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An Overview of the iPhone

Apple knows what customers want, and they take created the Apple iPhone with
this in mind. This is one of the reasons this phone has become so popular. One
of the biggest features that people want when they purchase a cell phone is
simplicity. A cell phone needs to be easy to use. People want simplicity and
functionality; they do not want a hassle when it comes to locating phone
numbers and contacts. Here we will give you an overview of the iPhone and some
of its features.

The features of your Apple iPhone are so numerous that to list them all would
fill an eBook. Your iPhone includes widgets (small programs that make
everything simple) that help you to keep up to date with things such as the
weather, stock reports, and anything else that you might wish to know. Keeping
these on your start page gives you everything that you need to know right
there, available for you to access anytime you need it. It is this ease of use
combined with a plethora of features that has made the iPhone so popular.

Continuing on with an overview of the iPhone, we should talk about mobility --
that is hands free mobility. Accessories are essential for hands free
communication with your iPhone. For ease of use while driving (and for safety)
or moving around, you need a Bluetooth for your iPhone. For cell phone users
who run, jog, or walk, a sport band to attach your iPhone to your arm will keep
in touch with everyone.

The iPhone takes guessing out of making a phone call. By using a single
fingertip, you can make a call to any of the people on your contact list,
either by selecting their name or their telephone number. Need to make a
conference call? If you are talking to two people, you can merge the calls so
you can conference. It does not get any easier!

An overview of the iPhone would not be complete without mentioning the memory
capacity of the iPhone. You cannot upgrade the memory or add memory cards.
There is a 6 GB model, an 8 GB model and a 16 GB model. That's it, no more.
Another complaint is with the internet browser. Many feel that the search
capability is severely lacking and the browser does not have the ability to
save passwords. However, internet access is relatively easy with an iPhone.
Let's face it, there is no such thing as a perfect internet connection.

There are other features that you may like and find useful. There are more than
10,000 YouTube videos that have the H264 encoding the iPhone requires. This
means that there is a literal sea of video content for you to view for free. If
you want to watch any other type of video, you will have to get it converted to
your iPhone's format first. YouTube is working very closely with Apple. The
result of this is that videos posted to YouTube are easily viewed on the
iPhone. In addition, the enormous selection of movies and TV programs on iTunes
means that you will find something to suit your tastes, no matter what genre of
video or TV programming you prefer.

There is so much that iPhone offers that it is impossible to list everything
that it can do in this article, which is just an overview of the iPhone. This
device is one that manages to combine fashion, form and function into a single
unit. You can buy the iPhone online or through AT&T. Take the time to get
insurance on your purchase. If it breaks, you drop it into a glass of iced tea,
or your dog eats it, you want AT&T to foot the bill. Now that you have an
overview of the iPhone, why not an iPhone, enjoy it and listen to all the music
you can possibly fit onto a single phone. Although it is pricey, it provides a
lot of entertainment for the money.

Top 5 Reasons to Own an Apple iPhone

Although they are expensive, there are many reasons you should own an iPhone.
After you page through the hype and advertising, you will see that this is a
very functional cell phone that contains a number of extremely useful features
that are built into it. With the iPhone, you are getting more than just a cell
phone. This is the main reason that the price is so high. Here are the top 5
reasons to own an Apple iPhone.

First, there is functionality. The iPhone offers you many features in addition
to making phone calls that have superior quality. This phone is also an MP3
player, camera, PDA, navigator, and mini computer all rolled up into a single
device. You can easily switch from application to application without the need
for an awkward keypad that is too small for most people. This is one of the top
5 reasons to own an Apple iPhone.

Next, there is the touch screen. The screen on the iPhone is touch sensitive.
All of your commands are done through finger taps and drags on the screen.
There are no fussy keypads or stylus to deal with. Everything is right there on
your fingertips. This is another reason why you should consider an iPhone.

Reason number three in the top 5 reasons to own an Apple iPhone is
entertainment. The iPhone gives you either 6 GB, 8GB, or 16 GB of memory
depending on the model you purchased. This enables you to download and store a
significant amount of music, video and TV shows. You can carry all of this
around with you without the need for an additional MP3 player. You can even
hook up stereo headphones via Bluetooth technology if you wanted to. There is
no lack of content available for your iPhone. You can get MP3 files in any
number of places. You can also download MP3, video and other content for your
iPhone from iTunes. With so much content available for you to watch and listen
to, you should never be bored.

The fourth reason to own an iPhone is the communications capabilities. You can
easily send a text message to one or many people with just a few taps of the
screen. There are many contact managers that you can download so that you can
sort all of your contacts into categories. The iPhone makes keeping and staying
in touch very easy. Your options to text, email, chat or talk are easily
accessible and you never have to worry about not being able to find an
important contact. This is probably one of the best reasons to own an iPhone.
It helps you stay in touch easily.

Finally, number 5 in our top 5 reasons to own an Apple iPhone is the camera.
The iPhone comes with a 2 megapixel camera that is always ready to use. You can
immediately share your pictures with all of your contacts with a few taps and
drags of your finger. For anyone interested in digital photography or for those
who just want to give it a try, the iPhone's picture quality is amazing,
especially when you consider that it is a cell phone. The possibilities of how
use this camera are endless. You are only limited by the space left on your
iPhone and your creativity.

These are the top 5 reasons to own an Apple iPhone. This list may or may not
agree with your reasons. Overall, the Apple iPhone is a functional and sleek
cell phone that makes a fashion statement as well as provides you with
outstanding ease of use and functionality. As far as the smart phones go, this
one is probably still the standard to go by. When you take into account all of
the features packed into this rather compact unit you will begin to understand
why this phone has become so popular. It is definitely worth looking into if
you are in the market for a new cell phone.

