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Old 10-13-2007, 05:52 AM
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My wife gave me one of the 8GB iPhones for my birthday yesterday, and I must say I am impressed (both by the phone and by the fact she bought it for me! ).

I've seen the advertisements but have never played with one. It's still smarter than I am at this point, but I'm closing in on it. The instructions (if you want to call them that) that came with the phone were a joke. Luckily I got an email with a video guide after I registered the phone online.

Who all's got one and how's it working so far?
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Old 10-13-2007, 06:13 AM
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Happy Birthday TN!

Take everyone that you can get. The alternative is not as good as getting older.
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Old 10-13-2007, 06:22 AM
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still love mine...it's really not the gadgets and do-dads that are surprising...it's the clearest sounding phone I've owned and it never drops calls....
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Old 10-13-2007, 08:03 AM
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TN...remember, there's no dial on that thing or a crank to reach the operator...


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Old 10-13-2007, 08:09 AM
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They are very nice. I have a few friends that have it and love it. I'm waiting a few more months until the 16gig version comes out. Here are a few links you might want to check out.
http://www.apple.com/iphone/gettings...ctivation.html
http://www.apple.com/iphone/gettings...uidedtour.html
http://www.apple.com/iphone/gettings.../keyboard.html

http://discussions.apple.com/categor...categoryID=201
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:23 AM
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Thanks fiction, BTW there's two r's in Forrest as in Gump there Bubba!

GlenE, I agree that I can hear better on this phone than my other, but I would think dropped calls is a network thing as opposed to a phone thing. The speaker is better quality for sure and we'll see about dropped calls. I had AT&T already so this will be a good test.

SeaRaft, what can I say except that I'm still looking for a world record!

FASTFJR, what the heck would anybody need with 18GB of memory? I'd be willing to bet most members of this forum don't even have 8GB on their PC's. Thanks for the links!
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:26 AM
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All this iPhone talk makes me have faith in AAPL and buy some stock, even in the 160's! Stores are still packed, iMac sales up, iPod cruising and the iPhone is the craze of the non-corporate world cellphones.

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I would think that iPod sales are WAY down since the iPhone showed up, especially when Apple is billing it as the best iPod they've ever offered. Hopefully I will finally be able to figure out how to download music to this thing and won't be carrying cases of CDs with me when I travel.
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:31 AM
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Hey,

TN, I've got your career change. You can be a "proof" reader for publishing companies.

Man, you're tough.


I will go correct it right now.
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:56 AM
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TN FREEBIRD - 10/13/2007 5:52 AM

Who all's got one and how's it working so far?
I picked one up the 2nd day they were out on a whim, and have been very happy with it.

I would not say it is the best phone I have ever owned. However, it is very good.

The most impressive thing to me is that everyone who says "oh cool, an iphone, can I see it?" immediately grabs it and starts using 2/3rds of the features, without needing any instructions. (hence the pamphlet that came with it)

Apple has some instructional videos online that are very simple, but helpful.

To me the most impressive thing is the browser. For a mobile device, I am very happy that I can browse almost any website I want without issue. THT comes through great and is a good way to kill time when you are stuck somewhere.

Downsides, I'm still annoyed at the lack of applications available for it (And this "web app" nonsense apple is pushing is crap) and battery life is so-so. I pretty much have to charge it every night, but I'm not unhappy with that.

I wish Edge was faster here in South Florida. I have travelled a bit where the Edge speed was acceptable, but down here it is pretty bad. When I was on vacation in Puerto Rico, on the other hand, it was 100% usable. Go figure.
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TN FREEBIRD - 10/13/2007 9:23 AM

Thanks fiction, BTW there's two r's in Forrest as in Gump there Bubba!

GlenE, I agree that I can hear better on this phone than my other, but I would think dropped calls is a network thing as opposed to a phone thing. The speaker is better quality for sure and we'll see about dropped calls. I had AT&T already so this will be a good test.

SeaRaft, what can I say except that I'm still looking for a world record!

FASTFJR, what the heck would anybody need with 18GB of memory? I'd be willing to bet most members of this forum don't even have 8GB on their PC's. Thanks for the links!
Considering I have a little over 120 GB's of music 8 GB's in nothing. I realize I'm the exception and not the rule. We have 6 Apple Pro Macs at work with a total of 12 Terabytes on the computers and another 20 Terabytes of backup storage.

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All this iPhone talk makes me have faith in AAPL and buy some stock, even in the 160's! Stores are still packed, iMac sales up, iPod cruising and the iPhone is the craze of the non-corporate world cellphones.

--JK
Just ask Ray how much he likes Apple stock. I love it. I sold a chunk of it a few months back and put it in safer things. It should pay for my son's college education in 5 years. That's if he goes to a college thats 50K a year or under. FYI, I bought almost have my stock at 5 and 6 dollars a share. I just wish a bought a lot more
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... and battery life is so-so. I pretty much have to charge it every night, but I'm not unhappy with that.
It's ok, thats the way 'real' (aka 'modern') cellphones work, you charge them daily. Charging once a week is kind of unique to the US, maybe still in parts of Europe. Fwiw, in Japan I believe all new cellphones have the same charger interface so regardless of who the manfr the phone is any charger will work. If you go into a restaurant or bar and there is usually a charger plugged into the wall in the corner. Go over and charge your phone while you are eating. You hop into a car with someone, you use their charger to boost your phone batt. It's a big phone charger party!

