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Apple introduces iPhone 3G

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Mon June 9, 2008

iPhone 3G

Apple today unveiled its highly anticipated iPhone 3G. The device "climbs the next mountain" of requiring fast mobile data as well as reducing the price. The connection is the most important feature and downloads websites 2.8 times faster than an iPhone on EDGE; it's also faster versus rival 3G-capable devices like the Nokia N95, according to Apple. E-mail also transfers more quickly and approaches Wi-Fi speeds, the company says. Despite the higher-power Internet connection, the device can last for 5 hours of 3G talk time and 10 hours of 2G -- up from 8 hours on 2G. Browsing is the same at between 5-6 hours, while video and audio playback have been upgraded to 7 and 24 hours respectively.

GPS is also built into the device and can combine with cell tower triangulation and Wi-Fi to help locate an iPhone. The feature allows real-time positioning in Google Maps.

The device is even thinner at the edges and has a full plastic back for improve reception, but with solid metal buttons; the headphone jack is flush to allow any device. Audio quality is also improved, the company says.

iPhone 2.0 software is preloaded on the device and includes access to the App Store, Exchange data support using ActiveSync, parental controls, and native support for iWork and Office files. The iPhone 3G integrates directly with Apple's new Mobile Me service to share calendars, contacts, photos, and iDisk information in real-time between computers, iPhones, and iPod touch devices.

The device will be available in 70 countries and will sell for $199 for an 8GB model -- $200 less than the original. There will also be a 16GB model for $299. Versions will be available in black and white. The phone is available through the online Apple Store and will ship to 22 countries on July 11th, with more following afterwards.





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  1. Guest

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    Latest phone rumor

    Latest Rumor: "Is Steve going to announce a phone that helps small businesses to Grow Smart?"

    First unconfirmed pics of the Smibs phone seen on the web... http://tinyurl.com/5535fj

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  1. Guest

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    Latest phone rumor

    Latest Rumor: "Is Steve going to announce a phone that helps small businesses to Grow Smart?"

    First unconfirmed pics of the Smibs phone seen on the web... http://tinyurl.com/5535fj

  1. mgpalma

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    No 32GB iPhone

    Wow, no 32Gb iPhone. I am really surprised & disappointed. The rest is great and I am really happy bout it, however I cannot 'realize' Jobs original comment of replacing all my devices with just one. I own 28GB of music-and yes I want access to it all.

  1. loveshismac

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    so does...

    ...the July release date apply to the US too?

  1. malax

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    where's the iPod love?

    No price change on the iPod touch? It is very odd to see (on the Apple store) an $199 8-gig iPhone sold along side a $299 8-gig iPod touch. The extra $100 is to enjoy the silence of people not calling you? Isn't the touch just an iPhone without the phone and GPS?

  1. Guest

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    No mention

    There was no mention of voice dialing which seems like a "must have" given the number of states requiring hands-free operation of cell phones while driving.

  1. Guest

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    Video call??

    I am disappointed that there is no video call integration. It's a 3G phone Apple!!

  1. hayesk

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    Re: no mention

    I don't know if there's voice dialing, but those states were pretty stupid making hands-free laws.

    It's the actual conversation on the phone that causes driver inattention, not the act of dialing or holding the phone itself. Struggling to understand and talk to someone on a phone requires much more concentration than talking to a passenger in the car.

    If those states did even a few minutes of research, they would have learned that.

  1. Guest

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    prices are only w 2 yr co

    low 199 & 299 prices ONLY with new 2 yr att contract


    "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."

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    prices are only w 2 yr co

    low 199 & 299 prices ONLY with new 2 yr att contract


    "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."

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