Here's bit of upbeat economic news to brighten a gloomy Monday.
On Aug. 1, a London-based investor who calls himself "Tommo_UK" posted a message on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board asking anyone who had bought an iPhone 3G to provide three pieces of data: the serial number (with a few digits X'd out), the date of purchase, and the first 13 digits of the so-called IMEI number.
The International Mobile Equipment MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 6, 2008 8:42 AM ET
Steve Jobs waited until the end of his keynote address on Tuesday to announce the news that iPhone owners had been waiting for: a software update with fixes for the device's many bugs.
"It's a big update," he promised as he ticked off the benefits of iPhone 2.1: fewer dropped calls, improved battery life, dramatically faster back-ups, new performance enhancements and - he added three times for good measure - "it MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 12, 2008 6:31 PM ET
According to AT&T, the outage that took down a major data network across much of the northeastern United States overnight Wednesday was brand agnostic -- any wireless device using its EDGE network was affected.
But by all accounts, it was mostly iPhone users who complained -- vociferously -- in e-mail messages, in Twitter postings, on Apple and AT&T forums.
At DSLReports.com, where many of the early complaints were posted, there were message MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 3, 2008 2:47 PM ET
On Saturday, Aug. 30, the daughters of "BillH" bought an iPhone at an AT&T store in Sunnyvale, Calif. The next day, their father, an Apple investor from Minneapolis, reported on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board (AFB) that the so-called IMEI number on the phone was 01 171400 6049xx x (the last three digits X'd out for safety sake).
That number may not mean anything to you or me, but to a group MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 1, 2008 2:54 PM ET
The iPhone's growing presence on the Web, having leveled off before the introduction of the iPhone 3G, surged in the month and a half since, according to preliminary data released Sunday by Net Applications, an Aliso Viejo, CA-based Web service company.
The percentage of Web hits coming from iPhones passed 0.2% in June and then dipped in the weeks that followed. But it peaked on August 23rd at a record high MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 31, 2008 2:18 PM ET
If you're getting bad reception on your iPhone 3G, blame your carrier, not your iPhone.
That's the conclusion Wired.com's Gadget Lab draws from a survey of 4,200 iPhone 3G owners. The results, posted Monday morning, show marked regional differences that Wired.com believes are primarily due to the maturity -- or lack thereof -- of the local 3G network, and not some underlying problem in Apple's (AAPL) hardware.
The study, which invited users MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 25, 2008 9:28 AM ET
Queues -- some real, some made for hire -- formed outside cellphone stores in 21 countries Friday as Apple executed the second major overseas roll-out of the iPhone 3G.
The scale of Friday's operation, which reached from India and Singapore to Colombia and Argentina, was almost lost in the news that some of the eager "customers" lining up in Warsaw were actors paid by the mobile carrier Orange to hide the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 22, 2008 11:45 AM ET
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has upped his estimate of the number of iPhones he expects Apple to sell in its 4th quarter, from 4.1 million to 4.47 million, according to a report to clients issued early Wednesday.
In the same period last year, Apple (AAPL) sold 1.12 million first-generation iPhones.
Munster's new estimate is based 1) on Apple's report that it sold 1 million iPhone 3Gs in the three days following MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 13, 2008 10:00 AM ET
In a move that will significantly expand its retail presence in time for the holiday season, Apple has agreed to let retailing giant Best Buy sell the new iPhone 3G through its nationwide chain of Best Buy Mobile outlets starting early next month.
Best Buy markets cell phones in the United States through 970 full-size stores and 16 stand-alone Best Buy Mobile shops. All U.S. Best Buy stores will carry the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 13, 2008 2:06 AM ET
It's been a month since the iPhone 3G and the App Store made their debut, and Steve Jobs used the occasion to offer up some selected facts and figures:
Users have now downloaded more than 60 million programs for the iPhone and iPod touch, or roughly 2 million per day.
Revenue from those applications came to about $30 million. 70% went to the developers; Apple kept 30%. (Free apps apparently accounted for MORE
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