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According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T has a new idea: Force app developers to cover the bill.
As smartphones become more and more popular, data usage and the expenses that can go with it are increasingly becoming hot-button topics for wireless customers and carriers alike. Too often we hear stories about smartphone users being charged extra, or having their connection speeds slashed, for heavy data usage.
According to the publishing house, AT&T is said to be tinkering with a service that would put a new tab on app developers. That is, the devs would pay the wireless carrier for some of the data used by app consumers for things like streaming movies and smartphone applications.
John Donovan, AT&T’s head of network and technology, says that the country’s second-largest wireless provider is considering a “toll-free calling” plan for mobile apps. The system would work in a similar way to 1-800 numbers in that the company providing the service (in this case, the app maker), would cover the connection costs.
“A feature that we’re hoping to have out sometime next year is the equivalent of 800 numbers that would say, if you take this app, this app will come without any network usage.” – said Donovan.
Carriers have been considering different pricing models for years as they look for ways to make more money from skyrocketing mobile-data use. But AT&T’s approach would be novel, an attempt to push some of the cost of data traffic back onto the Internet companies and other service providers that profit from it.
Donovan sees such as service as a way to create new revenue streams that presently don’t exist and then find a way to split them. As the would-be service and its associated benefits were described, “a customer nearing his data limit for the month could be more likely to download a movie if the content provider covered the price of the data transmission.”
if AT&T’s new plan goes into place, developers would be able to offer certain apps where the data usage comes at no cost to the user. Obviously, this will have significant repercussions for the developer community, as big companies that can afford to cover customer data costs gain an edge over independent developers. It could also result in apps costing more up front, with the promise of no data fees.
Unfortunately, few details about the plan have yet been released, so we don’t know if this toll-free app scheme will be put in place; or, if so, when. Despite that, it seems to us likely that AT&T will move forward, as it would give the company the ability to get paid for data while not having to raise subscribers’ bills.
If you don’t already have an iPhone 4S, your wait will still apparently be long according to The Wall Street Journal. Anxious Verizon Wireless customers are reporting more than three weeks for their purchase to arrive. AT&T customers are waiting an average of 21 days as well, and Sprint customers have roughly a two week time period. This new report continues to prove previous claims of Apple experiencing a demand which was slower than expected for their iPhone 4S wrong. Apple stock previously went down due to these claims despite the initial success of the device.
According to the WSJ, the initial sales of the iPhone 4S were quite opposite of the rumors, calling them “unexpectedly strong” in the first month. According to AT&T president of emerging devices, Glenn Lurie, “We are having some supply issues in the sense that demand’s huge. We have had just record-breaking sales on it.” Verizon seemed to make comments similar to this, where a spokeswoman mentioned that the demand “continues to build” for the iPhone 4S. The Big Red also mentioned that it is working with Apple to increase inventory.
Apple’s own retail stores are experiencing a similar story as they are seeing daily stock-outs of their iPhone 4S. Furthermore, the Cupertino giant is in the midst of the fastest worldwide roll-out ever, with a very strong international demand as well. Apple continues to stay on its record setting pace with the iPhone 4S after selling more than 4 million iPhones in its first weekend. That specific weekend alone doubled the company’s previous record of 1.7 million iPhone 4 units in the summer of 2010.
Tim Cook previously mentioned in the company’s quarterly earnings conference call in October how he was confident that a new record for the iPhone 4S will be set in the current holiday quarter. Currently the previous record came in the company’s June quarter of this year, when Apple moved a total of 20.34 million iPhones.
With the holiday season around the corner, will you be getting an iPhone 4S for yourself or someone you know? Do you already have an iPhone 4S? Share any thoughts and comments below!
Source: Wall Street Journal
A developer by the name of Caleb Daniels seems to have discovered a method that will unlock the AT&T version of the iPhone 4S without any software or hardware tweaking. As of right now, the method is reported to work only with the AT&T version with a CDMA iPhone 4S method in the works (according to Daniels). The unlock will assist you in using your iPhone 4S on T-Mobile’s network as long as you have a T-Mobile SIM card (something you’ll need anyway). Some twitter users have confirmed that this method does work so if you’re interested in giving it a shot, feel free to follow the steps below:
Quick Note #1: Your T-Mobile SIM card needs to be the size of a microSIM
You will need to make sure your T-Mobile SIM card is equivalent to the size of your microSIM from AT&T. You can do this by cutting your T-Mobile SIM card yourself with something like an exacto-knife, purchasing a SIM card cutter, or obtaining a microSIM through T-Mobile’s website.
Quick Note #2: You need a T-Mobile data plan in order for this to work
One of the steps requires you to have access to Edge, this will only work if you have a data plan.
Unlock the iPhone 4S (AT&T version) Without Hardware or Software Tweaking
- Insert the original AT&T SIM card.
- Dial 611 and drop the call.
- Turn on Airplane Mode.
- Take the AT&T SIM card out.
- Insert the T-Mobile SIM card.
- Make sure Wi-Fi is turned off (to ensure it doesn’t connect automatically later, just hit “Forget this Network”)
- Turn Airplane Mode off. The iPhone will search for the network and then Apple’s splash screen will appear. The Activation Required will then be displayed on the screen and the Edge network will activate automatically (check for an “E” in the top left corner of the screen)
- Wait 20-30 seconds at this point then turn the iPhone off.
- Turn the iPhone back on and the same Activation Required screen will then be displayed.
- Continue to wait and when you see one signal bar, hit “Use Cellular Connection”
- Eject the SIM card and the Activation Required screen will appear for the second time.
- Put the SIM card back in and voila! You will be unlocked!
The method is definitely something different in terms of how the community has been unlocking their iPhones in the past but it has been confirmed to work. If you end up trying it out, share your experience below! Furthermore, feel free to discuss any issues or whether or not the method worked or you!
According to several published reports that surfaced today, AT&T is reportedly ready to begin canning the unlimited data plans of subscribers who have jailbroken their iPhones and continue to tether / hotspot off of AT&T’s no-longer offered unlimited data plans.
The folks over at 9to5Mac have been hearing from several readers who claim to have more insight into the issue that Thursday August 11th, 2011 will bring with it an end to unlimited data for those who commit the act of tethering or using their iPhone as a hotspot. “If you use MyWi or any tethering on the phone or using the phone as a modem, AT&T will automatically change your unlimited plan to a 2Gb tethering plan for 45 dollars without the customers consent,” the article reads. “This is for those who received emails or texts about the use of tethering without an AT&T tethering plan.”
AT&T however gave the users in question a warning telling them to “stop tethering and keep their current plan” before the unlimited data plan was pulled out from beneath them. Furthermore, AT&T confirmed the report but won’t pinpoint August 11th as the definitive date for this action. An AT&T representative is quoted as saying: “Our goal here is fairness for all of our customers. This impacts a only small percentage of our smartphone customer base.”
Have any of you been warned regarding the issue? Do you think your unlimited data plan is in jeopardy? Let us know in the comments section below!