Considering the amount of games that there are on the app store at the moment, it’s perplexing that I have never once, in my two years of being a gamer played a game that involves pirates and an epic story of plundering. The other day, I started playing Plunderland by
It would appear there are a lot of people trying to pre-order the iPhone 4, as many users are getting "Your request couldn't be processed" errors. At first, I thought it could be that too many people are trying to simultaneously order the new MacMini, but I don't think that is the problem. While all of the order processing looks to be on Apple's website, we've found the errors seem to be generated by AT&T's servers. In order for Apple to proceed, their servers connect with AT&T's servers, and a quick check on AT&T's end of things reveals the problem.
In a recent post entitled "In Defense of AT&T's New Utility Pricing System" by Glenn Derene of Popular Mechanics, Derene attempts to explain why AT&T did the right thing with its changed data pricing model. And while the article is supposed to be "in defense" of AT&T's new pricing model, Derene spends more time criticizing it than defending it.
In what may be the least-evil AT&T story in months, it seems as though the exclusive carrier for Apple mobile devices may show a glimmer of evilnessless. AppleInsider reported today that AT&T might offer users who cannot purchase an iPad due to scarcity a chance to purchase the unlimited data plan before June 7.
If you were planning to tether your iPad to an iPhone for on-the-go wireless, we have some bad news for you: You can't. According to AT&T it's not their fault. They claim the iPad simply won't allow it. While I'm no huge fan of AT&T right now, this time they might actually be correct. Keep in mind, when a user in Sweden asked Steve Jobs if the iPad could be tethered to an iPhone, Jobs simply replied, "No."
After a ridiculous amount of time, AT&T finally decides to offer tethering. Well, it's not here yet, but they say it's coming for real this time, and they must be serious because they have a price tag all ready to go. But what is the story with that price tag? AT&T says they are going to charge $20 per month for tethering. But tethering is only an option with the DataPro ($25/month, 2GB) plan. I can't tether with the cheap (200MB) data plan, and I can't tether if I hang on to my unlimited plan. Not only that, but what does one get for the $20? You would think that if the data is now capped at 2GB per month, the $20 provides more data. But you'd be wrong. Apparently, the $20 is just for the privilege of tethering. I already paid for the data, why charge me extra for how I use it?
AT&T announced today that they are changing the iPhone data plan, eliminating the $30 free-for-all, and offering two limited plans: $15/month for 200MB and $25/month for 2GB of data. More surprising, the $25/month data plan on the iPhone also replaces the existing unlimited data plan on the iPad. This change is conspicuously effective as of June 7. Could this be a hint of the end of AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple?
When the iPhone was introduced, many people argued that it would never work for business. As many of us suspected, that wasn't accurate, confirmed by AT&T's Business Solutions Unit CEO, Ron Spears. "Four out of 10 sales of the iPhone are made to enterprise users," says Spears. He also adds that the iPhone is a computing device to businesses, allowing some of them to pick up an iPhone in place of a laptop. This is undoubtedly going to be even more true of the iPad.
On Friday, AT&T announced that they are raising the Early Termination Fees starting June 1. The timing of the change is suspiciously close to the assumed release of the iPhone 4G, leading many speculators to believe it has something to do with AT&T's exclusivity with Apple drawing to a close. Only AT&T may know that answer, but they published an open letter explaining that they raised the ETF for smartphones in order to lower it on basic phones. The higher fee also provides better cost covering for AT&T, since you could buy an iPhone for $199 with a 2-year contract, then cancel, paying only an additional $175 for a total price tag of $374 on a $500 phone (or $600 for the 3GS).
It is tough to not be suspicious of companies like AT&T. But as Occam's razor states, the simplest solution is usually the correct one.
The iPad 3G hits the stores tomorrow at 5pm, and with the release of Apple's latest magical product, AT&T stands to sign up what I'm guessing will be a boatload of new customers. iPad owners will be able to sign up for and manage 3G data access right from their devices, and the associated costs look very reasonable. AT&T has provided a quick fact sheet to help answer your questions about the plans, and Apple has a web page set up to let you preview the management features.