A new web site has surfaced that allows users you watch live television via a QuickTime player in Safari. Per Macworld UK, tvcatchup.com allows both iPhone and desktop conputer users to currently watch 11 channels - BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, Five, BBC Three, Film4, E4, More4, and 4Music.
In spite of an upcoming price war and a potential influx of iPhone handsets being returned, O2's UK division has temporarily run out of both the 16 and 32 GB iPhone 3GS models from the company's online store. According to The Telegraph, most physical outlets are said to have been without phones for two weeks. Supplies of the 32GB model were only depleted on or after September 28th.
On Friday, wireless carrier T-Mobile confirmed last month's rumors that the operator was scouring Europe for contract-free Apple iPhones to offer as incentives for customers to stay with them. In an interview with the Financial Times, Richard Moat, UK managing director of T-Mobile stated that T-Mobile had supplied iPhones "to a few hundred" high-value contract customers.
UK iPhone carrier O2 has signed a deal with BT Openzone, adding another 3,000 Wi-Fi hotspots that O2 iPhone users can now access in hotels, airports and coffee shops, including Starbucks. This is in addition to the 5,000 owned and operated by The Cloud that iPhone owners can also access. [via Macworld]
In retaliation of AT&T and O2's unwillingness to subsidize the iPhone 3G S for current 3G owners, users on Twitter are forming "twittitions", a new virtual petition that users can "sign" by posting a tweet. At the time this was written, the Twitition for O2, which was created first, was at 2621 signatures, and the AT&T Twitition at 1858 signatures.
According to Mobile Today, O2 will be dropping the price of the iPhone 3G some time this May in preparation for a new iPhone launch from Apple either some time this June or July. The price drop will make the 8GB model free on the £35 and £45/month contracts where it currently costs between £59 and £159.
Classes on developing for the iPhone in one way or another have been popping up around the US, even though the strict NDA attached to the iPhone SDK remains in place. The NDA indirectly prohibits the sharing of information on how to write code for the iPhone, but that's not stopping North London's Qantm College from introducing their own iPhone Game Development course.
UK iPhone carrier O2 has finally announced their pay-as-you-go contract prices for the iPhone 3G. Starting September 16, the device will be available without a contract from O2, Apple, and Carphone Warehouse. The unsubsidized price of the device will be £349.99 (US$630) for the 8GB model and £399.99 for the 16GB. Interestingly, this price includes Wi-Fi and data network access for 12 months after activation, and only afterward will users need to sign up for a £10 monthly subscription. However, Apple warns that Visual Voicemail and call merging will not be available on contract-free versions. Thanks for the tip, Ash!
Apple's gotten some criticism in the US for their slight exaggeration in their iPhone 3G ads, such as their claim that the iPhone 3G is twice as fast as the 2G iPhone, and is even facing a possible class action, but has otherwise garnered no bad consequences. The UK government appears to have taken the matter more seriously and has banned the ads from airing in the country.
O2 announced during their Q2 financial results that they have gained over 137,000 new monthly-paying customers to their user base thanks to the iPhone. Interestingly these users arrived before the iPhone 3G launch. Prior to the iPhone 3G launch, O2 cut the prices for their 8GB and 16GB iPhones to clear out inventory in anticipation of iPhone 3G shipments, and their claims show that it was successful.