AT&T Now Accepting Online Orders For iPhone 3G

11 12 2008

In an unexpected move Thursday, AT&T began accepting online orders for Apple’s iPhone 3G, allowing customers to have the device shipped to their doorstep for activation within the comfort of their own homes.

The exclusive US iPhone carrier is accepting orders from both new AT&T customers as well as existing AT&T and iPhone customers who may want to add an additional line of service to their monthly plans.

As part of the online buying experience, the carrier is offering customers the option of speaking live to an AT&T representative through an online chat. After selecting a specific iPhone model, shoppers can choose their rate plan and add features such as roadside assistance, VoiceDial, and Smart Limits for parental controls.





AT&T-DirecTV Over Dish

28 09 2008

AT&T is switching its satellite TV provider.

The telecommunications giant announced Friday that it will drop Dish Network and replace it with DirecTV, after January 31. AT&T has had a joint marketing deal with Dish since 2003.

Financial details of the new deal were not released.

AT&T had announced in early summer that it would not renew its current deal with Dish. It was not clear at the time, however, whether it would renegotiate its agreement with Dish or switch to DirecTV, the other primary satellite TV provider in the U.S.

Telecoms have been trying hard to compete with cable companies by, likewise, offering bundled services with television, broadband, wireless, and home phone.





AT&T-DirecTV Over Dish

28 09 2008

AT&T is switching its satellite TV provider.

The telecommunications giant announced Friday that it will drop Dish Network and replace it with DirecTV, after January 31. AT&T has had a joint marketing deal with Dish since 2003.

Financial details of the new deal were not released.

AT&T had announced in early summer that it would not renew its current deal with Dish. It was not clear at the time, however, whether it would renegotiate its agreement with Dish or switch to DirecTV, the other primary satellite TV provider in the U.S.

Telecoms have been trying hard to compete with cable companies by, likewise, offering bundled services with television, broadband, wireless, and home phone.





iPhone 3G Faulty Power-Control Software

29 08 2008

A plausible scenario for the iPhone 3G reception problems has emerged: it’s a power thing.

RoughlyDrafted reported Thursday that a source with AT&T blamed “faulty” power-control software inside the iPhone 3G for the dropped calls and poor reception that owners have been experiencing since the device was released in July. In short, the iPhone 3G demands too much power–more than is necessary–from a local cell tower to maintain a connection, and when multiple iPhones try to glom onto the same tower, the problem snowballs.

The iPhone OS 2.0.2 software update was designed to fix this power-control problem, according to RoughlyDrafted’s source. However, the source believes that the problems will not go away entirely until all iPhone 3G owners-or quite a few-upgrade to the 2.0.2 software:

In a mixed environment where users are running 2.0, 2.0.1, and 2.0.2, the power control problems of 2.0 and 2.0.1 will affect the 2.0.2 users. It is not the network that is fault but the interaction of the bad power control algorithm in 2.0 and 2.0.1 software and the network that is at fault. The sooner everybody is running 2.0.2 software the better things will be.

So, this saga may soon be coming to an end. If you haven’t already updated to the 2.0.2 software, do so today, for the sake of your fellow iPhone 3G owners. Hopefully that process, combined with an iPhone 2.1 software update to get rid of the other bugs in the release, will allow people to use their iPhone 3Gs as designed.

The unanswered question–assuming this account is accurate–is why the iPhone 3G shipped with balky power-control software, something that ostensibly could have been discovered in testing?





3G Woes Meet The Bold

26 08 2008

Cellular access woes initially pinned on the iPhone 3G’s particular hardware now appear likely to be thwarting the BlackBerry Bold’s debut with AT&T, according to a new report.

Citigroup investment research analyst Jim Suva’s early testing of the Bold, which uses the same 3G network standard as current iPhones, finds the device with just as unstable a connection as that reported in the US and elsewhere for Apple’s handset, with data sometimes dropping to the slower EDGE network or even cutting out entirely.

“We had a few occasional 3G signal dropping troubles at some locations,” Suva writes, “especially on high-rises building streets on our 34th floor… which may be why AT&T has yet to launch the product.”

And while Rogers Wireless in Canada has already launched Research in Motion’s new smartphone, the researcher suggests that an American launch may hinge on either a patch for the Bold’s firmware or straightening out network issues with AT&T, which will be the phone’s sole carrier in the US.

Tellingly, the Bold uses a component of its Marvell processor as its 3G modem where iPhone 3G uses a separate Infineon chipset, ruling out identical hardware as the issue.





All Flavors of iPhone 3G Available On AT&T Premier

14 08 2008

Good news if you’re special enough to have access to AT&T Premier (mostly for business people), you can now buy every flavor the iPhone 3G online. Ship time is 7-10 business days, a tiny bit faster than pre-paying, which has a wait time of about two weeks. This means that even if you aren’t a corporate worker, everyone will probably be able to buy it online soon, ending the wars and restoring order to the world.





AT&T Nixes Satellite TV Partnership

4 07 2008

AT&T is nixing the agreement they’ve had with Dish TV since 2003 to sell their satellite TV service as part of a triple play bundle with internet and voice. Some are speculating it’s because AT&T is simply down on satellite TV (it’s got its own U-verse IPTV thing after all), but more likely it’s pitting Dish and DirecTV against each other in a bidding war, since U-verse deployment ain’t exactly a runaway train speed-wise. So, realistically, you could see AT&T hawking DirecTV instead of Dish next year, which would be a blow to to the latter, since they’re already little number two. But maybe AT&T will be super ballsy and push off satellite altogether.








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