Top 5 Reasons Not to Own an iPhone

Apple has done a great job telling the world about their iPhone. The
advertising has worked and the iPhone is one of the hottest cell phones to own.
For those interested in keeping up with the Jones' the iPhone is a must have
item this year and probably next year too. The question is does the Apple
iPhone live up to the hype. Is the iPhone really worth top dollar? What do the
users say? Here are the top 5 reasons not to own an iPhone.

The first reason is the price. This is a very expensive cell phone. The average
price for an iPhone is between $500 -- $600. That is a lot of money for a phone.
At this price it is really a luxury item as there are phones that offer similar
features for a lot less money. For internet and email capabilities you can get
a Blackberry or Motorola Q for a lot less than an iPhone. If you are looking
for touch screens and music, there are hundreds of phones that will suit these
requirements without having to shell out so much money. Although the iPhone's
advertising is geared toward teens and young adults, does a teenager really
need a $500 cell phone? This is the fist reason in our Top 5 reasons not to own
an iPhone: Price.

Reason number two in the top 5 reasons not to own an iPhone, the battery. Did
you know that you cannot replace the battery in your iPhone? If that battery
dies, you are out of luck. Apple decided that soldering the battery to the unit
was preferable to offering a proprietary battery or any standard cell phone
battery. This way when your battery dies, and without a doubt it will in under
two years, you have to get a new iPhone. Apparently many users did not realize
this as Apple made no effort to make this common knowledge. Now they are in
litigation over the battery issue. Therefore, if you are considering buying an
iPhone be sure to get a warranty that covers the battery if you can. Otherwise
you will be paying for another phone within 24 months which is the average life
of a cell phone style battery.

Reason three: Internet access. Although the iPhone is touted as having amazing
internet capabilities, there are many shortcomings to its browser. The browsers
search capabilities are severely lacking. This makes finding what you want on
the internet difficult and time consuming. The other feature the browser lacks
is the ability to store passwords. This may have been done as a security
measure as cell phones are not as secure as a laptop, PC or Mac. However,
keeping track of a lot of passwords is difficult. Internet searching and
browser issues is our third reason.

Reason four not to own an iPhone is memory. You can purchase a 6 GB, an 8 GB,
or a 16 GB iPhone. When you use up all of your available space on the iPhone,
you must delete or back off content to another device like your PC or Mac. Many
iPhone proponents claim that this storage capacity removes the need for a
separate MP3 player, such as an iPod, therefore saving you money. In reality,
teens can download 16 GB of music and video in an amazingly short amount of
time. This leaves no memory for other applications or photos. You will still
need a separate MP3 player so there are no real savings to be had here. There
is no ability to upgrade the memory via a memory card or flash drive. This is
another area where the iPhone is lacking.

Finally, reason number five in our top 5 reasons not to own an iPhone is the
service provider. You are limited to AT&T's cell phone service packages for the
iPhone if you wish to use it. These packages are expensive as they all include
data and internet. AT&T has no incentive to change their iPhone service pricing
because they have exclusive rights to provide service to the iPhones. This has
led to a great number of hacked iPhones on the market that can be used on other
networks. As long as Apple and AT&T's agreement stays exclusive, you will have

Overall, the iPhone is an overpriced, over hyped, cell phone. These top 5
reasons not to own an iPhone are valid and you should consider this before you
buy one.

A Downside to the iPhone

One of the biggest features that people want when they purchase a cell phone is
simplicity. Apple knows what customers want, and they take created the Apple
iPhone with this in mind. This is one of the reasons this phone has become so
popular. It is easy to stay in touch with your iPhone. Playing around with the
iPhone is so much fun. However, the iPhone has missed on a couple of points.
There is a downside to the iPhone. It is not the perfect peripheral that it
proclaims to be. Some of the issues are with the battery, memory, and AT&T.

What -- there is a downside to the iPhone? Actually, there are several. The
first issue is with memory. It is not possible to upgrade or add to the iPhones
memory. You have either 6 GB, 8 GB, or a 16 GB model and that is it. If you love
to download content and music, you will quickly find yourself running out of
space. This means loading and unloading content from your iPhone to your
computer. Nothing is more annoying than starting a download and finding out you
cannot complete it because your memory is too low. This was one area that Apple
missed on. Teenagers can download an amazing amount of music and video content.
Having the option to use memory sticks would have been a nice feature.

Many iPhone users are unhappy with the fact that the iPhone battery is sealed
and cannot be changed. The overall consensus with the current owners is that
they were not warned about the battery situation. Apple is being sued about the
iPhone battery and the lack of disclosure on the fact it cannot be changed. I
agree with the users here. If you shell out $500-$600 for a phone and it dies
in 6 months, you are going to be pretty upset. The ability to change cell phone
batteries is standard within the cell phone industry. Perhaps apple would have
been better off with making money on battery replacements and this would have
many users happy and Apple out of court. Short battery life is the number one
complaint of heavy cell phone users. This is another downside to the iPhone.

