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UPDATE: Apple has confirmed that the new 8.1 will support Apple Pay and that it will be available on October 20, 2014.
The days of lugging around a cumbersome wallet might soon be coming to an end, according to leaked reports and speculation amongst the tech community. The recently debuted Apple Pay program promises iPhone 6 users the ability to pay for purchases with information stored on their phones via NFC technology starting this October.
October 13th, 2014 | Boost Mobile, iPhone | No Comments
Well, after a month of waiting, it’s finally here! The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available via Boost Mobile on October 17, 2014. I couldn’t actually find the official announcement on the Boost Mobile page, but Phonescoop reported that they made the announcement early Friday morning. And, as expected, the phones will retail for $100 less than their normal market price.
October 6th, 2014 | FAQ, iPhone | No Comments
Everyone knows that iPhones are pretty valuable phones with a high retail value months and even years after their release. I’m not sure whether it’s because the phones are really that good or simply because Apple fans are very dedicated. But either way, iPhone thefts are incredibly common and there’s nothing worse than buying an iPhone from somewhere online and discovering that it was flagged as stolen and cannot be used. Now, there is a way to check that before you buy.
October 2nd, 2014 | Boost Mobile, iPhone, Virgin Mobile | No Comments
As expected, Sprint’s prepaid brands Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile have announced price cuts on the older iPhone models. This reduced price is labeled as ‘limited time’ on Virgin Mobile’s website, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the prices to drop permanently soon following the recent release of the popular (and maybe slightly bendable) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year.
September 24th, 2014 | iPhone | No Comments
Update: Apple has responded and said that claims that the iPhone 6 Plus bend under normal pressure from users pockets are ‘extremely rare’ and that rigorous testing is done on every device prior to launch including a ‘sit test’ where they simulate sitting with a phone in the back pocket of tight jeans. Sounds awful specific, but whatever floats your boat. Basically, Apple says too bad, so sad.
Less than a week after the release of the long-awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, reports are streaming in from all over the internet that the iPhone 6 Plus is bending in users pockets, proving that thinner, lighter and bigger might not be a good combo.
September 20th, 2014 | Cell Accessories, iPhone | No Comments
After the record sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, some Apple fans might have to wait a bit longer for their phones. So, in the meantime, here are some useful, practical and fun accessories to consider while you anxiously await your new phone in the mail!
September 19th, 2014 | iPhone, U.S. Cellular | No Comments
U.S. Cellular has announced that they will be offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today for both on contract and no contract customers, but I expect it will sell out pretty quick, so be sure to pick it up soon! The phones can be purchased online or by calling U.S. Cellular’s customer service line at 1-888-944-9400. The iPhone 6 is available in three colors and sells for $649. The iPhone 6 Plus also comes in three colors and will retail for $749.
September 18th, 2014 | iPhone, Ting | No Comments
On the heels of the hype over the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Ting users can finally join in on the Apple craze. Sort of.
Ting has announced that they will support the iPhone 5s and 5c starting Sept. 29 and users can activate iPhone models after that date. There is even a countdown on their blog post to the exact time you can activate your iPhone 5s/5c.
September 17th, 2014 | iPhone | No Comments
It’s official: Apple will be restricting the use of NFC chips in the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch to the Apple Pay service. Among dashed dreams of finally getting NFC technology to unlock phones, change settings and share information, Apple fans can take solace in the fact that Apple once also limited the use of Touch ID when it was first launched. Now, with iOS 8, that capability has been opened to developers. It’s therefore safe to assume that the NFC chips will also be released for use eventually.
September 16th, 2014 | iPhone, MVNO, News | No Comments
The MVNO Truphone has announced that it will offer the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 26. While I am certain that all of the major MVNOs will carry the iPhone 6 eventually, Truphone’s announcement today is the first MVNO to confirm that they willl carry the new Apple product.
September 16th, 2014 | iPhone | No Comments
Apple has reported record sales of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with sales reaching four million within the first 24 hours of availability last Friday. Numbers for the weekend haven’t been released. In fact, so many people wanted the phone, some preorders aren’t expected until October as the number exceeded the pre-order supply. Apple’s site says that iPhone 6 preorders should ship in seven to ten business days while shipments of the iPhone 6 Plus won’t go out for three to four weeks.
