Back in the iPhone Fold & Some Other Stuff

I opted for the apple iPhone after playing with the mew Samsung Galaxy S2 from Virgin. Chose the 4S because Virgin isn’t selling the 5 just yet. Bought the insurance so I’m in for about $500. But after spending $100-$150 between 2007 thru 2011, the damn “contract” phones cost me what, over $4000???

If I was a talker, I might think I got my money’s worth. But I hate talking on the phone. I’m even thinking of dropping to Virgins $35/month for 700 minutes. I used more when I had to call and deal with doctors and such post cancer. But thank God I’m fine with that!

I read on Mötley fool that AT&T is raising its cellular rates. Seems odd since the prepay devices are now offering such great deals for voice and unlimited data. Admittedly, the LTE CDMA data restriction during a voice call is a bit of a hassle. But I’m old and don’t travel like I used to. So I’m often in range of Wifi.

With this 4S Jailbreak, I bought a hotspot program which circumvents the need to pay extra for that feature. It enables my MacBook Pro and iPad 4 with 3G LTE coverage.

And as I said the 4S being LTE capable is getting incredible speed I never got through AT&T. When I had a Samsung Galaxy S on T-Mobile 4g – it was very fast, but then they capped unlimited at 2gb data. They won’t allow iPhones in their prepaid plans, and only specific phones only they sell.

I’m encouraging everyone I can to dump any of the big carriers, contracts and sign up with one of the independent pre-pay carriers.

Eventually enough folks will wake up and realize they are getting ripped off and perhaps it will force the big three to fall into line. It’s all about them “price fixing” and that is where the Gubment should be doing something like the EU has done.
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Speaking of the EU, a Apple can no longer sell its MacPro line there because it ain’t “GREEN” enough. Expect to see a new pro model really soon. Rumor has perhaps a beefier Mini with a massive (speed) CPU, SSD and huge RAM. no Optical drive but multiple Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports. Video folks rely heavily on external drives and new super fast Thunderbolt RAIDS, breakout boxes like AJA and Black Magic make needing a huge chassis like the current MacPro pointless. Heck, even the 27″ high end i7 dual quad core iMac can run circles around older MacPro’s st overclocked 3.7ghz!

You, me and most others like the adaptability of the laptop as do many pro video/film guys. The huge box workstation is a thing of the past and Apple knows it.

We are in love with our gadgets. But I found it a little sad Thanksgiving 2011 when at my daughters for family dinner. I realized everyone of us was on one gadget or another rather than talking to each other.

So technology is a bit of a “bane” to humanity in a way. It’s broadened our knowledge and ability to speedy communications. But I felt kind of silly texting my daughter who was sitting a few feet say from me asking, “wanna cuddle?” And getting a quizzical look of denial from her.

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I appreciate this very much. I was with T-mobile before I got an iPhone and liked them better than ATT. I’m glad ATT didn’t take them over. But once I got the iPhone 3 it made it hard to go back, The integration makes it.

If I was a talker, I might think I got my money’s worth. But I hate talking on the phone. I’m even thinking of dropping to Virgin’s $35/month for 700 minutes. I used more when I had to call and deal with doctors and such post cancer. But thank God I’m over with all of that!

I read on Mötley fool that AT&T is raising its cellular rates. Seems odd since the prepay devices are now offering such great deals for voice and unlimited data. Admittedly, the LTE CDMA data restriction during a voice call is a bit of a hassle. But I’m old and don’t travel like I used to. So I’m often in range of Wifi.

With this really easy evasi0n 4S Jailbreak, I bought a hotspot program which circumvents the need to pay extra for that feature. It enables my MacBook Pro and iPad 4 with 3G coverage. And as I said the 4S being LTE capable is getting incredible speed I never got through AT&T. When I had a Samsung Galaxy S on T-Mobile 4g it was very fast, but then they capped unlimited at 2gb data. They won’t allow iPhones in their prepaid plans, and only specific phones only they sell.

I’m encouraging everyone I can to dump any of the big carriers, contracts and sign up with one of the independent pre-pay carriers.

Eventually enough folks will wake up and realize they are getting ripped off and perhaps it will force the big three to fall into line. It’s all about them “price fixing” and that is where the Gubment should be doing something like the EU has done.