Finally, the calling plans that AT&T offers for the iPhone leave a lot to be
desired. Lacking calling plans that allow free usage between AT&T users, or
calling circles, or other forms of unlimited use, AT&T has fallen behind all of
the other cell phone carriers. Furthermore, limits on area coverage and
interruptions in service reduce the cell phone user's sense of freedom. This is
why most of us chose to have a cell phone -- the ability to roam and call when
and where we please. The iPhone and AT&T really shaft the consumer on the
exclusive contract between the two. AT&T has no incentive to give better rates
to iPhone users because they legally cannot go anywhere else. Roaming charges
and fees for the iPhone are astronomical. This is a downside to the iPhone and
it is compounded by the fact that hackers have found a way to unlock these
phones so they can be used on other cell phone networks. Apple set itself up
for this one, and until the exclusivity is removed, the hackers are going to be
right there breaking into every code update that Apple releases.

Apple has been making computers and peripheral devices for many years now. You
would have thought that they would have put a little more effort into
researching the effects on users that memory, battery life, and availability of
an affordable cell phone plan would have on potential users. I foresee a decline
in the iPhones popularity due to these concerns. Hackers will keep having a
field day with unlocking iPhones until the agreement between AT&T and Apple
expires, or it gets sent to the courts. It will be interesting to see how the
battery issues turn out in court. There is a downside to the iPhone and Apple
has done nothing to fix it.

Stay in touch with your iPhone

One of the biggest things that people desire when they purchase a cell phone is
simplicity. They want to be able to access their phone books easily and quickly
so the connect in an instant. Apple knows what adults desire, and they have
created the Apple iPhone with this in mind. It is hard to believe that Apple
has packed so great number features into one small device, but the company also
knows what customers are looking for in their cell phones. Playing around with
the iPhone is so much fun. It is easy to stay in touch with your iPhone.

We communicate faster and more efficiently than ever before. Cell phones, IM,
email and text messaging are all an integral part of daily life in today's
society. For those who were born into this communication revolution, they
expect instant contact with others and information. This is where the iPhone
comes into play. Staying in contact is where the iPhone shines. It makes
calling and keeping track of your contact lists a breeze. Applications such as
Facebook make it possible to connect with your entire social network with just
a few taps of the screen. Once speed dialing was the fastest way to
communicate, now with your iPhone you can connect with just a touch or two of
the screen. This is how you can stay in touch with your iPhone.

One of the ways you can stay in touch with your iPhone is to create lists of
frequently called numbers. Creating these lists is very easy to do. It makes no
difference what your age or your status is in life, you are going to love the
simplicity and the handy setup of the iPhone. It makes organizing your contacts
easy and completely free of hassles. The Apple iPhone takes all of the guesswork
out of making a phone call. With just one finger, you can make a call to any of
the individuals on your list, either by selecting their name or their telephone
number. Do you need to make a conference call? It is very simple to merge two
calls that you are on so that everyone can talk at the same time. Nothing could
be easier! Whether you are someone who has had a cell phone before or you are a
first time user, you will find that the iPhone is everything that you could
want and more. Take a look for yourself and see what the iPhone can do for you
to make your cell phone calling experience a bit easier. Once you see that the
iPhone is effortless to use, you will be convinced.

Do you love YouTube? Many of us enjoy the videos on this website. With your
iPhone, you can watch and save a video from YouTube and then send it to all of
your friends with just a tap or two of the screen. You can stay in touch with
your iPhone by sharing everything that you love with everyone that you love. It
is quick and simple. You can even conference call.

Experiencing iPhone woes? There are many forums and blogs that you can turn to
for expert advice about how to use your iPhone to its maximum potential. You
can find out more about how to stay in touch with your iPhone on these forums.
This device is one that manages to combine fashion, form and function into a
single unit.

What Makes the iPhone Different

When you are in the market for a new cell phone, you have a plethora of phones
to choose from. One of the biggest challenges is finding the perfect phone that
is compatible with your current cell phone provider. The choices slim down
considerably when you start to head into the realm of smart phones. Smart phone
are more expensive than others, mainly due to the fact they offer a higher end
technology. The iPhone by Apple, is one of these smart phones. Why should you
choose an Apple iPhone instead of another smart phone like a Blackberry? What
makes the iPhone different from all of the other smart phones available.

The Apple iPhone has a touch screen. While other cell phones have touch screen
capabilities, most of the other smart phones do not. That is why they have
keypads. The iPhone's touch screen is one of the features that have made it so
popular. Everything is done through the screen. It makes texting, sorting
through the main page, finding contacts and browsing the internet so easy. No
awkward and cumbersome key pads to deal with (men know that these are usually
too small to be practical), and no stylus to lose. Everything is done with a
tough of a finger. You page through your options and make your selections with
your fingertips. The volume and other controls are also controlled with just a
tough or two from you. It is this ease of use that is what makes the iPhone
different from the other high-end smart phones.

The features of the iPhone are another way that it is different from the other
smart phones. This phone is crammed packed with features. As some would say,
"this is a mack daddy phone". What are the features that this phone has that
others lack? First, there is the fact that the Apple iPhone has given the user
the ability to have music, video content like movies and TV, texting, emailing,
internet, photography and GPS navigation all in a single device. This is in
addition to having great call quality. When you look at the fact that this
allows the user to only need a single device instead of having to cart around a
PDA, MP3 player, camera, cell phone and GPS system, and you have a very
appealing device. These features are what make the iPhone different from all of
the others.

Is there anything else that makes the iPhone different? Yes, there are but
these may not be positive differences. it is only available with AT&T's cell
phone service. If you happen to be in an area with limited or no service by
AT&T then you are out of luck if you want an iPhone. Another feature that makes
the iPhone different is the battery. It cannot be replaced. If your battery
dies, then you need a new phone. Not very good news to someone that has just
spent $500 on a phone. There is no way to add to the memory of the device. You
can purchase your Apple iPhone with either 6 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of memory. If
you run out of room on your phone, you have to delete something. There are no
slots for memory cards. This is something that Apple should have researched
better. Teens who love music and video content can burn through 8 GB or memory
in record time. Overall, what makes the iPhone different from all of the others
is its ease of use and versatility. Along those lines, Apple did a fabulous job.
Just like with anything else it is not a perfect phone, then again, what is?