September 9th, 2014 | iPhone | No Comments
Apple held their conference today to introduce the range of new products coming out in the next few months, and the internet is abuzz with all of the news. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the impending iOS 8 release, Apple Pay and, of course, the long-awaited Apple Watch were all showcased. Here’s a brief overview of today’s Apple news:
August 26th, 2014 | iPhone, News | No Comments
If you own an iPhone 5 (or know someone who does) purchased between September 2012 and January 2013, then you may need to contact Apple to get a new battery. Recently, Apple announced that a ‘small percentage’ of their iPhone 5 devices have a faulty battery which may suddenly stop holding charge for as long as it should.
March 27th, 2014 | iPhone | No Comments
Overview of Pay As You Go IPhone Plans
If you own an iPhone, then it is possible to use it as a pay-as-you-go phone via the AT&T Go Phone program. While you may not think that the AT&T Go Phone program supports an iPhone, it can be done without having to jailbreak your phone.
March 10th, 2014 | iPhone | No Comments
For years, the Apple iPhone remained only available on AT&T. After an extended contract, individuals were able to finally use the phone on other major networks including Verizon and Sprint.
November 25th, 2013 | iPhone | No Comments
Prepaid cell plans with iPhone 5 and 5s
The iPhone 5 is the latest in the most popular smart phone series in the world, but you may not be willing to sign your life away on a contract plan just to get it. If you would rather have a prepaid plan without having to sacrifice the features that you would enjoy with your new iPhone, there are a few providers that can help you out. They are listed as ranked by price, plan, and reliability.
1. Virgin Mobile leads the way for carriers offering an iPhone 5. You will have to pay $404.99 upfront to buy the phone, but once you do you can activate one of several of their No Contract plans. Of all the carriers offering iPhone 5 they make it the easiest for the customer and offer the best value and reliability.
2. AT&T has made a splash in the market with its cheap and easy Go Phones, but recently expanded its prepaid plans to the iPhone 5 as well. They really try to sell you on a contract plan, offering a iPhone 5 for only 22 dollars down, but if you stick to your guns their monthly prepaid smart phone plan is only $65.00. Purchasing the phone, however, will be $549.99
3. Verizon Wireless, like AT&T, will work hard to get you to accept a contract for a reduced price on your iPhone 5. They will give it to you for only $199 if you sign a 2 year contract, but staying month to month will mean purchasing the iPhone 5 for $649.99. Although providing more reliable service in more places than AT&T, the prices of their equipment and their monthly plans downgrades them significantly.
4. Boost Mobile is also entering the iPhone 5 race, and they are doing so competitively. You can get an iPhone 5 for $449.99 and qualify for a $55 monthly unlimited plan. The knock on them is a shortfall in reliability and availability that makes them a most questionable choice than the other big 3 providers.
Whichever plan you chose, you are sure to enjoy the cutting edge technology and features of the iPhone 5 at a price that you can afford.
July 19th, 2011 | iPhone | 2 Comments
Finally, it appears that we’ll get a true AT&T GoPhone version of the iPhone. Last month we heard that Apple was considering a lower-priced iPhone that would fit with AT&T’s prepaid lineup, and now we’ve heard even stronger word. Boy Genius Report reports that when Apple announces the next version of the iPhone, it will also announce a mid-tier model for prepaid. In fact, that mid-tier model might be the iPhone 3GS. It would cost “no more than $350″ and would obviously not require a contract. The only drawback is that GoPhone offers terribly restrictive data plan tiers: $5 for 10MB, $15 for 100MB, and $25 for 500MB. Maybe they’ll announce better data plans along with the iPhone. In any case, it should be here in time for the fall. Will you get one, or willy you stick with cheaper prepaid options?
