Sprint didn't just sell its soul when it inked a long-term agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone, it sold out its investors who were kept in the dark as to how much Sprint was spending on the deal. Until now. Sprint ultimately got what it wanted and felt it needed in order to compete with Verizon and AT&T, and as a result, the third largest wireless operator in the U.S. said it might need $7 billion in financing over the next few years in order to upgrade its network to handle all those iPhone activations, Reuters reports.
Gazelle is a service that buys old gadgets, and pays out cash and gift cards, but there’s one type of trade-in that’s been conspicuously up in recent days. According to the company, there has been an 80% jump in people selling their BlackBerry smartphones since last week. This smashes the already high record number of sales early in the month.
Ah, the pleasures of youth. Sunshine, summer breaks and cool Capri Suns by the poolside. It sounds like the good life, but apparently all the rays are baking kids’ brains: a new report says that the majority of American youth would prefer a Mac to a PC. What has the world come to when children are actively seeking out fruit?
As is customary, Apple’s newest mobile device has been torn asunder by curious gawkers in search of a cheap thrill. Also, they want to see what’s inside so they can price out components, but that is pretty thrilling. The iPhone 4S bill of materials was determined by iSupplyi to be roughly $188 for the 16GB version.
Apple’s Siri voice control system is undeniably cool, but it’s also still technically a beta product. As such, there are some kinks to work out, but this is a pretty big one. The default setting for Siri is that it can be activated when the phone is locked, which is handy. But it turns out that even if you use a passcode, anyone can fire up Siri without knowing your code, and send texts and emails, or snoop in your calendar.
We get it folks, you don't come here to read Apple content, though the occasional newsworthy blip warrants a bit of coverage every now and then. That includes the iPhone 4S, Apple's latest and greatest smartphone that set a 3-day sales record of more than 4 million devices during its launch weekend. You already know that. But do you know if it will blend? And is the new hardware capable of standing up to 50 caliber armor piercing incendiary rounds? The answers are easy, and the videos demonstrating each one are awesome.
Admit it, you rushed out over the weekend and purchased an iPhone 4S, or you had one delivered to your door that you already pre-ordered, right? Even if you didn't pick up Apple's latest and greatest, plenty others did, with weekend sales (including launch day on Friday) topping four million units, the Cupertino outfit confirmed. One can only imagine what the numbers would have looked like had Apple launched an iPhone 5 like so many people were hoping for.
We love it when the folks over at iFixIt tear into brand new hardware with Dexter-like precision and exposes the guts. The latest piece of hardware to hit iFixIt's operating table is Apple's recently announced iPhone 4S smartphone that started shipping today. Given that the iPhone 4S is really just an upgraded iPhone 4 in the same mold, will there be any surprises waiting inside?
Sprint joins AT&T and Verizon as one of three wireless carriers signed up to carry Apple's iPhone 4S smartphone, and in fact has inked a deal to purchase 30.5 million iPhone devices worth $20 billion over the next four years. But unlike its two competitors, the spunky newcomer to the iPhone space will continue to offer an unlimited data plan with no overage fees or throttling.
Prospective iPhone buyers have been aching to know if Sprint would be keeping its unlimited data plans in place when it begins offering the device, and the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Sprint PR has confirmed to All Things D that the existing unlimited data plans will apply to the iPhone when pre-orders begin in just a few days. Sprint is likely to use this as a selling point to lure users from AT&T and Verizon.