Unlocking Your iPhone: Is It A Good Idea

We have all heard about unlocking your iPhone so that you can use a different
SIM in it. This may be a good idea in certain situations. Many people want to
unlock their iPhone to get around using AT&T as their cell phone service
provider. Others just want to use the iPhone for internet and music
capabilities and they do not want to use it as a phone at all. They hack the
firmware so that they do not have to activate the phone on any network in order
to use it. Here is the question before us. Unlocking your iPhone, is it a good

If you are looking to unlock your iPhone to use it on another network such as
T-Mobile then you are breaking the law. It is illegal and in violation of
Apple's agreement with AT&T to use it on another network. Apple receives
royalties from AT&T for every iPhone that is connected to their network. Apple
loses money on every hacked iPhone. Many feel that it is ok to hack the
iPhone's firmware so that it can be used on another network. It is the author's
standpoint that this ethically wrong. Whether you agree with AT&T and Apple's
agreement or not is up to you. If you do not agree with it then do not use the
iPhone as a cell phone. In this case, I do not agree with the hacking of the

On the other hand if you do not want the high expense of AT&T's iPhone service
and you are looking to use the iPhone for its music and internet capabilities
then hacking into the firmware so that you do not have to activate the AT&T
cell phone service is OK. You should be able to buy the iPhone and use it for
the music, video and internet capabilities without having to connect to AT&T's
cell phone network. You can use places that offer free WiFi to access the
internet via your iPhone. The iPod does not give you internet capabilities.
Therefore, if you want to have internet, combined with awesome content then you
really do need an iPhone and you should not have to purchase expensive cell
phone service in order to enjoy the reason most people buy an iPhone in the
first place. Unlocking your iPhone, is it a good idea? In this case, yes it is.

Then there is a third reason to hack into the firmware. This is really in a
grey area as it uses the full capabilities of the iPhone, including using it as
a phone. You can add Skype VOIP service for about $10 a month and then you have
a WiFi phone. If you are using the iPhone in this way and do not want to use
AT&T's cell phone service you are still going to have to hack into the firmware
so that you do not activate the phone with AT&T. Is this in violation of the
AT&T, Apple agreement? No, it is not. That agreement is for AT&T to provide
exclusive cell phone service for the iPhone. The VOIP service is not cell phone
service. Therefore, if you are not using another cell phone service provider for
your iPhone you are not violating any agreement. This is one way to get around
the exclusive contract with AT&T and still be able to send and receive calls.
The only drawback is that you need to be in an area where you can pickup a WiFi
signal in order to use your Skype VOIP service.

Unlocking your iPhone, is it a good idea? It depends on your views. On one hand
there are legal and ethical issues with hacking into the firmware in general.
However, your intent on why you are doing this also comes into play. Apple and
AT&T have an exclusive agreement as far as cell phone service goes. Apple does
not recommend the use of any other SIM card other than the one that came with
your phone but it does not specifically prohibit it either. If you bought the
iPhone to use for content and internet only or even if you plan to use it as an
expensive Skype VOIP phone, that is your business and you should be able to do
this without signing up for expensive cell phone service you do not need.
Unlocking your iPhone, is it a good idea? Perhaps.

Troubleshooting Your iPhone

Where you can turn to and what can you do if you are having problems with your
iPhone. There are many reasons that you might be experiencing problems. Before
you can correct what is wrong, you have to know what is causing your problems.
Apple's website has a lot of information about what you can do to correct your
iPhone problems. Listed below are some common issues. Troubleshooting your
iPhone is not as difficult as you would think. Let us take a look at some
common problems and solutions.

Is your iPhone "frozen" or not working? If so, let's take a look and see why.
Does it need to be recharged? You can charge the iPhone with a high-powered USB
port, not on a low powered one. If you are using your PC to charge your iPhone,
be sure that your USB port is a high-powered port. If you are using a USB hub,
check the power, some are low powered, your keyboard USB port (if you have one)
is low powered. Only a high-powered USB port will charge your iPhone.

If you are sure that your iPhone is fully charged, try restarting it. To do
this hold the sleep/wake button and wait for a red colored slider to appear.
Then slide your finger across this red slider and this will turn off the unit.
Wait at least 10 seconds before you restart. You restart the iPhone by holding
the sleep/wake button until you see the Apple logo.

Is your iPhone locked up? Did an application freeze? If you press the home
button and continue holding for about 6 seconds or so you should be able to
cancel the program that is locked up. Then restart your iPhone.

There is the ability to actually reset the Apple iPhone. To do this you need to
press and hold the wake/sleep button and the home button at the same time. Keep
holding these two buttons down at the same time until the Apple Logo appears.
Ignore any other symbols that may appear. It is important that you wait for the
Apple Logo before releasing the two buttons.

Sometimes content that is not synced properly will cause problems for your
iPhone. This will require more than a restart. Connect your iPhone to your
computer and go to the iTunes site. Change your sync options for each of the
following categories: contacts, podcasts, calendars, videos, and MP3s. You may
have to remove several files that may be causing problems.