June 27th, 2011 | iPhone | 1 Comment
When Apple and AT&T released the iPhone in 2007, they offered it without a carrier subsidy. That is, you had to pay the full retail price for the phone, which is something that we don’t normally see. Usually carriers offer a heavily discounted handset and get you to sign a two-year agreement in exchange. Without a subsidy, though, it appeared there was no incentive to sign a contract. At that point AT&T had a very popular $20 unlimited prepaid data plan, and there was a way to exploit the iTunes activation process. Things changed in time, though, and eventually AT&T decided to nix the iPhone on prepaid completely (though there were still ways around it). According to recent reports, compiled by Phil Goldstein at FierceWireless, Apple might have a prepaid iPhone plan of its own.
March 19th, 2009 | iPhone | 1 Comment
We’ll lead off with the good news: AT&T will begin No-Commit pricing on the iPhone starting March 26. Yes, that means you can activate it on an AT&T GoPhone account. So finally you can get an iPhone 3G without signing a new contract. Of course, that’s about the only bit of good news that comes along with this plan. From here it’s all downhill. First up is the pricing: $599 for the 8GB and $699 for the 16GB. After the jump, more downsides, and a (supposedly) good reason not to take advantage of this offer.
December 23rd, 2008 | iPhone | No Comments
Back when we launched the Prepaid Reviews blog in June of 2007, the iPhone was a massively popular topic. Apple was set to release the device at month’s end, and much hype surrounded the product. There were a number of rumors about using the iPhone on prepaid, but there was nothing definitive. The device was never officially offered on prepaid, though many figured out workarounds. Rumors surfaced again this year that AT&T would offer an iPhone with prepaid plans. MacBlogz has some information about this, though it’s not looking particularly pretty.
December 17th, 2008 | iPhone | No Comments
When I first read this headline of this InformationWeek article, I immediately thought, “oh, prepaid!” After reading the few paragraphs, though, I found that this is not the case. In fact, I don’t like this idea on two levels. Yes, it’s nice that AT&T will sell refurbished iPhones. It’s a great way for customers to save money, and in times like these that’s always a plus. However, it still has that nasty two-year contract attached, making a refurbished iPhone 3G, at a $50 discount, much less palatable.
December 5th, 2008 | iPhone | 2 Comments
Ever since the inception of the iPhone last year, we have been following the trends in using it on a prepaid basis. While AT&T GoPhone prepaid service leaves a bit to be desired, it still beats signing a two year contract. The first time around, it seemed fairly straightforward to activate an iPhone on prepaid. Since you were paying full price for the device, all you had to do was get a little creative. As in, enter in a fake social security number so your credit is rejected. This time around, though, with the subsidy, things haven’t been so easy. So can you get the iPhone 3G on prepaid?
October 29th, 2008 | iPhone, Prepaid Phones | 12 Comments
We’re back today with our second handset review. A few weeks ago, we reviewed the Samsung Slash. Sticking with Virgin Mobile, today we’ll take a look at the Arc by UTStarcom. The phone launched in July, and has since come out in various colors. One poster on Howard Forums noted that a gold version is available at Target. I got the red one.
September 15th, 2008 | iPhone | 8 Comments
When the iPhone 3G was first released, we went over a way to use it on prepaid. This was all just theoretical, though. As far as I understood, no one had really tried it yet — or at least hadn’t tried it and then written about it on the Internet. Thankfully, someone has finally publicized their experience. This comes from Erica at The Unofficial Apple Weblog. She popped a Go Phone SIM card into an iPhone 3G, and voila! No unsightly mess. No big clean-up. In her words:
August 6th, 2008 | iPhone | 2 Comments
We’ve talked a bit about manipulating the system to get a prepaid iPhone 3G, and there seems to be at least a fledgling demand for such a device and service. A recent rumor might satisfy some of you, then. This comes from an anonymous “industry source,” so take it with a grain of kosher salt. This comes from All Headline News, citing the London Daily Mail. They not only repeat the old rumor that Apple could be producing an iPhone Nano in time for the holidays, but it could be targeted to prepaid users.
