By Ed Sutherland on Aug 29, 2012
Sprint has added four more US cities to its 4G LTE network. Baltimore, Gainsville, Ga., Manhattan/Junction City, Kan., and Sedalia, Mo. were added to the high-speed network the carrier launched on July 15. Baltimore residents gain not only LTE, but an upgrade to 3G, Sprint announced.
“As consumers all over the country are becoming more dependent on their smartphones, network quality is becoming more important,” according to a statement. Sprint’s LTE network began by introducing LTE in 15 cities. The carrier hopes to complete its LTE build-out by the end of 2013. Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Aug 29, 2012
Most are confident we’ll see the iPhone 5 in mid or late-September. Because Apple isn’t a blabbermouth about such things, its fans are left reading tea leaves looking for hints to divine Cupertino’s exact intentions. The latest signal comes from the mothership itself. Apple will pay up to $345 for your old iPhone 4S.
The Apple Store is making the offer as part of its support for recycling old technology. Your gently-used 64GB white iPhone 4S could net you a $345 Apple Store gift card, while a 16GB black 4S will recycle $285 into your pocket. Apparently, Apple is hoping you’ll use your windfall to buy the new iPhone 5. Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2012
It’s starting to look more and more likely that T-Mobile will once again not be receiving an iPhone nod from Apple this year, making it the last major carrier in the US without the handset.
But it’s not going to take this lying down. Recently-leaked flyers show that the carrier is about to launch a “Bring Your iPhone to T-Mobile” campaign, with an emphasis on plan price.” Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 28, 2012
Recently, I’ve been interested in factory unlocking my still on-contract iPhone 4S. I’d heard of various services over the past few months, but never really investigated them until recently.
After asking around on Twitter, I stumbled upon Cellular Medic — one of many services available online that claims to be able to factory unlock the iPhone for a fee.
I was pleasantly surprised that the entire unlock process took a mere 10 minutes. I went from an iPhone 4S locked to AT&T, to a permanently unlocked iPhone 4S that’s usable on virtually any GSM carrier. Take a look inside for a video walkthrough documenting the experience… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2012
Last week, T-Mobile announced that it was going to begin offering truly unlimited data plans on September 5th. It says the plans will work in conjunction with 4G data speeds, and promises that users will never be throttled.
Well, good news today for current or potential iPhone customers on the network. According to a new report, the carrier is about to start offering 4G micro SIM kits, compatible with its unlimited plans, for unlocked iPhone users… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2012
RadioShack has just confirmed that it plans to start offering a steep discount on its 16GB iPhone 4S models this weekend, following the lead of several other retailers.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen price drops on Apple’s latest handset from multiple outlets, including Best Buy and Walmart. And now it’s RadioShack’s turn… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 2012
A few days ago we told you about the iPhone 5 mod kit. It’s essentially a backplate for your iPhone 4/4S that’s made to look like the two-tone rear shells believed to belong to Apple’s next-gen handset.
Well either Tim Cook and company don’t like the fact that the mod kit is named after its latest smartphone, or it must look a lot like it, because Apple just served the developers a takedown notice… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 23, 2012
With the new iPhone launch less than a month away, retailers are scrambling to clear out some of their old stock. We’ve seen Apple’s handsets discounted at Target, Best Buy, and now, Walmart.
The retail giant just announced that it too would be knocking down the price of its iPhones. As of today, it’s selling Sprint, AT&T and Verizon models of the 16GB iPhone 4S for just $148… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2012
It’s extremely likely that the two-tone back panels we’ve been seeing over the past few months are indicative of what we’ll see on Apple’s next smartphone. And some folks aren’t very happy about that.
But for those of you who like the design, you don’t have to wait until next month to enjoy it. A new ‘iPhone 5′ mod kit has surfaced that allows you to convert your iPhone 4/4S into Apple’s next-gen handset… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2012
Apple is expected to unveil its latest smartphone next month on September 12. And though the handset won’t launch until the 21st, pre-orders for the device are said to begin the same day.