Speaking of the EU, a Apple can no longer sell its MacPro line there because it ain’t “GREEN” enough. Expect to see a new pro model really soon. Rumor has perhaps a beefier Mini with a massive (speed) CPU, SSD and huge RAM. no Optical drive but multiple Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports.

Video folks rely heavily on external drives and new super fast Thunderbolt RAIDS, breakout boxes like AJA and Black Magic make needing a huge chassis like the current MacPro pointless. Heck, even the 27″ high end i7 dual quad core iMac can run circles around older MacPro’s over-clocked to 3.7ghz!

You, me and most others like the adaptability of the laptop as do many pro video/film guys. The huge box workstation is a thing of the past and Apple knows it.


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We are in love with our gadgets. But I found it a little sad Thanksgiving 2011 when at my daughter’s for family dinner. I realized everyone of us was on one gadget or another rather than talking to each other.

So technology is a bit of a “bane” to humanity in a way. It’s broadened our knowledge and ability to speedy communications. But I felt kind of silly texting my daughter who was sitting a few feet say from me asking, “wanna cuddle?” And getting a quizzical look of denial from her.

And Facebook wasn’t the place for me to have a psychotic breakdown. My kids are still mad at me and not really talking to me or interacting with me like they were. It was just too easy to say mean things and click send.


I appreciate this very much. I was with T-mobile before I got an iPhone and liked them better than ATT. I’m glad ATT didn’t take them over. But once I got the iPhone 3 it made it hard to go back, The integration makes it.

I fulfilled my two years. When the button problem started I thought to upgrade but my sister said wait for the 5 s this summer. (She has become a name in “iphonography”.

There is still a loophole in the new “addendum to MDCA” and it is NOT ILLEGAL to jailbreak or unlock an an iPhone.

The “Adapted ruling” to the “Millennium Digital Copyright Act” actually protects the Telcos locked in contract obligation you sign and can prosecute you for breaking their contract, if you read the ruling carefully.

Once your contract obligation is completed, they have no hold on you, nor your iPhone. You own it and have the right to do with it what you want, under the Millennium Digital Copyright Act there is also protection from abuse by the Telcos for/to the consumer.

As much as Apple would like you to sign up for a new iPhone five and two more years of “indeptatude” to one of the big three telco providers, T-mobile will soon start selling unlocked GSM models of the 5S (probably in July when the 5S is released). Or 5’s, 4’s or 4S’ at lower prices than Virgin offers now ($429 and $349). They have held out making deals with Apple that lock them into ridiculous pricing structures, like the other three. The iPhone comparatively is cheaper on T-mobile in Europe, than it is here and there are no forced contracts allowed in the EU. When that happens and the rumored lower priced entry level iPhone appears, it will force the big three to offer comparable pricing and allow many new users to purchase iPhones, that will work on ANY PROVIDER. Either the 5s or 6 will be UNIVERSAL meaning work on GSM or CDMA internationally on any provider.

The “entry level” might be a 3GS reworked with the universal chip. Foxconn still is “tooled up” to stomp out millions (or billions) of those phones for really cheap to hit the Chinese and Indian marketplace where over a billion new smartphone users are expected to buy a phone THIS YEAR. You don’t think Apple wants to miss out in those markets or lose to Samsung, LG or Huwaei, who have ready cheap Android models that outperform the iPhone on many levels? No, those market numbers are to valuable to future Apple sales, and they would not be that stupid to price themselves out of those billions in sales. Especially in China where the damn things are built!

Like Sprint and Verizon on CDMA, you cannot use data while on a phone call unless you have a Wifi connection as well. Jailbroken, there is a paid app you can get to make an iPhone a Hotspot without paying Virgin, AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile to use it for a hotspot, Bluetooth or hard wired USB tethering. I get about 10 megabits thruput on Virgin, at off peak times, generally around 5 average. Not too shabby and it is truly un-throttled “Unlimited”.

I’m not going to test the limits by downloading Netflix. It’s just handy to have when I want to connect my iPad or MacBook Pro on the road.

