iphone 4s

Pre-paid iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 coming June 22

“Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan,” said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer, Leap Wireless International, Inc. “Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan.”

iPhone accounts for 80% of AT&T smartphone activations

AppleInsider:

The iPhone was dominant at AT&T, accounting for 80.8 percent of the 9.4 million smartphones sold through the carrier.In the previous quarter, the iPhone represented 56 percent of AT&T’s smartphone activations with 2.7 million units. The wireless carrier revealed that a majority of the 7.6 million iPhones it activated in the quarter were the iPhone 4S.

That’s impressive.

Apple didn’t invent ______, but Apple made it better

Every time you mention the fact that another loser competitor copied Apple, you always get the argument that “Apple didn’t invent that.” That may be true, but let’s look at some of the things that Apple didn’t invent, but made better. […]

Verizon doubles iPhone sales

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile carrier, sold 4.2 million Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhones in the fourth quarter, more than doubling from the third quarter, said Fran Shammo, finance chief of the company’s parent.

Seems like it’s going to be a big quarter for Apple.

[Via Matt Richman]

iPhone 4S arrives in China, 21 other countries on Jan. 13

Beginning Friday, January 13, iPhone 4S will be available in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, China, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.

iPhone 4S dominates sales in the UK

The release of iPhone 4S was enough to propel Apple into the smartphone sales lead in the UK for October. According to data from market research company Kantar, Apple’s iPhone sales accounted for 42.8 percent of sales during October. Apple’s … Continued

∞ Steve Jobs wanted to replace carriers with an Apple network

Nancy Gohring:

Stanton, chairman of venture capital firm Trilogy Partners, said he spent a fair amount of time with Jobs between 2005 and 2007. “He wanted to replace carriers,” Stanton said of Jobs, the Apple founder and CEO who died Oct. 5 after a battle with cancer. “He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using Wi-Fi spectrum. That was part of his vision.”

∞ Fights at the Hong Kong Apple Store

Giz China:

Last night fights, a riot and a police evacuation were the results of a clash between a group of professional South Asian ‘queuers’, whose job it is buy large quantities of new products at launch, and Hong Kong citizens.

The iPhone 4S officially goes on sale tomorrow in Hong Kong.

[Thanks Shawn King]

∞ Consumer Reports seems suspicious

Marco Arment: I’m looking at their full test results (I’ve been a CR website subscriber for six years), and I’m really not confident in the metrics and priorities that they seem to be using. Even some of the measurements seem … Continued

∞ Apple confirms battery life issues in iOS 5

Since its release, some users have been complaining about battery life issues with iOS 5. Apple on Wednesday confirmed that it has found some issues. “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 … Continued

∞ Macworld's free iPhone 4S Starter Guide

Whether you stood in early-morning lines, pre-ordered far in advance, or are still waiting for that package to arrive at your doorstep, let the editors at Macworld help you get to know Apple’s new smartphone with our free iPhone 4S … Continued

∞ Record high BlackBerry trade-ins after outage and iPhone 4S launch

Josh Lowensohn for CNET:

The metric follows an extended outage of Research In Motion’s e-mail and BlackBerry messaging services, which left users unable to communicate with one another or send and receive e-mails globally. To placate angry users, RIM offered users $100 in free “premium” applications. The spike also coincided with the release of Apple’s new iPhone 4S.

And the bad news just keeps coming for RIM.

∞ MobileMount for iPhone 4S

The MobileMount is a universal mount/kickstand for virtually any hand held device with a flat surface, like smartphones and tablets. Comprised of two twist-to-lock suction cups and one ball joint, this device’s unique design allows for superior suction and durability. The “Patent Pending” Twist-to-Lock suction cups can hold devices for weeks at a time rather than simply a few hours like other competing mounts. Additionally, the universal design allows for users to mount their phone without removing the case.

This is the best looking idea for a mount I’ve seen. Support the project if you can.

∞ Apple says iPhone rumors impacted financials

Matthew Panzarino: In the months leading up to the release of the iPhone 4S, rumors of a redesigned, teardrop-shaped iPhone were hot and heavy. This led some to be ‘disappointed’ when the iPhone 4S was introduced. Although the 4S features … Continued

∞ iPhone 4S sales top four million

Apple today announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile … Continued

∞ Okay, you were wrong

Phil Hornshaw: Like just about everyone else in the tech world, I didn’t expect the iPhone 4S to be nearly as popular as it is… No, only people that believed the rumors thought it would be a disappointment. Like me, … Continued

∞ Record iPhone activations

BGR.com: “AT&T had already activated a record number of iPhones on our network — and is on-track to double our previous record for activations on a single day.” Looks like the naysayers were right, the iPhone 4S is clearly a … Continued

∞ 'S' is for signal

Neil Hughes for AppleInsider: The new iPhone 4S features a redesigned antenna design that allows for better reception and faster wireless data speeds. A good look at the antenna issues over the past year. I love the new dual antenna … Continued