July 11th, 2008 | iPhone | 11 Comments
I’m wondering if this would work. PhoneNews.com last week posted a guide on how to get the iPhone 3G for $199, without a contract (emphasis on that last part). There’s some strange math there, including buying a phone on the cheap, and then selling it on eBay for a profit. However, if you’re willing to drop an extra $170, for the early termination fee, you can have the iPhone 3G for $369. At least we think that’s how it works.
July 11th, 2008 | iPhone | No Comments
I’d like to think that if something happens in the prepaid wireless world, we’re pretty quick to it on Prepaid Reviews. After all, that’s the sole point of our existence: to keep you informed on what’s going on with your service. Thing is, many companies like to plan their announcements with regard to what other, bigger companies are doing. And what’s going on today? Even if you’re not a cell junkie, and hell, even if you don’t own a cell phone at all, you certainly know that the iPhone 3G debuts…well, debuted not so long ago. Yes, competitors like BlackBerry aren’t staying as quiet. But for the most part, silence is the word in the industry today.
December 31st, 2007 | iPhone | 1 Comment
Apple is at it again, releasing firmware update 1.1.3. And guess what? It’s breaking some unlocks. For example, the highly-touted AnySim won’t unlock the current update, meaning anyone who has used this is stuck. Yeah, they can activate using iTunes and an AT&T account, but they wouldn’t have unlocked it in the first place if that was what they wanted. Oh, and your third party apps are bye-bye for the moment, and according to Gizmodo, have “no possibility of return for now.”
December 28th, 2007 | iPhone | 1 Comment
Something we did not know: There is a vast hacker community in Australia. They’ve apparently worked wonders with the Internet, Unix, and TiVo, making them more accessible to the masses. So it only makes sense that they’d make the iPhone one of their projects. Never mind that it’s not available in the country — Apple won’t even ship it there via Internet orders. That hasn’t stopped them. And so Australia is seeing a growing number of iPhones running on their prepaid networks.
December 11th, 2007 | iPhone | No Comments
Early in the iPhone’s life, Apple made the decision to limit purchase to two per-person, and excluded all forms of non-trackable payment (i.e., cash). At the time, it was thought that this was to deter mass-unlockers, but Apple maintained that it was to ensure that sufficient stock would be available for the holidays. Now that they’re pretty sure they’ll be fine, the limit jumps by 150 percent. There’s no confirmation of correlation, since Apple representatives didn’t give specific reasons for the increase. But in any case, it’s not bad news.
December 5th, 2007 | iPhone, T-Mobile | No Comments
It was a good effort on the part of Vodafone, but in the end, T-Mobile is allowed to conduct business as usual with the iPhone. The German court ruled that T-Mobile can attach a contract to the phone, as well as lock the SIM to their network. This likely does away with T-Mobile’s sales of unlocked iPhones, which cost more than double their locked brethren — 399 euros vs. 999 euros.
December 4th, 2007 | AT&T, iPhone | No Comments
Uh oh. You mean someone already invented that? It seems someone already invented everything, including visual voicemail, a major feature of the iPhone — and one that doesn’t work if you unlock it and use it on, say, T-Mobile. Inventor Judah Klausner, though his patent-holding company Klausner Technologies Inc., is claiming patent on the innovation, and is now seeking damages from AT&T and Apple. The estimate: $360 million.
November 29th, 2007 | AT&T, iPhone | 2 Comments
We figured this would happen, but now AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has made it official: The company, along with Apple, will release a new, faster iPhone next year. This one will function on AT&T’s 3G network, which seems to be growing by the day. This is good news for those who decided to play the waiting game with the iPhone rather than rush out and get one of the first generation models. We wonder, though, how first generation buys will react, though, seeing an upgrade offered a year after the original device was released.
November 28th, 2007 | iPhone | No Comments
Something tells us this isn’t going to fly. But for now, German MVNO Debitel is offering a 600 euro rebate to anyone who buys an iPhone from T-Mobile in Germany, but activates it on the Debitel network. Debitel purchases wholesale airtime from T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2, and E-Plus, and resells it as a retailer. This would presumably skyrocket their numbers, since customers would be getting an iPhone for the normal, locked price, but will have the freedom to use it on a different, cheaper network.