If none of the above items work when troubleshooting your iPhone, try resetting
it. Go to settings and then general, then reset, then reset all settings. This
will reset everything but keep all of your files and documents intact.
Hopefully this will solve your problems. However if you are still having
problems with your iPhone at this point you may have to reset the phone. This
will unfortunately remove all of your saved files, folders, and content so do
this with caution. You may want to try to backup all of your content before
attempting this. To reset all of the iPhone's settings, go to settings, select
general, then choose reset, and finally pick erase all contents and settings.
Everything on your iPhone will be reset and all of your content that you have
saved will be erased. This will include pictures, music and videos, text
messages, files, folders, added on applications and more. It puts your iPhone
back to the state when you first bought it. Use this option with care.

As you can see there are many ways to reset or unfreeze your iPhone. If you are
still having problems the best advice I can give you is to go to Apple's website
and click on the troubleshooting guide for the iPhone. They have an enormous
amount of information out there for you. Just go to and follow the
links to get to the iPhone troubleshooting area. This may be the best way for
troubleshooting your iPhone.

Travel and Your iPhone

Do you like to travel? Are you on the road constantly for business? Then the
Apple iPhone may be the phone of choice for you. The reason for this is that
the iPhone has a GPS navigator built into it. If you are always on the go, a
navigator is what you need. Fussing with maps and asking for directions is a
thing of the past. Nowadays, tech savvy people have a navigation system in
their cars. With an iPhone, you always have your navigator with you, no matter
who is driving. Travel and your iPhone; it's a match made in heaven (sort of).

Why would you need a navigator on your cell phone? Anytime you need directions,
to a new club perhaps, just tell it where you want to go an viola' directions
are there. Even those of us who are no longer part of the club scene will
benefit from having a navigation system with us at all times. You can use this
to quickly find directions to the field your kid should be playing on. Perhaps
the directions given to a friends party were vague. These are all situations
where having a navigations system like the one included with the iPhone comes
in very handy. Lost in the desert? (yes it happens) Then you really need the
navigation system on your iPhone.

In addition to the navigation system there are other reasons to make sure you
have your iPhone with you when you travel. Aside from the fact that you will
always have a cell phone with you, another advantage is that all of your
entertainment is with you as well. If you are taking a long drive and there is
nothing to see but cornfields for the next 400 miles, having movies, eBooks and
music to entertain you can be a godsend. With the iPhone, you can take your
movies and television shows with you wherever you go. This is another reason
for pairing up travel and your iPhone.

Are travel and your iPhone really a good match? Let's take a look and see. For
example, instead of stopping to ask directions, you can get the information
that you need right there on your iPhone. The Apple iPhone is right there to
help you find your way with the ability to view satellite images of major
street names. The iPhone can help you find landmarks and other things that you
might be interested in along the way on your trip. It's like having a navigator
right there with you in your car, letting you know what you need to know and
getting you where you need to go.

Now that you know why travel and your iPhone make such a good pair, remember to
keep this in mind for your next trip. Be sure to load up on plenty of movies,
eBooks, TV shows and music. Use your Apple iPhone to plan your travel route.
Check the navigation system for points of interest along the way and make sure
that you visit some of them. You can even mark the gas station along or near
your route so you can plan a fill-up before it becomes an issue. If Apple keeps
making features like this built into their cells phone AAA Travel services may
get put out of business.

The Dangers of Unlocking Your iPhone

You may have heard that there is an unlock for the iPhone. Not only can you
unlock iPhone firmware 1.0.2, now firmware 1.1.2 is also cracked and so is
firmware 1.1.3. There are many ways to unlock your iPhone. If your read all of
the hype, then you might think that this is not a big deal and anyone can do
it. You have the choice of purchasing an unlock from or you
can search YouTube for the latest video on how to unlock your iPhone. There is
risk associated with this, especially if you start messing around with the
bootload program. The dangers of unlocking your iPhone may actually outweigh
the benefits.

Before we go any further, we need to be certain that everyone understands what
we are talking about. An unlocked iPhone is an iPhone that has its firmware
hacked into. The most common reason for this is so that the user can bypass the
Apple -- AT&T exclusive agreement that AT&T is the sole provider of cell phone 
service for the iPhone. When you unlock your iPhone, you are allowing the iPhone 
to be used on any cell phone network using standard GSM technology. Now that we 
have the terms cleared up, we need to see if it is really worth risking the 
dangers of unlocking your iPhone.

There are risks, make no mistake about it. Some of those risks are recoverable,
some are not. If you make a serious mistake, you can "brick" your iPhone. In a
sense, this is exactly what happens, your iPhone locks up, cannot be recovered
from, and is now nothing more than an expensive brick. In order to prevent this
from happening, you need to be certain that the instructions you are following
are accurate. Even will not guarantee that their software
will not harm your iPhone. All they state is that it will work. They do not
offer money back guarantees.

Why do you need to unlock your iPhone? If you are happy with AT&T as a cell
phone service provider and you enjoy their visual email (an AT&T exclusive)
then there is no reason to unlock your iPhone. Just keep using it as is. You
can keep upgrading to the new firmware releases without worrying about killing
your iPhone. If however, you would rather use T-Mobile as a cell phone provider
or if you are looking to get enhanced music and video content then you can
unlock the iPhone.

Here is the risk; right now, there are hacks to unlock the iPhone through
firmware versions 1.1.4. However, only states that their
product is guaranteed to work with every firmware update from Apple. They claim
that any unlock from them is good for every firmware update. Others claim to be
able to have unlocking instructions for free that will unlock your phone
without having to downgrade to firmware version 1.0.2. The problem is if you
unlock your iPhone this way and then you upgrade to a higher version and it
does not work, your iPhone will re-lock. If this happens then you might not be
able to use your iPhone even if you go back to using the SIM card that
originally came with your iPhone. Then you will have to go and figure out a way
to get it to work. Apple will not be of any help to you if your iPhone bricks or
even refuses to connect to a cell phone service because you decided you wanted
to hack the firmware.

