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Getting an iPhone 4? - Watch out for franchised Telstra T-Life stores

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Aug 3, 2010 6:14 AM CDT

More dirty deeds from the inevitable; Telstra is reported to have been rorting its iPhone 4 customers at its T-Life stores by charging them prices that are significantly higher than what is advertised on their website.

It has been said that in some instances there are stores asking customers to sign contracts that agree to more than $1,000 of additional charges versus what is advertised here. Also, while it is well known that Telstra charges its post paid customers an up front cost for its 16 or 32GB iPhones, depending on the size of the monthly cap, some T-Life stores are also tacking on further monthly handset fees that adds up to hundreds of dollars across the full term of the contract.

Getting an iPhone 4? - Watch out for franchised Telstra T-Life stores | TweakTown.com

A member of the Whirlpool forums has said that he approached the T-Life store manager about these discrepencies and was given a charming reply. Apparently the manager said that because he is the owner of the franchise he can charge whatever the hell he wants. He doesn't have to issue subsidised phones nor does he have to follow the iPhone 4 plans that Telstra have on their website.

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iPhone 4 grip of death haunts aussies, too

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Aug 3, 2010 5:26 AM CDT

So, the iPhone 4s are now in many aussies hands country wide; thoughts? - Are you holding off for a bit (or forced to due to sell-outs of initial batches) and wondering if it really is the right way to go over some other phones you've been eying off recently? - Stuart Kennedy of The Australian IT column gives his thoughts and also brings up that wretched antennagate issue plaguing folks in the states.

iPhone 4 grip of death haunts aussies, too | TweakTown.com

Does the 'gripe of death' haunt us Aussies, too? - Apparently so.

The fault works like this: grab an iPhone 4 with your hand wrapped around the gadget so that it covers the antennas at the base of the case and the presence of your paw throttles the life out of the network connection.

Having read reams about the complaint coming out of the US when the phone launched there late last month, I was curious to see whether the problem would surface on our own 3G networks.

It does.

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Android 2.2 hitting Desires in Europe this weekend

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Jul 30, 2010 11:16 PM CDT

The past couple days have been sprinkled with rumors of Android 2.2 finally being ready for release over several handsets, and now it has been made official. Engadget got word directly from HTC that Froyo, the newest Android OS, will be available this weekend for owners of the HTC Desire in Europe.

Android 2.2 hitting Desires in Europe this weekend | TweakTown.com

This rollout is for unlocked versions of the phone; those that are locked into a carrier may have to play a little bit more of the waiting game to get their hands on Froyo. This update is expected "in several weeks' time" as testing is finished up. Along with the OS, the update for the Desire is also unlocking 720p recording mode, the HTC App Share widget, iTunes sync, and the Smart Caller ID feature.

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Victoria Government handing out 500 iPads to select Hospitals for trial

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Jul 30, 2010 3:52 AM CDT

Victoria's state government sees logic in giving a number of hospitals in the state a bunch of Apple iPads; no less than 500 to be handed out. The trial is set to commence from January of next year; details of which hospitals would be getting some of the iPads weren't disclosed at this time.

Daniel Andrews whom is Victoria's Health Minister said the roll-out is costing about $500,000 in total; the iPads are going to be handed over to graduate doctors, nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses for use while treating patients.

Victoria Government handing out 500 iPads to select Hospitals for trial | TweakTown.com

"The iPads will allow doctors and nurses to access any web-enabled application run by their hospital as they move around the hospital, as well as allowing them to tap into health information resources. The iPads will connect via the Wi-Fi networks that allow secure, safe wireless connectivity within the hospital while not affecting other important and sensitive electronic patient care equipment."

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Jailbreak Matrix has your roadmap to jailbreaking

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Jul 29, 2010 11:33 PM CDT

Want to take a dive into the newly legalized jailbreaking of your Apple product but confused on where to start? Jailbreak Matrix has a roadmap to get you on your way to the joys of jailbreaking.