I've said this before and it needs repeating, often. The US is in the techno-toilet. Our cellphone infrastructure is old and needs to be replaced. It cannot support current cellphone technology. One of the advantage of most other countries is that they are physically smaller than the US. So a smaller investment by the cell company buys less cell towers but can offer better coverage than we have in the US. When cell towers are closer it requires less battery juice to connect and access the system. The obvious advantage is that the batts in foreign cellphones can be a lot smaller and translates into less weight and a smaller overall cellphone.

So charging your cell phone everyday is better than the alternative; a bigger, heavier cellphone with a battery that costs a crap load more to replace.



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Old 10-13-2007, 11:29 AM
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fichtion - 10/13/2007 12:31 PM

Hey,

TN, I've got your career change. You can be a "proof" reader for publishing companies.

Man, you're tough.


I will go correct it right now.
I just didn't want people to think you was stupid or somethin'!
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:06 PM
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Oh well, looks like my iPhone had a brain fart already.

I was headed home from the office and decided to make a call and I got a "call failed" error message. Then I noticed "no service" at the top of the screen.

When I got home, I called my wife's cell from the house phone and got her. Obviously, that meant it wasn't a service problem. I called AT&T, punched 37 buttons, then got transferred to an Apple rep after she couldn't help.

He ran through a bunch of stuff which changed my error message from "no service" to " invalid SIM card" or something to that effect. He had me pushing different buttons at the same time to reset the phone, and now it seems to be working.

Needless to say, my confidence in this phone is less than great as I plan to be out of town a bit over the next couple of weeks. Anybody have a problem like this with their iPhone?
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It's ok, thats the way 'real' (aka 'modern') cellphones work, you charge them daily. Charging once a week is kind of unique to the US, maybe still in parts of Europe.

I've said this before and it needs repeating, often. The US is in the techno-toilet. Our cellphone infrastructure is old and needs to be replaced. It cannot support current cellphone technology.
Eyeball, I think both of your statements above are a little silly.

Firstly, I understand the changes in technology going into "modern" phones, and also the changes in batteries in an attempt to keep up. However, that doesn't alter the fact that I expect a phone to be useful for 2 days without having to charge in between. It's just an observation, I would have the same complaints about any other smartphone.

Second, I'm not sure what technology you are missing in your life to suggest the "US is in the techno-toilet." As you said yourself, our sheer geography and the scale of the infrastructure involved makes it difficult to rapidly (re)deploy any nationwide system. What would you like to see different? It has been years since I travelled anywhere in the US and worried about whether or not my phone would work... and the last thing I want to see is MORE cell phone towers strewn across the US landscape.
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TN FREEBIRD - 10/13/2007 2:06 PM
I was headed home from the office and decided to make a call and I got a "call failed" error message. Then I noticed "no service" at the top of the screen.

Needless to say, my confidence in this phone is less than great as I plan to be out of town a bit over the next couple of weeks. Anybody have a problem like this with their iPhone?
TN, I wouldn't sweat it - that's NOT normal behavior for the iphone, but AT&T isn't exactly the best when it comes to account setup etc. Did you try simply rebooting the device and trying again? AT&T has lousy activations but once a device is working it tends to stay working. I wouldn't involve their reps unless you had to.

I have been a rabid nokia fan for 10 years, and have not had any more problems with the iphone than I had with any of the nokias. In the 4 months I've owned it I think I have rebooted it twice due to "oddities", and not experienced any real problems.
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TN FREEBIRD - 10/13/2007 10:27 AM

I would think that iPod sales are WAY down since the iPhone showed up, especially when Apple is billing it as the best iPod they've ever offered. Hopefully I will finally be able to figure out how to download music to this thing and won't be carrying cases of CDs with me when I travel.
They said that when it came out, however about 2 weeks ago the iPod Touch came out and has surpassed the iPhone, so it WAS the best for about 6 months.
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Old 10-13-2007, 07:02 PM
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Well, it looks like I'm headed to the AT&T store tomorrow to get another phone. This thing crapped out on me 3 times since I made the last post.

It shows "no service" until I repeat the process that rep told me about. Then it works for about 15 minutes or so, and goes out again.

I sure do hope these folks don't give me any grief about this thing. One thing that bugged me a little was to hear they charge a 10% re-stocking fee if you return an iPhone altogether after the box has been opened. I think I'll take my 3rd Razor (which recently bit the dust) along so I'll have something to throw... just in case.
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TN FREEBIRD - 10/13/2007 7:02 PM

Well, it looks like I'm headed to the AT&T store tomorrow to get another phone. This thing crapped out on me 3 times since I made the last post.

It shows "no service" until I repeat the process that rep told me about. Then it works for about 15 minutes or so, and goes out again.

I sure do hope these folks don't give me any grief about this thing. One thing that bugged me a little was to hear they charge a 10% re-stocking fee if you return an iPhone altogether after the box has been opened. I think I'll take my 3rd Razor (which recently bit the dust) along so I'll have something to throw... just in case.
Sorry to hear that. 10% re-stocking seems to be the norm. Friday night I went to Best Buy to purchase a new DVD player /burner. Well, stupid me did not realize the one I picked did not have an optical audio output until I got home and opened up the box. I never even unwrapped anything, just opened up the box. Took it back Saturday morning and guess what. They charge me 10% for opening the box up
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Old 10-14-2007, 08:06 AM
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No doubt a lot of folks buy things like these, play with them a while, then return them never having had any intention of keeping them.

Given the fact all these stores track their customer's purchases, looks like you'd be able to make a return as a repeat customer if you end up with something that just won't suit your needs. I got into a deal like that with Circuit City a while back on a high end video recorder. When they told me about the 10% deal, I told them "thanks, but no thanks".
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