What about buying an unlocked iPhone? Here again the dangers of unlocking your
iPhone still hold true, only this time you have no idea of how the phone was
unlocked. If you purchase an unlock from and have problems
you can contact them and they will help you. Vendors selling unlocked iPhones
may not be so helpful.

The dangers of unlocking your iPhone may not be apparently clear. However,
there is a danger of ruining your iPhone. That makes it very expensive
experiment. Are you sure you want or need your iPhone unlocked? If you do
remember the dangers of unlocking your iPhone before you do something that
cannot be undone.

The Apple iPhone -- Super Phone or Super Hype

The Apple iPhone, super phone or super hype? Is this cell phone really the
complete package that Apple purports it to be or is it all hype? Let us take a
look at the facts and fiction about the Apple iPhone to see how it really
stacks up against the advertising.

Ease of use, this is what Apple shows in all of its advertising. On this point,
they hit it dead on. The Apple iPhone is extremely easy to use. If you can tap
something with your finger or slide your finger along a screen you can use the
iPhone without difficulty. For ease of use, the iPhone is a super phone.

Music listening and storage. As far as sound quality goes, the iPhone is great.
A set of good quality stereo earbuds are required to enjoy the iPhone's sound
quality. To complete the upscale look of the iPhone, perhaps a set of Bluetooth
stereo earphones are in orders. In the category of sound quality and music
playback capability, the iPhone is a super phone.

Storage is another feature that Apple hypes the iPhone. With 6 GB, 8 GB, and
now 16 GB, this seems like a tremendous amount of storage. Here is where the
downfall is, you cannot upgrade the memory or use external memory such as
memory cards or sticks. Therefore you are limited by the amount of content you
can have on your iPhone. You cannot take content with you. A work around could
be to store content on an internet site and swap it out when you want it. Any
teenager I know can blow through even 16 GB of music in an amazingly short
amount of time. If you add in videos and TV shows, 16 GB becomes filled rather
quickly. In the storage department, the Apple iPhone becomes hype instead of a
super phone.

What about battery life. Here is where there is no hype at all: actually Apple
has very little to say about the iPhone's battery. Here is why. You cannot
change it. Most cell phones have a removable battery. This way if it dies, you
change it out with a new one. The iPhone lacks this capability. Once that
battery dies and will no longer hold a charge, you need a new phone. The reason
Apple is so quite about the battery is probably due to the current litigation
surrounding this. Is this hype or super phone? Neither one. The battery issue
definitely does not qualify it as a super phone. Apple has said very little so
there really is no hype involved. Perhaps we should just categorize this as
buyer beware.

What about that touch screen? This is where you see the Apple iPhone hyped to
the max. Is this super phone or hype? The touch screen is super sensitive. If
your phone hits up against something in your pocketbook, or knocks into
something while you are getting in and out of your car, you can end up calling
people or having your iPhone do something weird. The touch screen does allow
you to easily manipulate the iPhone. Overall, the touch screen ranks it as
super phone not hype. Just be careful with it. Next there is internet access.
All of the commercials for the Apple iPhone show it as a super phone when it
comes to internet access. You can use any WiFi to contact friends on Facebook
or watch content on YouTube. Well, the browser needs better search
capabilities. This is one area where the iPhone is lacking. Another is that the
iPhone's browser does not store password. This was most likely a security
feature that Apple built in. Personally, you are better off it does not store
your passwords. In general WiFi networks are not secure, and you do not want
your banking access information readily available to the public. Is this super
phone or hyper. I will give them super phone on this one although it is not any
different than any other smart phone out there.

The Apple iPhone, super phone or hype? It is looking like it comes out as a
super phone. Especially if you want the music and internet capabilities.

The Apple iPhone for Business

If you view the advertising for the Apple iPhone, you would think that it is
strictly for young adults to be used for pleasure. Most of the advertising
focuses on the iPhone's entertainment value. They focus on music, video, and
Facebook. Overall, not very business like. However, the Apple iPhone for
business purposes is something you do not see advertised much. Perhaps this is
due to the fact that the only service provider for the iPhone is AT&T and they
are not looking to cut anyone deals on iPhone services. Nevertheless, the
iPhone can be a useful business tool; one just has to decide if the cost is
worth it.

Is using the Apple iPhone for business really a viable option? It can be. Your
particular business situation will dictate if this phone is something your
company should consider or if it will be impractical. There are situations
where the iPhone will shine and then there are other situations that will make
it totally impractical.

You should consider the Apple iPhone for business if you need to stay in
contact with others constantly. This would include texting, chatting, email and
cell phone communications. An ideal example for an iPhone in a business
environment is a buyer for a retailer. When the buyer goes to shows or other
purchasing events, using the iPhone as a camera to send potential product to
management can give the competitive edge to your business. The fashion industry
lends itself to iPhone use. If you are attending the fashion shows in order to
see which designer lines to bring in, then the iPhone is what you need. You can
snap a picture or take a video of the hottest items still on the runway, send
them to purchasing and orders can be placed before the end of business that
day. If your business thrives on having the latest and greatest designer
fashion in your shop, then the sooner you can place orders for the upcoming
season, the more profitable you will be. If you do not get the new styles in
first, someone else will. Antique dealers and art collectors will benefit from
having an iPhone. There is no better way to send pictures of art and antiques
to clients and to your business than with an iPhone. When you are looking to
make purchases, you can keep customer wish lists with you, along with their
contact info. If you find something they are looking for, you can let them know
before you make an offer on the item. In a sense, you are pre-selling your
inventory! It does not get any better than that. These are some of the ways
that using the Apple iPhone for business purposes can be profitable. This would
justify the cost.

