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#1 of 36 Todd H

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Posted April 23 2009 - 02:39 PM

I almost bought one a few years ago when they first came out but didn't pull the trigger. Now, since I'm a government employee, I can get a nice discount every month so I've decided to give it a go.

I'm getting a refurb, white, 16GB 3G model. This will be the first cell phone I've ever owned (not including the phone I had to carry when on-call for a previous job). I know...I know. I think I was the last person on the planet to not own a cell phone. It should be here in a couple of days. Can't wait!

#2 of 36 Michael_K_Sr

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Posted April 23 2009 - 03:57 PM

Welcome to the adventure. The phone is great, especially with the 3.0 features on the horizon. AT&T still sucks ass though.

#3 of 36 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 24 2009 - 12:05 AM

Todd,

It's about time!

You will really enjoy your new phone.

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#4 of 36 Sam Posten

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Posted April 24 2009 - 01:00 AM

Congrats! Mine comes on June 8th or whenever they ship the 3rd rev! =)

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Posted April 24 2009 - 01:01 AM

(Jealous)

I'm waiting for the iPhone to be on Verizon. Any day now, right? Right!?!

#6 of 36 Todd H

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Posted April 24 2009 - 06:16 AM

Just got my shipping notice and it will be here Monday. Luckily I don't have to work Monday so I'll get to spend all day playing with my newest toy. Woo hoo!

#7 of 36 Michael Harris

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Posted April 24 2009 - 07:37 AM

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AT&T still sucks ass though.

And that is what is holding me back. I was at a meeting earlier this week and three folks, of the five at the table, had iPhones. They are so nice.

#8 of 36 Ted Todorov

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Posted April 24 2009 - 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by DaveF
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I'm waiting for the iPhone to be on Verizon. Any day now, right? Right!?!
I know you're kidding, but for the serious answer, Apple COO Tim Cook said on Wednesday that Apple will never make a CDMA iPhone, calling it a dead end technology. Thus, there is no chance of a Verizon iPhone until Verizon completely switches over to LTE a.k.a 4G. (Indeed Verizon's CEO said something similar recently -- no iPhone before LTE.)

In other words -- no Verizon iPhone for years to come. The good news is that AT&T is supposed to be going crazy upgrading their 3G network in preparation for the iPhone 3.0 release. Lets hope it helps.
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Posted April 24 2009 - 12:18 PM

We are in the process of getting 3G here!
I can't wait until we finally step up and can experience the full potential along with the 3.0 upgrade of the iPhone!

In all honesty the phone part is really one of the last parts of this device I actually use unless you count tons of texting.

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Posted April 24 2009 - 12:57 PM

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In other words -- no Verizon iPhone for years to come. The good news is that AT&T is supposed to be going crazy upgrading their 3G network in preparation for the iPhone 3.0 release. Lets hope it helps.
I don't know the timeline, but I still find it odd (even for Apple) to willfully cut out 60% of the potential US customers, by being AT&T only.

Maybe AT&T will improve their network. I hear too many complaints to be excited about switching, even for the iPhone. Whereas with Verizon I experience no network problems.

#11 of 36 Todd H

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Posted April 27 2009 - 02:59 AM

Well, it's here. Posted Image

I was worried that there might be scratches all over the thing since it is refurbished but I couldn't find a single one. It looks brand new.

The operating system is fantastic and very user friendly. I thought I might have problems typing on it but it works pretty well. I don't think I made a single mistake when typing in my home's wi-fi password.

It would appear there is no 3G near my house. An E popped up in the top left corner by the signal strength meter. Is that the Edge network? No 3G could be a deal breaker. We'll see if it's available around town and on the road.

Still playing with it so I'll post some more thoughts later.

#12 of 36 Todd H

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Posted April 28 2009 - 12:38 AM

It would appear 3G is a no-go in my city. The best I can do when not near a wi-fi hot spot is Edge, which is painfully slow. I tried a little web surfing yesterday at my favorite Chinese restaurant while waiting for my order and it took forever for pages to load.

Signal strength and call quality was easily the equal of my wife's Verizon phone. In fact, where my wife gets about 3 bars at our house with Verizon, I was getting 5 with the iPhone and AT&T.

The app store is killer. I downloaded a number of apps and games and was impressed with the quality. The only downside is games are a bit hard to play on a touchscreen.

