Check out this faceoff video between the Palm Pre, iPhone 3G and Google Android G1 from PhoneDog. Looks like the Palm Pre do have certain niche factors to it.
Source – PhoneDog
Back to Hong Kong after the WPBA inauguration convention. Weather was getting really cold (-4C) and started snowing when I got to the Incheon Airport. Lots of Korean rushed through the door at the airport to take pictures with their hand phones on what seems to be the first snow (maybe) and some were making wishes too, real interesting scene. Took tons of pics but need couple days to sort through them before I can post them up so bear with me for now.
Well, back at work today and the sales from 3 Hong Kong came over to deliver the iPhone 3G to my big boss. We chatted a bit and he asked me whether I know that there’s an insurance program with coverage of HK$3,000 on the iPhone 3G. Told him I never heard of it and asked him about it.
The deal is, if one enroll in the insurance plan, one would need to commit three more months on top of the 24-month contract. By doing so, one will get a one-year coverage of HK$3,000 if one loses the iPhone 3G (a lost report have to be filed with the local police). After the first year, the charge would be HK$39 a month in order to extend the coverage.
Hmm…interesting as I know a lot of people who have lost their iPhones and they probably have not heard of such plan… some great sales and marketing there.
WOW, great news. No contracts, fully unlocked iPhone 3G now available from Apple Hong Kong. HK$5,400 got 8GB and HK$6,200 for 16GB.
“iPhone 3G purchased at the Apple Online Store can be activated with any wireless carrier. Simply insert the SIM from your current phone into iPhone 3G and connect to iTunes 8 to complete activation.”
Check it out at the link here.
Thanks Belle from BeansBox for the link.
Received an email last week from one of the readers here and he asked about the latest on the iPhone 3G and also on how TurboSim works.
Stumbled upon your blog. Makes great reading. Im going to be in HK on conference in November. I am looking to purchase an iphone. I know you have probably answered these questions 1000x but if you could help me that would be great. From reading your blog I take it my first stop should be Sin Tat Plaza, Mongkok……What prices are available at the moment?
I’d like an unlocked phone to use on the Vodafone network back in New Zealand. Ive read that the phones should already be unlocked, is this true?…..Anything I should watch out for…eg copies etc
Could you explain to me TurboSim…I’d prefer a non TurboSim phone…rather a software unlocked one.”
Coincidentally, I came across a short article on the same topic in this week’s PCMagazine and I’ll share my reply here with you all.
“For iPhone 3G, the prices for the imported ones (unlocked) been going down real fast lately. True, Sin Tat Plaza (or Sincere Podium) is the place to go for them and other phone accessories. The going price now is as low as HK$5,980 (US$767) for 16GB and HK$4,980 (US$638) for the 8GB.
The TurboSim (or called Gevey 3G now) is basically an IC chip, the size of a Sim Card and can fit perfectly into an iPhone together with any 2G/3G Sim Card. By doing so, it will activate the iPhone and the good thing is, it works for any 2G or 3G sim card. The TurboSim cost around HK$250. Also please note that the current version for TurboSim is only 2.01.
As for the unlocked iPhones. 3 Hong Kong is the local carrier and they only sell them with a contract. There are some unlocked iPhones 3G in the territory currently from Vodaphone New Zealand but their prices is about HK$9,000 (US$1,154). You might be lucky to find some in Sin Tat but a lot more expensive and there’s no market price as it really depends on availability.”
Source – PCMagazine
Finally have time to install the new iPhone 2.1 update on my iPhone. Took me a little bit over 40 minutes for the whole update and install process (237.8MB altogether this time). Really like the new functions, such as more info on tracks/podcast played on the iPod and time remaining from last played; the 3G/EDGE signal upgrade (reception seemed a lot better at least for me); shorter backup time (gee, thanks Apple, finally) and installation for new apps; and the Genius playlist which I don’t have time to play around yet. As for the rumored better/longer battery life, still need couple days to tell.
However, been getting a lot of mixed reviews all across the wire. Engadget ran an article saying that some users been experiencing degradation to their 3G signals and been having problem with their email. Guess we’ll find out how all that pans out in a few days.
How’s your upgrade working?