Jailbreak Matrix has your roadmap to jailbreaking | TweakTown.com

Jailbreak Matrix has posted a huge chart covering the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad and all of the possible firmware for each. Combining that with possible baseband and boot loaders, you end up with the tools needed and version of iTunes you can use for a jailbreak with a higher possibility of success. They even hook you up with a step by step process to make the process as easily as possible. Just remember, nothing is guaranteed and you're voiding your warranty……if you care about that sort of thing.

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The rundown on locked iPhones for post paid owners

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Jul 29, 2010 6:08 AM CDT

So, what's the deal this time around if you're an overseas traveller with an iPhone 4 on the mind? APC have managed to round up all the details from the major telcos on what's involved with unlocking your post paid iPhone 4s so that you can enjoy much cheaper rates on a local sim in that country.

The rundown on locked iPhones for post paid owners | TweakTown.com

Of course, if you pay outright straight from an Apple store, no dramas. These iPhone 4s are unlocked out of the box. However, down under we're become accustomed to being locked onto a particular network when signing onto contracts by those providers. But in approaching Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and 3 to find out how difficult they choose to be in helping you out if you wish to unlock, APC learned it's not such a problem these days.

Telstra are the worst of the bunch; their units are all locked onto Next G. They will unlock for you, providing you hand over a flat $150 first.

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Virgin Mobile lets loose iPhone 4 plans

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Jul 29, 2010 5:18 AM CDT

With all the major players having already unveiled full details on their upcoming iPhone 4 plans this week including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and 3, now Virgin Mobile comes forward with what they have to offer the masses come launch only hours away from now.

You can nab an iPhone 4 from Virgin Mobile on one of its Easy Cap plans which are more about voice and text value, or on a Smart Cap plan that's more oriented towards heavier data users.

The entry level Easy Cap plan associated with the new handset release will set you back just $29 per month and gives 100MB of data + $190 worth of voice and text. If you want the 16GB iPhone 4 on this plan you'll pay an additional $15 per month, whilst the 32GB model will be an extra $35 per month. These plans involve signing a 24 month contract.

Virgin Mobile lets loose iPhone 4 plans | TweakTown.com

The top notch Easy Cap plan is $49 a month and gives you 500MB of data + $450 per month worth of voice/text. The additional costs on top for the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s with this plan is $5 and $20, respectively.

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Developer threatens to "Flood the Android Market" with spam apps

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Jul 28, 2010 10:06 PM CDT
Developer threatens to

Recently a report was released that around 6,000 spam apps had magically disappeared from the Android Market and it wasn't exactly clear whether Google or the developers had been the ones to remove them. One of the developers of So Wallpaper, a developer whose whole slate of 1,500 apps had been removed in the sweep, got a hold of AndroidGuys to offer his take on the situation.

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S-LCD vs AMOLED vs S-AMOLED vs LCD video review

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Jul 27, 2010 8:53 PM CDT

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed yesterday when the news came out that the HTC Desire and a few other phones would be switching from the AMOLED screen to the Super LCD screens due to supply concerns. Then again, my carrier is in one of the U.S. "regional markets" looking to get the Desire sometime in the next couple months, so I've been biting my nails waiting to upgrade to this phone. The question is, what's the real world difference in the screens? Howard of HowardForums took a look:

While there is a bit of a noticeable difference at some angles with the S-AMOLED screen and AMOLED screen over the Super LCD, the difference looks to be pretty minimal. I'm not completely sold that most of us would be able to tell the difference unless they are right next to each other as they are in the video. If the battery life is improved with the Super LCD as HTC has claimed, it may just be a worthwhile tradeoff. Is it Autumn yet?

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iPhone jailbreaking may be legal, but will still void your warranty

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Jul 27, 2010 7:16 PM CDT

The news yesterday from the Library of Congress stating that jailbreaking your iPhone was legal was expected to make the bigwigs at Apple a little unhappy. A spokeswoman from Apple kept their official statement pretty short and sweet, essentially stating that although it may be legal, jailbreaking your iPhone will still void your warranty.

iPhone jailbreaking may be legal, but will still void your warranty | TweakTown.com

In an interview with Cult of Mac, Apple's spokeswoman stated, "Apple's goal has always been to insure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we've said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably."

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