No MMS hurts. I'm used to sending pics to families and friends via MMS on my wife's phone and not having this feature sucks. I hear it's coming with the 3.0 software though.

Overall I'm very impressed with the iPhone. I have 30 days to decide whether to keep it or not. I have a feeling that I'll be hanging on to it. Posted Image

#13 of 36 Joseph Bolus

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Posted April 28 2009 - 01:45 AM

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The app store is killer. I downloaded a number of apps and games and was impressed with the quality. The only downside is games are a bit hard to play on a touchscreen.

Todd,

Here are some free apps you may want to check out:

* Sportacular - Probably the best way to keep up with scores and in-game progress for your favorite teams and sports. (It's only about 130 days 'till the Dawgs hit the field again!)

* vlingo - Provides a voice recognition front end for Google searches and contact searches/calls that actually works!
- Say "Call Tom Jones Mobile" and the app will search your contacts for a name that matches "Tom Jones" and then call his cell phone number.
- Say "Web search Abraham Lincoln" and the app will feed the phrase "Abraham Lincoln to the Google search engine.
- Say "Find Best Buy" and the app will feed "Best Buy" to the included Google MAPS application while using "location services" to find your current position. The end result is that the Google Maps application appears with "Pins" for the Best Buy stores nearest your current location.

* Flixster - Provides information on the movies playing near your location. You get trailers, critics ratings, user ratings, the name of the theatres near you currently exhibiting the movie, and the showtimes for the movies. (Plus, of course, you can optionally purchase the tickets for the shows!) The app also includes a nice DVD/Blu-ray database of upcoming titles to be released; and you can search the DVD database for catalog titles/reviews. This is nice to have around when you spot a bargain $5.00 DVD and wonder what the critics think of the movie.

* Wikipanion -- Nice iPhone-specific front end for Wikipedia.

* What's On? -- Provides "TV Guide" type information keyed to your current location.
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#14 of 36 Todd H

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Posted April 28 2009 - 02:25 AM

Sounds like some cool apps., especially Flixster. I'll have to try them this afternoon if I can pry the iPhone away from the wife (why do I get the feeling that I'm going to end up buying another one?).

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Posted April 28 2009 - 05:27 AM

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No MMS hurts. I'm used to sending pics to families and friends via MMS on my wife's phone and not having this feature sucks. I hear it's coming with the 3.0 software though.
I've never understood the MMS thing, having never used it. Why can't you email pictures instead?

Bummer about the no 3G. But it sounds like AT&T is doing ongoing network upgrades, so maybe you'll get 3G in the future.

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Posted April 29 2009 - 03:08 PM

what are the ATT complaints?
I went from many dropped calls with verizon to no dropped call
on ATT.
we are very happy.

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I've never understood the MMS thing, having never used it. Why can't you email pictures instead?
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you can.
you can email pics to other cell phones the same as if you are sending a regular text pic.

long, ripped from howardforums.com............

You basically email a picture to your friend's phone number and they receive it as an MMS message.

So heres how to do this:

First take a picture of what you want to send. If you already have a picture in the iPhone, then simply go to that picture by locating it in the iPhone's camera.

In the "TO" field of the email message, you need to enter the person's 10 digit phone number (their number including area code). The phone number should be followed by the standard prefix for their carrier. For example, for people with ATT, the prefix is xxxxxxxxxx@mms.att.net. If you do not know what carrier your friend is using, you can use the prefix xxxxxxxxxx@teleflip.com and it will automatically figure out what carrier they are using and send the MMS to them correctly.

When you have finished typing their number followed by the correct prefix in the "TO" field of the email message, then you can simply press send and it will send the message as an MMS to their phone.



If someone has MMS on their phone and wants to send you a picture, they can't because the iPhone doesnt support MMS. Instead, they should just email you the picture because you will instantly get the email on your iPhone and your iPhone will even alert you when you get the email.


Here is a list of prefixes for different carriers.


Alltel = xxxxxxxxxx@message.alltel.com
Amp'd Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@vtext.com
AT&T = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.att.net
Boost Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@myboostmobile.com
Centennial Wireless = xxxxxxxxxx@myblue.com (added by kcirrab-this is accurate for i have centennial)
Cingular (AT&T) = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.mycingular.com
Einstein PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@einsteinmms.com
Nextel = xxxxxxxxxx@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint = xxxxxxxxxx@messaging.sprintpcs.com or xxxxxxxxxx@pm.sprint.com
T-Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@tmomail.net
US Cellular = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.uscc.net
Verizon Wireless = xxxxxxxxxx@vzwpix.com
Virgin Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@vmobl.com



Or you can simply send a message to xxxxxxxxxx@teleflip.com and they will automatically detect the carrier. Teleflip is free to use.