November 27th, 2007 | iPhone | No Comments
So you know how T-Mobile is now selling unlocked iPhones for 999 euros — roughly $1,500? Yeah, well they’re not exactly sitting down and soldering the devices themselves. They’re offering an unlock via iTunes. Apparently, once the customer buys the phone, T-Mobile sends the IMEI to Apple, which within 24 hours will set the phone to unlock when connected to iTunes. Anyone else think that hackers will exploit this to the fullest extent?
November 21st, 2007 | iPhone, T-Mobile | No Comments
Today’s development in the T-Mobile/Vodafone/iPhone in Germany case thickens the plot. Apparently, the reason for Vodafone filing suit because they feel that customers should not have to sign two-year contracts in order to purchase the iPhone. Once again, file this under things that would never happen in America. This seems a bit too altruistic. We’re thinking that Vodafone has ulterior motives. Do you?
November 20th, 2007 | iPhone, T-Mobile | 1 Comment
Pretty big news to start the day if you’re a fan of European telecommunications, or at least of Apple. European carrier Vodafone, partners with Verizon on Verizon Wireless, have obtained a restraining order against Deutche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile. This bars T-Mobile from selling the iPhone in Germany. This is after, as we learned last week, T-Mobile sold 10,000 iPhones on the first day.
November 12th, 2007 | iPhone | 1 Comment
Just one day into the iPhone’s life in Europe, T-Mobile, the exclusive iPhone supplier in Germany, has announced that they have unloaded 10,000 of the devices. And while they maintain a high supply, the company acknowledges that there is a possibility that they can’t keep up with the impending Christmas demand. Carphone Warehouse was expected to sell a similar number of devices last Friday, the first day of sale in the U.K.
October 29th, 2007 | iPhone | No Comments
Looking to act like a high roller, dropping four hundos (plus a few other bills to cover tax) on an iPhone? You’ll have no such luck. Apple enacted a policy on Thursday — though there are reports that it was enforced prior to that — prohibiting a cash-for-iPhone exchange. The policy also limited iPhone purchases to two per person, down from five previously. And now that there is a credit-only policy, they can enforce the per-person limit. The reason they’re giving: limiting unauthorized resellers. As you know if you’re a regular reader of this site, that’s nothing new.
October 25th, 2007 | AT&T, iPhone | 1 Comment
Whoa! This is the first iPhone post all week! Imagine that. We almost went five whole days without mentioning something iPhone related. Oh, it’ll happen some day, we promise. Anyway, the news today is that roughly 250,000 out of the 1.4 million iPhones sold aren’t connected to the AT&T network. Yeah, we knew that there would be some degree of defection from the “exclusive” AT&T deal, but one in six is rather significant. The news comes right from Apple COO Tim Cook. We’re not sure if this means the figure is totally accurate, or if they’re spinning it for some reason or other.
October 19th, 2007 | Canadian Wireless, Consumer Issues, iPhone | 8 Comments
Oh my, we’ve written our fair share about the iPhone. More than our share, even. That’s because it’s more than a phone. It’s a cultural phenomenon. And now that phenomenon is spreading overseas, with the iPhone becoming available in many European countries. Notably absent from that list (though clearly not European) is our neighbor to the north. No, Canada won’t be getting the iPhone any time soon, and no, this is not a vast conspiracy by Apple. It might be, though, the result of collusion between Bell and Rogers, Canada’s foremost telecommunications companies. How can two companies keep such a hyped device out of the country? Simple. By blocking the lifeline on which it feeds: the Internet.
October 18th, 2007 | iPhone, Sprint | 2 Comments
Here’s the thinking of wireless carriers right now: Apple didn’t just create a product everyone wants when they produced the iPhone. They created a type of product that everyone wants. And they’re basing this thinking on the relevant past. Once Apple created the iPod, for example, everyone wanted one. Thing is, the damned iPod was expensive. So other companies, thinking that people just wanted an MP3 player, created similar devices that sold at a cheaper price. And they found moderate success. So this is where Sprint’s new offering comes from.
