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70 Days With An iPhone: Part One

Being a lover of all things gadget, I was compelled to place the iPhone at the top of my list for new goodies. Having used the Apple iPhone from day 2 of its release to present day has left me with a mix of joy, pain, learning and frustration; very similar to having children oddly enough. Having used this device for over 2 months gives me a better perspective on reviewing it without being influenced by the hype surrounding its initial release and debunk some myths that I commonly hear from others who are curious about it but are afraid to own one.


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Big Drop Burns iPhone Users

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In a seemingly unusual move, Apple computer announced a large $200 drop on the price of its flagship 8GB iPhone. Not being known for big discounts, Apple’s move caused a reaction by investors, bringing the price of its own shares down over 5%.

This move has current iPhone users understandably angry after the substantial price reduction only 2 months after its release. Internet blogs are brimming with angry responses from buyers and anti-iPhone types taunting them for running out too quickly to buy the thing.


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AT&T 8525 WM6 Release Date

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My source in AT&T has said that the official release date for the upcoming Windows Mobile 6 update for the 8525 will be October 5th. This is a huge disappointment for us who have been biting our nails for the release to be in late August or early September.
The update won't be a huge change for 8525 users but it will provide some nice updates like HTML email and numerous functional updates to the OS.
I will be sure to provide updates and details to this post as more information becomes available. Stay tuned.


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Apple Finds A Solution - With Windows Mobile

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Life is truly ironic. On a recent visit to an Apple store near my home, I noticed that the customer service reps were using handheld devices that could process your order on the spot without having to wait in line at the main counter. The unit fits neatly in their hand; it takes credit cards and debit cards with a built in card reader and can even initiate an electronic copy of your receipt to be sent to your email address so you don’t have to wait for a printed one. All in all, very quick and efficient.


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HTC Launches Mogul for Sprint

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Sprint users can now rejoice with the launch of the new Windows Mobile 6 phone from HTC—the Mogul. The Mogul joins the family of HTC devices based on the newer class of phones that include the AT&T 8525 and the T-Mobile Wing. The Mogul has the distinction of being the first CDMA version of this class in the U.S. and replaces the aging PPC-6700.

The Mogul sports the updated Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition operating system as does the T-Mobile Wing. The AT&T 8525 is due to have an upgrade to WM6 by the end of July.


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Give Your 8525’s PTT Button New Life

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Whether you’ve installed the latest update from HTC on your 8525 or not, most of you are still wondering what to do with that extra button on the side. Cingular, now AT&T, released the 8525 late in 2006 with a spare button for their upcoming Push-To-Talk (PTT) system to compete with carriers like Nextel’s. Problem is that you could not assign that button to something more useful like Voice Command or some other action.

I have discovered a great little utility called, “PTT Button Fix†on a website www.8525software.com.


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Did Apple catch Microsoft asleep at the wheel?

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Remember the old story about Bill Gates ignoring the Internet when it was growing in popularity saying that it was not going to last? Microsoft was the king of computing so why worry about what the little companies are doing when you have an empire to run, right?

Although I despise the expression, “Wake up call†it does apply here. Not only has Apple’s iPhone created a force to be reckoned with, it’s poised to redefine what people expect from a personal communication device.


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