So yeah, get your button fixed, but don’t sign up for any more servitude to AT&T. You can get the same (or better) service prepaid on T-mobile, without a contract, and most likely 4G data in your area. Not that I like t-mobile, their “unlimited” is throttled back to edge speed after 2Gb data or 5gb on the more expensive pre-paid plan (and they may not allow iPhones at all on the prepaid plans). I have not heard of any T-mobile customer getting real “unlimited data” . Download a couple HD movies, game over.

Sprint and Virgin have the only truly unlimited plans (revol and boost use Sprint network too). We have LTE in my area and the 4S has that higher speed capability built in. Not sure about the 4 Gsm model. I could only get edge speed on my 3G that is why I went to Android and Samsung. Supposedly t-mobile has the 1900ghz band spectrum rolling out in many markets and 4s GSM phones will work with HSPDA+ that Tmobile gets up to 40Gbps, supposedly.

So jailbreaking is done by software? Then you bring the unlocked phone to the carrier? Does it void warranty and
exclude one from Applecare?
well that’s a sticky bit in the Apple EULA. However, if an IOS device is totally defective, it might be pretty hard for them to tell it was hacked. I’d at least try to do a factory reset if at all possible before seeking warranty support. I recently took a NEW but never activated 3GS to an Apple store without a SIM card. They activated it and unlocked it via their software as it was not under any contract obligation. I was wearing an Apple consultants shirt as well!

It looks like I got a reprieve on my Home button. Out of the case I gave it a massage and it’s been responding normally. Third time around for this method, if I can nurse it through until the 5 s I think I’ll join you in iPhone outlaw land. Keep me up to date, please, on this subject.

All the best,
Henry

PS Before Lion in Mail quoted text showed up blue like at the bottom of this and made it easier to respond paragraph by paragraph. I have not been able to find a way to get back there since I upgraded, is it possible? Not in the stock iPhone Mail.app it seems.

There is still a loophole in the law, and it is NOT ILLEGAL to jailbreak or unlock an an iPhone.

The “Adapted ruling” to the “Millennium Digital Copyright Act” actually protects the Telcos locked in contract obligation you sign and can prosecute you for breaking their contract, if you read the ruling carefully. Once your contract obligation is completed, they have no hold on you, nor your iPhone. You own it and have the right to do with it what you want under the Millennium Digital Copyright Act – there is also protection from abuse by the Telcos for/to the consumer.

As much as Apple and the “big three carriers” would like you to sign up for a new iPhone 5 and two more years of “indeptatude” to one of the telco providers, T-mobile will soon start selling unlocked GSM models of the 5S (probably in July when the 5S is released). Or 5’s, 4’s or 4S’ at lower prices than Virgin offers now ($429 and $349).

They have held out making deals with Apple that lock them into ridiculous pricing structures, like the other three. The iPhone comparatively is cheaper on T-mobile in Europe, than it is here and there are no forced contracts allowed in the EU.

When that happens and the rumored lower priced entry level iPhone appears, it will force the big three to offer comparable pricing and allow many new users to purchase iPhones, that will work on ANY PROVIDER. Either the 5s or 6 will be UNIVERSAL meaning work on GSM or CDMA internationally on any provider.

The “entry level” might be a 3GS reworked with the universal chip. Foxconn still is “tooled up” to stomp out millions (or billions) of those phones for really cheap to hit the Chinese and Indian marketplace where over a billion new smartphone users are expected to buy a phone THIS YEAR.

You don’t think Apple wants to miss out in those markets or lose to Samsung, LG or Huwaei, who have ready cheap Android models that outperform the iPhone on many levels? No, those market numbers are to valuable to future Apple sales, and they would not be that stupid to price themselves out of those billions in sales. Especially in China where the damn things are built!

Like Sprint and Verizon on CDMA, you cannot use data while on a phone call unless you have a Wifi connection as well. Jailbroken, there is a paid app you can get to make an iPhone a Hotspot without paying Virgin, AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile to use it for a hotspot, Bluetooth or hard wired USB tethering. I get about 10 megabits thruput on Virgin, at off peak times, generally around 5 average. Not too shabby and it is truly un-throttled “Unlimited”.

I’m not going to test the limits by downloading Netflix. It’s just handy to have when I want to connect my iPad or MacBook Pro on the road.

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