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apple, Deal, Deals, Factory Unlock, iPhone 5, unlock »

[30 Nov 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

Apple generally delays the availability of factory unlocked iPhones. The same thing happened with the iPhone 5. iPhone 5 is now available for purchase, straight from Apple. Before you go ahead and try to buy one, think about the other options to lay your hands on an unlocked iPhone 5.

Following are various options to buy an iPhone 5, unlocked :

Buy one from Craigslist or eBay, even if it is locked to a carrier. You can always unlock them. It is cheaper that way!
You could also signup for a new contract/line …

apple, Design, iOS »

[15 Sep 2012 | One Comment | ]

iOS looks more or less the same over the years. I think Apple doesn’t want to risk it with the UI – not with a money making machine in hand! Remember the Mac OS X? Any UI changes over the years? Nah. Definitely not like Windows 7 to Windows 8!
So, what Apple can do to not be such a bore with the UI is that they should take those touch gestures to the next level. Remember the very first jailbreak where you could launch a rainbow like list of App …

apple, iPhone 4S, Siri, Voice »

[14 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

I made this video when I was learning to use Siri. Siri handles simple queries and little complicated ones if you wish. Siri is a virtual assistant on all iPhones starting iPhone 4S. Siri is the by-product of a lot of data mining and it is one of the best artificial intelligence enabled assistants you have ever encountered. Siri got some attitude as well – try arguing with Siri and you shall see!
Here is a conversation with Siri. My queries revolved around the US Stock Market – the basics like share price, …

apple, iPhone 5 »

[14 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

You will need a nano-SIM for your iPhone 5 which your carrier provides. You might also cut your original SIM or micro-SIM to fit in your iPhone 5. I generally don’t sign contracts. I prefer buying phones with no-commitment pricing (generally Craigslist or eBay). I had to sign a contract to get the iPhone 5 since it is not immediately available as an unlocked variant.
Logged in to my AT&T upgrade portal via AT&T premier (business discount). I was overjoyed to see the unlimited data plan that I was grandfathered in …

apple, ATT, Deal, iPhone 5, Preorder »

[14 Sep 2012 | 8 Comments | ]

Apple iPhone 5 preorders debuted at 3:00 AM EST today giving folks in the west coast an unfair advantage. The delivery times are now showing a 2 week delay at Apple. Ordering from your carrier (in may case, AT&T which still says the iPhone 5 can be delivered on Sep 21st) or Walmart (at a discount, no less!) might be your best bets.
Ordering from your carrier is always the best route if you get some employer discounts. I ordered through AT&T Premier and got the upgrade fee waived automagically and …

apple, cashback, Deal, unlock »

[13 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

Update : The link provided here is for Apple Canada site. US availability is not known yet but starts at $649 instead of the reported $699. 
Unlocked iPhone 5 will be available from day 1 of its availability in the US for a whooping $699 for the 16GB variant with a $100 premium for each additional 16GB, no surprises there!
It is available to preorder starting September 14, 2012 with delivery date pegged at September 21st. If I were you, I would buy it online – get some cashback, free shipping and …

apple, ATT, FaceTime, iOS 6, iPhone 4S »

[13 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

Apple and AT&T decided that it is a great idea to charge for FaceTime on the iPhone! If you have a grandfathered unlimited data plan, you will not be able to FaceTime over cellular network. iOS 6 beta builds did not enforce the restriction but iOS 6 GM build (Gold Master) wasted no time splashing this message when I tried using FaceTime. AT&T expects you to sign up for their mobile share option which is expensive if you have only a line or 2 in your account. I have an …

apple, iPhone5 »

[13 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

Apple is great at advertising and there is plenty of information on how good the iPhone 5 is. You might not find so many articles outlining the drawbacks of the latest iPhone. This information may be vital for the informed consumer. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the iPhone and Androids are simply not upto mark – build quality, battery, execution – lacking in most respects when compared to the iPhone. I will still get the iPhone 5. I bought every incarnation of the iPhone till date and this …

apple, iPhone 4S, unlock »

[11 Nov 2011 | 6 Comments | ]

Apple is finally letting you buy a factory unlocked iPhone 4S directly from their website. I believe this is a much better deal if you are not eligible for an upgrade and are looking for a good resale value when you are ready for the next best iPhone! I would buy it online for some cashback and the convenience of the iPhone being shipped to our doorstep.

There is a catch though – it is a world phone but limited to GSM worldwide.
How about some cashback?

When it comes to iPhone purchases, not many …

apple, USB »

[5 Oct 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

Charging cables are always a pain to carry and it is even worse when you have to carry multiple cables for different devices. Apple finally bowed to the pressure from the European campaign to standardize the charging cables. It is retailing at £8.00 at Apple’s UK stores and hopefully it makes its way into the US stores soon. This is beneficial to those who use 2 devices : Android and Apple and prefer to carry one cable. You will still have to carry the adapter though. Give it some time while it is available for a …