Everybody have been waiting for Apple finally tooking the wraps off its 3G iPhone on Friday July 11th. It's keenly learnt that the new generation of iPhone has thinner edges, full plastic back, flush headphone jack, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware of course! It works with 3rd party applications and best of all is the cheapest of all version ever released, starting price of $199.
iPhone 3G combines three products in one – a revolutionary phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device. It features 3G, built-in GPS, and the best email, web browsing, and search ever on a mobile device. With its Multi-Touch interface, iPhone 3G redefines what a mobile phone can do.
Battery life isn't getting put out to pasture though, with 300 hours of standby, 8-10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio. GPS is also a go. Apple is using A-GPS, which supplements regular satellite GPS data with info from cellular towers for faster location. (WiFi data is also worked into the mix, which should give users a pretty solid lock on where the heck they are on this planet.) Unfortunately, as expected there's no front-facing cam, and while its edges are thinner than before it's still about a millimeter thicker at the center (12.3mm over 11.6mm before).
With tremendous features of the newly arrived 3G iPhone, the plus point is that Apple's thinking to make iPhone 3G available all over the world. Apple hopes to launch in 70 countries this year, with the black 8GB going for $199 and 16GB for $299 in black or white. (Both price points require a contract, of course.) Apple will be hitting the 22 biggest markets, including the US, on July 11th.
Summarized features of iPhone 3G
Size: 4.5 by 2.4 by 0.48 inches (115.5 by 62.1 by 12.3 mm), and weighs 4.7 ounces (133 grams).
Radios galore: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), UMTS / HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100MHz), GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz), Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
A SIM ejector comes in the box, would be a paper clip.
There's no dock included, just a USB power adapter and dock connector.
On AT&T unlimited iPhone 3G data plans for consumers will be available for $30 a month, on top of voice plans starting at $39.99 a month. Unlimited 3G data for business users will be $45 a month, on top of voice. There's a minimum two-year agreement, but we're not positive what that'll look like for those currently enslaved to an AT&T contract — you could be looking at a solid four years of time if you just took the plunge.
Apple's new MobileMe service will be coming with the iPhone 2.0 software, bringing push email and contacts for all.
Available on July 11th in: Australia, Austria, Belgium (French), Belgium (Dutch), Canada (English), Canada (French), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (French), Switzerland (German), UK, USA
The rest of the world is to get the phone this year: Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, C. African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macau, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Niger, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Qatar, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey, Uruguay.
No mention made of MMS, video recording or built-in iChat. What gives, Apple?
Crucial Links for 3G iPhone Crazy:
Related: Apple Store (US) – 3G iPhone
Related: iPhone 3G is finally official, starts at $199, available July 11th from Engadget.com by Paul Miller
Related: Phew! the Apple iPhone 3G is Out from Techtree.com India
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