On the other hand, if you are in an environment that is less than safe for a
sensitive device like the iPhone then using the Apple iPhone for business
probably will not make much sense. Construction sites, factories, assembly
lines, shipping and receiving departments, and anything near water are not
favorable to iPhone usage. The touch screen is very sensitive. Dirt, debris,
water, moisture, grease and oil are not friends of the iPhone or any other cell
phone. Industrial environments are too tough for this delicate phone. It does
not handle being dropped well. There is a high risk of breaking the screen or
damaging the unit. This is really a phone for a less stressful environment. If
this is your particular business situation, then using the Apple iPhone for
business is not a wise investment.

Therefore, now that you understand which business applications are suitable for
iPhone use and which are not, you can decide where your business fits in. Should
you buy the Apple iPhone for business? If you can justify the high costs of the
phones, and using AT&T for your business cell phone service the perhaps it is
worth it. You are the one who knows your companies finances. If the iPhone fits
in then you can consider it. However, if you are in an industry that tends to be
rough on laptops and cell phones or if you require an industrial strength
walkie-talkie phone due to your working environment, then using the Apple
iPhone for your business is not a viable option. What should you decide on?

The Apple iPhone -- Downloads and Piracy

One of the biggest things that customers want they purchase a cell phone is
simplicity. People want to make their calls quickly and they need to be able to
access their contact lists without a fuss. The Apple iPhone makes this easy.
This is why is has become so popular. That popularity has its downfall. There
are many programs that can hack into the iPhone and undo the security that
Apple has put into it. So what is the link between with the Apple iPhone,
downloads and piracy?

It is amazing that Apple has been able to pack so many features into one small
device. The Apple iPhone includes widgets. These are simple but powerful
programs that allow you to keep tabs on things like the weather, stocks, news
and more. Everything that you could want or need to know is right there,
available for you to use whenever you need it.

Apple knew that downloads for their iPhone would be a hot commodity. Other
software manufacturers and programming gurus know this too. They are getting
into the downloadable software scene too. Many websites are geared to the
iPhone user. To find them all you need to do is search for them using your
favorite search engine. Some iPhone-approved websites are member's only sites
that offer unlimited content such as videos, movies, music, games, and more.
These websites also have free iPhone themes that you can load onto your iPhone.
On many iPhone sites, there are no download restrictions on content, music,
games or other items than can be transferred to your iPhone. The only
limitation is the space available on your phone. You might even be able to find
a website that offers a membership bonus, like the free software or CD's.

A popular feature with the iPhone is the ease in downloading. This is not
always easy however. Sometimes the iPhone can balk at high download speeds and
takes can take its time. Slow transfer rates frustrate many iPhone users. Many
younger users are used to instant downloading. Slow speeds frustrate them. For
teens and those in their early 20's, 15 seconds is a long time. Knowing about
potential lags in download time allows you to plan your downloads during
off-peak hours. This is the case with any download from the internet.

iPhone approved websites as well as non-approved (pirate sites) give you a
plethora of download options. There is a good reason to use an iPhone-approved
website. These sites ensure the highest standards in MP3 downloads and they
assure their membership that no malware will be hidden contained in downloads
or on the website. If you are more adventurous and very careful about spyware
and the like, you can use unauthorized websites. Unless your phone has a
problem, it may not seem like a big deal to use unauthorized software. However,
if you run into a problem, Apple will void the warranty and they may lock your
phone. This is one way that the Apple iPhone, downloads, and piracy are all

Apple does not allow others to produce software for the iPhone. This is due to
their proprietary operating system. However, third parties can produce
peripheral devices (like headphones and docking stations). Those restrictions
never bother hackers (both white and black hats). Not surprisingly, hackers
have broken into the iPhone's code. This is why you see ads for "unlocked"
iPhones. Pirated software disables the internal "firewall" of the iPhone, thus
making it possible to use other cell phone providers other than AT&T. Apple is
working at a frenzied pace on a firmware update to curtail pirating.

The apple iPhone, downloads, and piracy are hot topics on the internet. If you
are looking for expert advice for your iPhone, look no further than the
internet. You can find many blogs and websites with important iPhone
information. This is peripheral that combines function, fashion and form into
one. With a statement that an iPhone makes, why not see if an iPhone will work
for you.

Texting and the iPhone

Cell phones, IM, email and text messaging are all an integral part of daily
life in today's society. For those who were born into this communication
revolution, they expect instant contact with others and information. This is
where texting and the iPhone come into play. The Apple iPhone offers
unsurpassed accessibility, convenience, and technology, all rolled into one
very portable package. Texting and the iPhone, it has never been easier to stay
in touch.

Staying in contact is where the iPhone shines. It makes calling and keeping
track of your contact lists a breeze. Applications such as Facebook make it
possible to connect with your entire social network with just a few taps of the
screen. We communicate faster and more efficiently than ever before and with
your iPhone you can connect with just a touch or two of the screen. You can
make a call, send pictures and texts to a friend, or perhaps send email or chat
via IM. This is how you can stay in touch with your iPhone. Texting is a big
part of that communication capability.