Here are some more (may include some just txt #'s sorry I can't test them all):

3 River Wireless = xxxxxxxxxx@sms.3rivers.net
Advantage Communications = xxxxxxxxxx@advantagepaging.com
Airtouch Pagers = xxxxxxxxxx@myairmail.com
Airtouch Pagers = xxxxxxxxxxr@alphapage.airtouch.com
Airtouch Pagers = xxxxxxxxxxr@airtouch.net
Airtouch Pagers = xxxxxxxxxxr@airtouchpaging.com
AlphNow pin@alphanow.net
Alltel = xxxxxxxxxx@alltelmessage.com
Alltel PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@message.alltel.com
Ameritech Paging = xxxxxxxxxx@paging.acswireless.com
Ameritech Paging = xxxxxxxxxx@pageapi.com
Ameritech Clearpath = xxxxxxxxxx@clearpath.acswireless.com
Amp'd Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@vtext.com Arch Pagers (PageNet) = xxxxxxxxxx@archwireless.net
Arch Pagers (PageNet) = xxxxxxxxxx@epage.arch.com
Arch Pagers (PageNet) = xxxxxxxxxx@archwireless.net
AT&T PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@mobile.att.net
AT&T Pocketnet PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@dpcs.mobile.att.net
Beepwear = xxxxxxxxxx@beepwear.net
Bell Atlantic = xxxxxxxxxx@message.bam.com
Bell South (Blackberry) = number@bellsouthtips.com
Bell South = xxxxxxxxxx@sms.bellsouth.com
Bell South = xxxxxxxxxx@wireless.bellsouth.com
Bell South = xxxxxxxxxx@blsdcs.net
Carolina Mobile Communications = xxxxxxxxxx@cmcpaging.com
Cellular One East Coast = xxxxxxxxxx@phone.cellone.net
Cellular One South West = xxxxxxxxxx@swmsg.com
Cellular One PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@paging.cellone-sf.com
Cellular One = xxxxxxxxxx@mobile.celloneusa.com
Cellular One = xxxxxxxxxx@cellularone.txtmsg.com
Cellular One = xxxxxxxxxx@cellularone.textmsg.com
Cellular One = xxxxxxxxxx@cell1.textmsg.com
Cellular One = xxxxxxxxxx@message.cellone-sf.com
Cellular One = xxxxxxxxxx@sbcemail.com
Cellular South = xxxxxxxxxx@csouth1.com
Central Vermont Communications = xxxxxxxxxx@cvcpaging.com
Cingular Wirelss = xxxxxxxxxx@mycingular.textmsg.com
Cingular Wirelss = xxxxxxxxxx@mobile.mycingular.com
Cingular Wirelss = xxxxxxxxxx@mobile.mycingular.net
Clearnet = xxxxxxxxxx@msg.clearnet.com
Comcast = xxxxxxxxxx@comcastpcs.textmsg.com
Communication Specialists = xxxxxxxxxx@pageme.comspeco.net
Communication Specialist Companies pin@pager.comspeco.com
Cook Paging = xxxxxxxxxx@cookmail.com
Digi-Page / Page Kansas = xxxxxxxxxx@page.hit.net
GrayLink / Porta-Phone = xxxxxxxxxx@epage.porta-phone.com
GTE = xxxxxxxxxx@airmessage.net
GTE = xxxxxxxxxx@gte.pagegate.net
GTE = xxxxxxxxxx@messagealert.com
Houston Cellular = xxxxxxxxxx@text.houstoncellular.net
Infopage Systems pinnumber@page.infopagesystems.com
The Indiana Paging Co last4digits@pager.tdspager.com
JSM Tele-Page pinnumber@jsmtel.com
Lauttamus Communication = xxxxxxxxxx@e-page.net
MCI Phone = xxxxxxxxxx@mci.com
MCI = xxxxxxxxxx@pagemci.com
Metrocall = xxxxxxxxxx@page.metrocall.com
Metrocall 2-way = xxxxxxxxxx@my2way.com
Mobilecomm = xxxxxxxxxx@mobilecomm.net
Morris Wireless = xxxxxxxxxx@beepone.net
Motient = xxxxxxxxxx@isp.com
Nextel = xxxxxxxxxx@messaging.nextel.com
Nextel = xxxxxxxxxx@page.nextel.com
Nextel = xxxxxxxxxx@nextel.com.br
Ntelos = xxxxxxxxxx@pcs.ntelos.com
Omnipoint = xxxxxxxxxx@omnipoint.com
Omnipoint = xxxxxxxxxx@omnipointpcs.com
OnlineBeep = xxxxxxxxxx@onlinebeep.net
Pacific Bell = xxxxxxxxxx@pacbellpcs.net
PageMart = xxxxxxxxxx@pagemart.net
PageMart Advanced /2way = xxxxxxxxxx@airmessage.net
PageMart Canada = xxxxxxxxxx@pmcl.net
PageNet Canada = xxxxxxxxxx@pagegate.pagenet.ca
PageOne NorthWest = xxxxxxxxxx@page1nw.com
Primco = xxxxxxxxxx@primeco@textmsg.com
ProPage = xxxxxxxxxx@page.propage.net
Qwest = xxxxxxxxxx@qwestmp.com
RAM Page = xxxxxxxxxx@ram-page.com
Rogers Canada = xxxxxxxxxx@pcs.rogers.com
Satellink = xxxxxxxxxx.pageme@satellink.net
SBC Ameritech Paging = xxxxxxxxxx@paging.acswireless.com
Skytel Pagers = 7digitpinnumber@skytel.com
Skytel Pagers = xxxxxxxxxx@email.skytel.com
Southern LINC = xxxxxxxxxx@page.southernlinc.com
Southwestern Bell = xxxxxxxxxx@email.swbw.com
Sprint = xxxxxxxxxx@sprintpaging.com or phonenumber@pm.sprint.com
Sprint PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@messaging.sprintpcs.com or phonenumber@pm.sprint.com
ST Paging pin@page.stpaging.com
SunCom = xxxxxxxxxx@tms.suncom.com
SunCom = xxxxxxxxxx@suncom1.com
T-Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@tmomail.net
T-Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@voicestream.net
Teletouch = xxxxxxxxxx@pageme.teletouch.com
TSR Wireless = xxxxxxxxxx@alphame.com
TSR Wireless = xxxxxxxxxx@beep.com
US Cellular = xxxxxxxxxx@email.uscc.net
US West = xxxxxxxxxx@uswestdatamail.com
Verizon Pagers = xxxxxxxxxx@myairmail.com
Verizon PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@vtext.com
Verizon PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@myvzw.com
VoiceStream / T-Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@voicestream.net
WebLink Wiereless = xxxxxxxxxx@airmessage.net
WebLink Wiereless = xxxxxxxxxx@pagemart.net
Wyndtell = xxxxxxxxxx@wyndtell.com
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#17 of 36 Michael_K_Sr

