evolution of the iPhone through the years
In order to make the iPhone thinner and lighter Apple introduced their new Lightning connector to replace the old 30-pin connector. The new Lightning connector is all-digital eight pin design that is significantly more durable than the older 30-pin connector. Another awesome feature of the new Lightning adapter is that its reversible, which means anyway you plug it in is the right way. And if you have an iPhone accessory you love and cant live without that still relies on the old 30-pin connector you can purchase a Lightning to 30-pin adapter for $30 and not available until October.
The iPhone 5 also features LTE wireless technology. Apple had this to say about LTE on the new iPhone 5.
“You rely on your iPhone. So a thin, light design and outstanding battery life are important to you. But so is a fast data connection. LTE wireless technology is built for speed, but adding it to a phone can create bulk and drain battery life quickly. iPhone 5 does LTE the right way optimized for better battery life and designed for ultrafast connectivity in a thin profile. The very things you want most from your smartphone.” Read more
Apple sold 4 million iPhone 4S devices in just 3 days. Apple was very prepared for the 4S launch as was its carrier partners. The usual week or two wait to get a new device after launch is non existent. Radio Shack says it has iPhones in Stock at 3,000 of its stores and Apple now let’s you reserve one online by 9PM for pickup the following day.
This has been a perfect launch with no real issues except delays activating the iPhone on AT&T. I hope Apple is able to keep these type of launches going.
If you are looking for an iPhone hit up an Apple store online to reserve one or a Radio Shack.
We just got an email from Sprint informing us that they have exceeded all prior records for sales. Below is the official statement:
Sprint began selling iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 in Sprint retail stores nationwide this morning at 8:00am local time. Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to offer new and existing customers the iPhone experience with unlimited data plans starting at just $79.99 per month.
Fared Adib, Sprint Product Chief, issued the following statement:
“Sprint today reported its best ever day of sales in retail, web and telesales for a device family in Sprint history with the launch of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. We reached this milestone at approximately noon CT/1pm ET. The response to this device by current and new customers has surpassed our expectations and validates our customers’ desire for a truly unlimited data pricing plan.”
This is a huge day for Sprint and we hope the iPhone bring them much success.
It has been a busy week for Apple and the carriers as they prepare to launch the iPhone 4S. Here is a quick rundown of where things are right now.
Apple continues to take preorders but has “sold out” of the devices set aside for launch day. They sold out in less than 24 hours which is not surprising. Orders placed today are set to ship in 7 to 14 days after launch. Have no fear, Apple always under promises and over delivers so you will have your device faster than that.
AT&T exhausted it’s preorder stock of 200,000 iPhone 4S smartphones. We suggest you order directly from Apple or if you must have one on launch day go to an Apple store if possible. AT&T’s website has shipping dates listed as between 14 and 21 days after launch, for orders placed today.
We have included current shipping times for Sprint and Verizon below, based on storage size. Remember it is always easier to get devices with larger storage capacity. 16GB is the best selling because of it’s lower price.
Sprint (click picture to enlarge)
Apple has posted an iPhone 4S introduction video above. Do you plan on getting one or holding out for an iPhone 5? Let us know.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint may be making a bold business decision tomorrow. We are all expecting the iPhone 4S to be announced at the Apple “Let’s Talk iPhone” event tomorrow in Cupertino, but what about the iPhone 5?
It appears Sprint may have an exclusive deal for the iPhone 5 costing them 20 billion dollars. If what the Wall Street Journal is reporting is correct Sprint will be the sole U.S. carrier to offer the device.
Under the terms of the contract with Apple, Sprint will purchase 30.5 million iPhones that work on their WiMax network and hold an exclusive deal until 2012 when other carriers have their LTE networks fully deployed.
This would be a great business move for Sprint if they are able to move that many devices, if they can’t they are just losing money.
We find out everything tomorrow morning at 10AM Pacific Time.
The October 4th iPhone announcement is official. Apple sent out invitations today. As always people read into the graphics Apple uses. The image states October 4, 10 o’clock, the map points to Apple at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, and 1 Missed Call. Could one missed call be a hint to just one device? We have had two strong rumor mills, one representative the iPhone 4S and one for the iPhone 5. What do you think we will see on the 4th?
As of now we are expecting iOS 5 to become GM on the 4th and an iPhone launch on October 14. Get your lawn chairs and camping equipment ready.
It appears T-Mobile will not be getting the iPhone 5 when the other carriers get it in October. There have been very few rumors about T-Mobile getting the device and with the AT&T / T-Mobile merger,T-Mobile really didn’t need to carry the iPhone if they were shacking up with AT&T.
This news comes from T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman who was speaking at a town hall style meeting for employees. “We are not going to get the iPhone 5 this year.”
If this is true, it puts T-Mobile at a disadvantage from the other carriers. I really think AT&T and T-Mobile thought their merger would just be rubber stamped as most mergers are and they would live happily ever after.
Will you move to Sprint, AT&T or Verizon if T-Mobile does indeed skip the iPhone?
We have heard may dates for Nokia launching their first Windows Phone device. Last we heard it was leaning towards the 1st quarter of 2012. Nokia was asked by a user yesterday when a launch would be coming via their Twitter account. Nokia answered, saying their first Windows Phone device would launch by the end of the year but with no promise as to which countries will receive it first.
As of now, Nokia is looking for a limited launch with a full rollout in 2012, We will keep you posted as more info comes In.
AT&T is going to start rolling out their LTE this weekend on Sunday, September 18th. The CFO of AT&T John Stephens said this during his appearance at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Entertainment & Communications Conference. The launch will include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are going to be the lucky five cities to experience LTE.
This fits in perfectly with the info we brought you in May about the planned launch.
AT&T plans on pushing out LTE to more cities by the end of year. Now we just need some LTE smartphones. iPhone 5?