October 16th, 2007 | iPhone | 1 Comment
When one company gains customers, it’s usually at the cost of others, right? True, there are always new entrants, but when you’re seeing a significant number of new customers — as AT&T did with the iPhone — they’re bound to be coming from other service providers. After all, the iPhone isn’t exactly what most people get as their first cell phone. A recent survey shows that the rich continued to get richer, as T-Mobile and Alltel saw the greatest customer loss to the iPhone. Smart phone maker Palm, predictably, also saw losses in the face of iPhone competition.
October 12th, 2007 | iPhone | No Comments
So it looks like Apple might be succumbing to pressure bought on by the media and consumers, allowing third party application development for the iPhone. It’s just a rumor at this point, but it would make sense. They’re coming under a lot of fire for crippling unlocked phones, so one way to appease that crowd is to allow them their user-developed applications. Of course, there’s a catch — there’s always a catch.
October 9th, 2007 | iPhone | No Comments
First we hear that a class action suit is being filed over Apple bricking hacked iPhones. Now we’re hearing that those lovable hackers are back at it, and have found a way to restore bricked iPhones. So now you can go back to running your third-party applications and — maybe — using it on T-Mobile’s network (or overseas). We’re sure this will have little effect on the lawsuit; people still had to spend valuable time to restore the phones that they spent good money on. However, it is a victory for hacked iPhone users everywhere, as they can go back to using their phones as normal. Too bad it doesn’t come without a catch.
October 8th, 2007 | Consumer Issues, iPhone | 1 Comment
What do you do when a company infringes on your rights? You sue them, of course! So when Apple went and basically disabled unlocked iPhones with a security update, it was inevitable that a suit would be brought against them. After all, people are fully within their legal rights to unlock the phone, and Apple shouldn’t be able to deter people from their rights. The suit was filed out in California, which has the best consumer laws in the nation.
October 2nd, 2007 | AT&T, iPhone | No Comments
You know the company line by now: Third party applications will not be allowed on iPhones at this time, because of security fears. To the unread mind, this might seem like an acceptable excuse. As Steve Jobs himself said back in January: “You don’t want your phone to be an open platform. You need it to work when you need it to work. Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.” Some people still fought and griped, while others contentedly took Jobs’s statement to heart and didn’t think much about how limited their iPhones really are. A post we read in the New York Times Bits blog, however, allowed us to form a better understanding of what’s going on here. The gist: Third party apps exist elsewhere in the mobile world — even AT&T’s mobile world.
October 1st, 2007 | Consumer Issues, iPhone | 2 Comments
Don’t say they didn’t warn you. A week ago, Apple released a statement saying that the newest iPhone security update, to be released this past Thursday, might make hacked iPhones completely inoperable. A $600 (or $400, whatever) paperweight, in other words. In one sense, this makes sense: Apple has a relationship with AT&T to protect, and nothing upsets cell carriers more than unlocked phones. In another sense, it was, well, nonsensical. Unlockers were and are fully within their rights to do so, so why would Apple punish them for a perfectly legal act?
September 25th, 2007 | iPhone | 1 Comment
So you’re walking through your local mall, and you stumble upon a sign that looks something like the image to your right. “We unlock iPhones!” it proclaims — and then you notice that it’s a T-Mobile booth. Well, it’s a T-Mobile authorized reseller, but it’s just as bit as good a T-Mobile owned store. You look down the hallway, and you see an Apple Store. Lightbulb! For $400, you can have an iPhone and not have to deal with the crappiness that is AT&T. But how are they getting away with this?
September 20th, 2007 | AT&T, iPhone, Verizon Wireless | No Comments
“We have the better network.”
“But we have the better phone.”
If you want the gist of AT&T and Verizon’s little battle since the release of the iPhone, there you have it. The companies have continued to release information — sometimes contradictory to each other — that states their service is doing just fine, iPhone or no iPhone. It’s a silly ordeal, really, almost like a bunch of 5th graders competing over who has the better tree house (we totally had the best one when we were in 5th grade). Yesterday, Vodaphone, co-owners of the Verizon network, and AT&T released separate statements regarding the price cut of the iPhone.