Came across this great comment while reading my RSS feeds today. This from maxonly on Macworld‘s article, “Looking for a fix for Apple’s iPhone fix”,
iPhone 3G is great as long as:
1. you are always close to a power supply (poor battery life)
2. never want to copy a photo, song, contact, ringtone or application from other than ONE Mac or PC
3. never want to copy anything from the iphone to anything else (unless you email it)
3. don’t want to customize how your text messages are saved
4. don’t want to customize alarm volume compared to ringer volume (it’s all the same)
5. never need to forward a text message!
6. never need to copy and paste anything.
7. want to ALWAYS be discoverable by bluetooth devices
8. want to search endlessly for other bluetooth devices
9. never want to add any words to the predictive text dictionary
10. don’t mind dropped calls!
other than those things, it’s really great
Source – Macworld
Woot to the following countries announced so far, still four more to go.
- Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Uruguay on Telefonica
- India on Bharti Airtel and Vodafone
- The Czech Republic on O2
- Estonia on EMT
- Poland on Orange and Era
- Romania on Orange
- Philippines on Globe Telecom
- Hungary on T-Mobile
- Singapore on Singtel
Source – Engadget
Somehow just forgot to do an update on the Infinxx icombi AP23 when I saw it at Tomato Mobile a week or so ago. Remember that I always mention the icombi AP21 which I used with my iPhone, iPod Touch & iPhone 3G as a Bluetooth dongle for A2DP (see old post, Finally Got My iPhone setup with Bluetooth Stereo Headphones (for both music and call)), well, the updated AP23 is now available in Hong Kong for HK$380 (US$49). The new version, according to other users pairs up with Bluetooth headsets more swiftly and less dropping in connections were noticed. Check it out, should be in most of the stores around town if you want the perfect Bluetooth dongle for your iPhone or iPod.
Well, been three weeks with the iPhone 3G and I think it’s about time for me to post up my own iPhone 3G reviews. First up, the lag.
For the first two weeks, I’ve been experiencing much lag when launching applications, switching between applications and even launching the contact list at times (couple seconds lag before I could start scrolling down the contact list, and the lag is just not acceptable). Before I go into details on how I tried to tackle the lag issue, let’s take a look at my iPhone 3G settings first.
For the first week, I basically had WiFi on all the time, Bluetooth off, push on new data fetching and had location services on. As for headphones, I used my Bluetooth dongle (icombi AP21) most of the time together with my Plantronics Voyager 855 or Philips SHB7100 Bluetooth headsets.
On to the second week, I decided not to use the icombi AP21 and my Bluetooth headsets to see if there’s any connection with the battery drain off the Bluetooth dongle. No luck there. Next I tried turning push data and location service off, no luck there either. Checked on couple iPhone user forums and compare my lag with other iPhone 3G users, found out that only some of the new iPhones had the same lag issue. Of the 10+ iPhone 3G I tested out with my friends who owned them, I would say only a third had the lag issue, wierd.
The night before last I decided to restore it to the factory settings to see if the problem would go away. I started the process and iTunes first asked whether I wanted to backup all my data, of course I chose yes. The whole backup process went pretty swiftly for around 5 minutes or so for my 6GB+ data. Then iTunes downloaded the factory settings and restore it on to my iPhone 3G, that took around 20 minutes or so. The last process was restoring all data from my backup and that took over 2.5 hours, ouch.
So, 3 hours after I started the restore process, the iPhone 3G finally reboot with pretty much everything back intact. The applications, songs, videos and photos were there. Only a couple apps needed me to reset my account info but it wasn’t so bad.
As for the lag, well, it was a lot more better. Apps popped up a lot faster and seemed like the restore took care of the problem. For the past two days, I didn’t feel that much lag as before and am glad that I gave it a try. So, for those out there who have been experiencing the same problem, give it a try by restoring it to factory settings and see whether it works for you or not.
For now, back to twittering on my iPhone.
Apple announced yesterday at their quarterly financial conference call with investors that the iPhone 3G will go on sale in 20 more countries on 22 August 2008.
That came in the midst of iPhone 3G shortages all over US. Really makes me wonder how they’re gonna boost production to meet additional demand. No word as to which 20 countrires will be that lucky but they’ll sure be coming from that list of 50 under the Coming Soon header on the Apple iPhone page, link here. Amongst the list are countries like Philippines, Macau, Singapore and India from Asia, think they’ll get it?
Check Apple’s iPhone page for updates.