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Posted April 29 2009 - 03:33 PM

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what are the ATT complaints?
I went from many dropped calls with verizon to no dropped call
on ATT.
we are very happy.

I'm glad things have worked out for you, Tony. In Chicago, AT&T's service sucks...period. Dropped calls and incomplete connections are regular occurrences. And don't get me started on the 3G data drop outs. I can't get voice or data service in much of my office, which is ironic, given that I'm required to carry the phone around for business. Makes me pine for the days of my reliable Sprint Treo service. I'd take Verizon or Sprint any day, given the choice.

#18 of 36 Todd H

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Posted April 30 2009 - 06:24 AM

After a few days with my iPhone, I think I can honestly say it's one of the most amazing devices I've ever owned. The weird thing is, even though I know it's a phone it doesn't feel like a phone. It feels like a small, handheld Mac. I've been having a blast with the thing.

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Posted April 30 2009 - 08:01 AM

Congrats! =)

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Posted April 30 2009 - 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Todd H
After a few days with my iPhone, I think I can honestly say it's one of the most amazing devices I've ever owned. The weird thing is, even though I know it's a phone it doesn't feel like a phone. It feels like a small, handheld Mac. I've been having a blast with the thing.

+1 on that. To me all other devices are phones that can act like a computer. An iPhone is a computer that can also make phone calls.

My biggest gripe with the iPhone is the battery life. i use it most the day and I alway need to have a charger with me.
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