For those of you who plan on selling your old iPhone to help pay for the new one, that gives you around three weeks to do so. But according to resell data, you may not want to wait that long… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 14, 2012
With the new iPhone event just a few weeks away, retailers have started to heavily discount current models of the handset in an effort to clear inventory and maintain sales during the lull.
Best Buy and Target are currently knocking $50 off all models of the iPhone 4 and 4S, starting as low as $49.99. And Sprint has just sweetened the deal with a $100 AER gift card… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2012
Earlier this month, we reported that Sprint was starting to knock $50 off of its iPhone 4 and 4S models. Then a week later, Apple started matching the discounted prices at its retail stores.
Now it looks like other carriers want in on the action. Over the weekend, discounted AT&T and Verizon iPhones started popping up in Best Buy and Target stores around the country… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2012
Last weekend we reported that Sprint, a large wireless carrier here in the US, had started discounting the iPhone 4S by $50. The move wasn’t surprising, as we’ve seen similar discounts from other carriers and retailers.
But word is getting around today that Apple has finally joined the party, and has given its retail stores the authorization to match the discounted prices from approved major retailers and carriers up to $50 dollars… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2012
If you’re subscribed to Apple’s official YouTube channel and have email notifications for new uploads enabled, an alert may have hit your inbox today saying Apple just uploaded the Siri ad starring film director Martin Scorsese (go here for a parody treatment).
And just like that, because the video has replaced the original clip, a bunch of web pages that have the original embed code in place now show empty boxes (don’t worry, I already updated our article with a new code).
At first glance, the commercial is exactly the same as the original ad from two weeks ago. At closer inspection, the new version removes the AT&T branding and fixes a minuscule editing error that only the pickiest of eyes would catch. That’s attention to detail for you… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Aug 7, 2012
As a CES design award nominee, Rokform never ceases to impress with their array of iPhone and iPad accessories. If you happened to miss our Rokbed v3 Custom Case review and giveaway, you didn’t know Rokform has an extensive list of useful items designed to enhance the overall functionality of the v3 cases.
The Rokbed v3 Bike Mount Kit works seamlessly with the included Rokbed v3 case and keeps your iPhone front and center while hitting the trails. Thanks to our friends at Rokform, we’ve been able to test our own and give you a chance to win a case and mount too… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2012
A few days ago we asked the question, “Should Apple build a game controller?” It was a pretty fair question, considering that the graphics in iOS titles are getting closer and closer to console-quality, but the gameplay isn’t.
We’ve seen several accessory-makers try to remedy this problem by building physical gamepads, but none of them have managed to gain consumer traction. The new Gamepad, however, is hoping to change that… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Aug 4, 2012
We just got words that Sprint was currently selling the iPhone 4S 16GB at a $50 discount, for a total price of $149.99. According to a Sprint retailer who reached out to us, the company has been notifying stores that this new pricing would be in place until September 14th.
The timing seems very appropriate as the
iPhone 5 next iPhone has been rumored to be announced at an event on September 12th, and will supposedly be available for sale on September 21st… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2012
Last week, Apple started airing a new Siri commercial featuring the popular film director Martin Scorsese. The ad was the fourth in a string of celebrity spots focused on the digital assistant.
Unsurprisingly, a parody video has just been made to poke fun at the ad. You’ve seen “The Samuel L. Jackson ad you were hoping for.” Now, here’s “Scorsese’s alternate iPhone commercial…” Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 30, 2012
It seems like a gross oversight, on Apple’s part, that there’s no external indicator for notifications on the iPhone. This means that unless you happen to see a push notification come through, you have to unlock your handset to see if you have any missed calls or text messages.
Apple tried to remedy this issue with a new feature in iOS 5 called LED Flash for Alerts. It uses the iPhone’s camera flash to alert users that they have new notifications, but for a number of reasons, this solution is far from perfect. Enter the new FLASHr case by Phaze5… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 28, 2012
As the Pebble showed us, consumers are very interested in iPhone-connected smartwatches. The KickStarter project smashed all previous funding records, garnering over $10 million in pledges.
As you might have guessed, the success has drawn others into the smartwatch space. And today, we’re going to take a look at the latest entry, the Strata… Read More