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Official: Apple announces faster, cheaper iPhone (includes review)

Apple announced on Monday a much faster iPhone that's half the price of the current model. The news is expected to address one of the biggest complaints about the hugely popular iPhone: That its network is too slow. CEO Steve Jobs said the new iPhone 36% is faster than top rival Nokia's N95 smartphone.

Available July 11, the new 8-gigabyte iPhone will cost $199; a 16-gigabyte version will cost $299. Jobs also said the new iPhone will have an extended battery life with up to six hours of Web browsing and five hours of talk time.
The Jobs made the announcements at the company's annual World Wide Developers conference at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco.
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Press Release just issued

Twice as Fast at Half the Price

SAN FRANCISCO—June 9, 2008—Apple® today introduced the new iPhone™ 3G, combining all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK. In the US the new iPhone 3G is priced at a stunning $199 for the 8GB model, and just $299 for the 16GB model.** iPhone 3G will be available in more than 70 countries later this year, beginning with customer availability in 22 countries—Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US—on July 11.

“Just one year after launching the iPhone, we’re launching the new iPhone 3G that is twice as fast at half the price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “ iPhone 3G supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync right out of the box, runs the incredible third party apps created with the iPhone SDK, and will be available in more than 70 countries around the world this year.”

iPhone 3G gives users ever faster access to the Internet and email over their cellular network with quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA for voice and data connectivity around the world. iPhone 3G supports Wi-Fi, 3G and EDGE networks and automatically switches between them to ensure the fastest possible download speeds. The new iPhone 3G also makes it easier to multi-task with simultaneous voice and data communications, so with iPhone 3G you can browse the web, get map directions, or check your email while you are on a call.

iPhone 3G includes the new iPhone 2.0 software with both the iPhone SDK and key enterprise features such as support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to provide over-the-air push email, contact and calendar syncing as well as remote wipe and Cisco IPsec VPN for encrypted access to corporate networks. The iPhone SDK allows developers to create amazing applications that leverage the iPhone’s groundbreaking Multi-Touch™ user interface, animation technology, accelerometer and GPS technology on the world’s most advanced mobile platform.

iPhone 3G includes the new App Store, providing iPhone users with native applications in a variety of categories including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The App Store on iPhone works over cellular networks and Wi-Fi, which means it is accessible from just about anywhere, so you can purchase and download applications wirelessly and start using them instantly. Some applications are even free and the App Store notifies you when application updates are available. The App Store will be available in 62 countries at launch.

Additional features available with the iPhone 2.0 software include the ability to do real-time mapping and track your progress with GPS technology, mass move and delete multiple email messages, search for contacts, access a new scientific calculator, turn on parental control restrictions for specified content, save images directly from a web page or email them to your iPhone and easily transfer them back to your photo library on your Mac® or PC. iPhone 3G delivers an amazing 10 hours of talk time on 2G networks and 5 hours using 3G, with up to 5 to 6 hours of web browsing, up to 7 hours for video playback and up to 24 hours for audio playback.

iPhone 3G takes advantage of MobileMe™, a new Internet service that pushes email, contacts, and calendars from an online “cloud” to native applications on iPhone, iPod® touch, Macs and PCs. With MobileMe email, messages are pushed instantly to iPhone, removing the need to manually check email and wait for downloads, and push keeps contacts and calendars continuously up-to-date so changes made on one device are automatically updated on other devices. With iPhone, you can even snap a photo and post it directly to a MobileMe Gallery to share with friends and family.

iPhone 3G will be available in the US on July 11 for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 8GB model and $299 (US) for the 16GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail stores and requires a new two year contract with AT&T for qualifying customers. iPhone 2.0 software will be available on July 11 as a free software update via iTunes® 7.7 or later for all iPhone customers.

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As much as I am pissed at Rogers right now, if I can get an 8GB for $199 CDN and a REASONABLE (As in $10 or so) unlimited data plan, I am sold.
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The Rogers site crashed just after the announcement. And there is nothing on the site about the iPhone yet at all.

Apple's site actually links to Rogers, but I am guessing they didn't know it would be announced today. Well, if they DID know, there is no excuse for not having at least a placecard image/text or something.

I am guessing their plans for the iPhone will be iPhone-specific and will be expensive. But hopefully not.

I may be jumping ship from Telus just for this phone. And everything I have heard about Rogers is terrible, especially here out East where the reception is often crap in certain areas of the province where it is 100% fine with Telus/Bell.

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$199, eh?

Anybody think Rogers will actually offer the iPhone for $199?

I hope so and if the plans aren't usurious then Rogers has just sucked me back in.

Curse you, ROGERS!

Mind you, the US plan is only 2 years and in the UK it looks like 18 months. All for the same price of $199.

Wow. Why can't we have shorter terms? Why must we be locked in for 3 years at the same price?




OK. Looks like an iPhone for me.

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Rogers site does have a "Something really big is coming July 11" banner but nothing with more details.

It will be interesting to see if Rogers decides to offer different plans through the Rogers and Fido brands.
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I'm currently with Fido and I was quite surprised to see a link to Fido on the Apple website for "Where to Buy". In the past, Rogers & Fido have never (I think) shared the same products, so I'm curious to see if the iPhone will actually be sold through Fido. And if so, if the plan(s) will be different from Rogers.

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What a STUPID ad on Rogers part!!!

They already announced that they were going to be getting the iPhone this year and the Apple announcement also included the FACT that Rogers would be carrying it on the launch date of July 11. Sorry. They said that it was in Canada on July 11. But seeing how there is only ONE GSM carrier in Canada, it is not hard to figure out who is the carrier.
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My 2 bits is that we will get the same hardware pricing, with 3 year contracts and quite expensive data and voice rates.

unlimited data at $40 a month? maybe $30 if we are lucky.

I spoke to a Rogers head office guy and he said this pricing on the data plan is their major issue. I took that to mean they know they have to drop the prices a lot, for the device to sell as expected. This is a major win for Rogers if they are smart about it, and can somehow give us 300-500 minutes plus unlimited data for ball park $60-70 a month.
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The bar has been set by AT&T: $70 for unlimited 3G data, 450 daytime minutes, 5000 e/w minutes, 200 SMS and voicemail. No SAF.

If Rogers brings that out at the $199 price, I will buy three on launch day.

Rogers REALLY has a golden opportunity to deliver a kill shot in the markets where coverage is comparable. Will they have the huevos to do it? Or will they continue to perform unbiblical acts on Canadian consumers?

With new players lining up to enter the market (undoubtedly with GSM networks) and Telus openly discussing a GSM conversion, this could be the turning point in Canadian mobile history.
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Unbiblical acts, eh?

Yeah, that's why I was aching to dump Rogers at the end of our 3 year contract, and now?

Dammit, Rogers has just sucked me back in.

I think, though, screw them and get a 2 year plan and pay the extra coin.

If that's even possible.


$199 and a 3 year contract.

Yeah, hotcakes is right.

Rogers is gonna sell a ton of iPhones and I'm gonna be one of the buyers...*sigh*.

I am Rogers' b*tch.

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Here's a question for y'all...

The unlimited data plan is on the 3G network but what if, in your area, all you have access to is the slower EDGE network. That's the case here.

Is there any chance the unlimited data plan wouldn't apply to those NOT in a 3G area?

Just thinking out loud.


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Who knows with Rogers. They are a bunch of thieving buggers.

I SO SO SO wish that someone like T-Mobile were allowed in the country or that Telus would make up their minds and cut their network over to GSM.
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rogers and fido have launched the same products many times, where have you been hiding? rogers/fido both carrried the E62-1, Samsung i616 Jack, Motorola Q 9h, Samsung A736, V3 RAZR/Razr05/Razr06, v190, Nokia 6061, theres probaly more too that i can not remember
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