The Apple iPhone truly excels when it comes to its texting features. No other
phone gives you the ease of use combined with constant connectivity. When
texting, your iPhone flags a word that it thinks is misspelled. You can
override this error flagging by telling your iPhone that this is a new word. To
teach this new word to your iPhone, tap the screen 3 times to cancel the
correction and the word will then become a part of your iPhone dictionary! The
iPhone seeks out the typos that you make when you are texting someone and it
fixes errors for you. This saves you a lot of time, because you don't have to
worry about going back and fixing them yourself. Texting and the iPhone have
made staying in contact easier than ever.

A feature that the iPhone has that teenagers will like is the ability to send
out a text message to more than one person at once. So when news that the
hottest band around will be coming to town soon, your teenager can tell
everyone they know about the news with just a few taps of the screen. Write a
message, select a list of recipients and send to as many people as you have in
your contact list! It is that simple.

Texting and the iPhone is more than just another way for teenagers to stay in
contact with one another. You can send texts to let clients know of a change in
plans or if you are caught in traffic. Send a quick text to see if your spouse
needs you to pickup something on the way home. Text the groomer to let them
know you are on your way to pick up Fido. Looking to buy a gift, text the
person to find out if they have a certain DVD or book. This is how we can all
live better using texting and the iPhone.

This little piece of technology combines form, fashion, and productivity into
one device. The iPhone has become a status symbol, especially with young adults
from their teens to their early thirties. If you are having trouble with texting
and your iPhone there are many blogs and forums where you can get expert advice
on what to do.

SIM Cards For Your iPhone

Here is the good news. It is easy to replace the SIM cards for you iPhone. You
have to decide what purpose you want these SIM cards to perform. Some offer
enhanced features to your iPhone. Many of these will work only with AT&T and
cannot be unlocked. Others will actually unlock the iPhone and allow you to use
it on any network, not just GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.

Here is the biggest problem with unlocked phones, you cannot just get them to
work on any network. The cell phone provider needs the phone information from
the inside of the phone in order to set up service. Therefore, in order to use
an unlocked iPhone on another network other than AT&T you will have to get a
SIM from a different phone and replace the SIM in your iPhone with that SIM. It
is not as easy as it first sounds. You first have to activate the first phone on
whatever network and then switch that SIM into an unlocked iPhone. So far so
good right? But how do you change the SIM? That is easy. Look near the
headphone jack. There is a little hole. Take a paper clip, unbend it, then poke
into the hole. The SIM holder, located under the home button, will open up and
allow you to remove the SIM. Another problem with changing the SIM of an
unlocked iPhone is they may not be the same size. So you may need to get a
plastic tray that helps the SIM fit into the iPhone's SIM tray better.

You can also get SIM cards for your iPhone that do not need to be unlocked.
Some of these offer better performance and additional features. These do not
have the same issues as the unlocked, but size still can be a problem. Many
will come with a plastic try that works as an adapter. For these SIM cards, all
you need to do is to swap out the SIM card, your phone should remain activated.
If you have trouble, contact the vendor of the SIM first, then contact Apple.

Where do you buy SIM cards for your iPhone? The place with the biggest
selection is eBay. As per usual, when shopping on eBay make sure you are
dealing with a reputable seller. Check the seller's ratings and feedback. Also
check their PayPal ratings. Never pay by check, cash, money order, or wire
transfer. Always use PayPal or your credit card. On eBay there are literally
hundreds of different SIM cards to chose from. Many have very vague
descriptions. In addition, many of the newer SIM for 1.1.1 and higher will
require a rather extensive unlock procedure. If you see terms like
iphoneSIMfree, Jailbreak, or AppTapp then you know you are dealing with a SIM
that will require an unlocked iPhone in order to use it.

Overall, changing and locating SIM cards for your iPhone is not a difficult
task. The problem lies with the SIM cards that can only be used in an unlocked
iPhone. If you are planning on unlocking the 1.1.1 and higher firmware be
prepared for a long drawn out process or be prepared to pay iphoneSIMfree for
their version of an unlock. Then you have the issue of finding a way to use the
unlocked iPhone on another network. The iPhone supposedly only works on a GSM
network, which translates to AT&T or T-Mobile in the US. Exactly how these
other SIM get the iPhone to work on a non-GSM network is something I have been
unable to figure out. All in all be careful when purchasing SIM cards for your
iPhone. Know what you are buying.

Photography with Your iPhone

There are an amazing amount of features available for you to use on the iPhone.
In particular, your iPhone contains a two megapixel, high quality digital
camera. This is great news for shutterbugs, as you do not have to take a camera
and a cell phone with you. All you need is your iPhone. Digital photography with
your iPhone has never been easier. Instead of using your cell phone to talk,
just point and "click" actually tap your finger, to get great high resolution
pictures that you can immediately send to everyone on your contact list. If you
are even remotely interested in digital photography with your iPhone, you should
give it a try to see how easy it really is. Even a beginner can take excellent
photographs with the iPhone's built in camera.

With your Apple iPhone close at hand, you never have to worry missing a chance
to snap a great photograph. It is very easy to store and display all of your
special photos. Just a tap of your finger will reveal all of the photos you
have saved on your iPhone. In addition, when you take your pictures you have
the option of posting them straight into a Mac Photo Gallery. This phone is an
amateur photographer's dream come true. With your iPhone, you are always ready
to capture the perfect photo opportunity. See news or traffic happening, many
news stations will pay for photos and short videos taken at a scene, even if
you are an amateur. Wouldn't it be nice to earn a few dollars with your cell

The iPhone makes showing off your pictures quick and easy because you can share
them almost instantaneously after taking the pictures. You can also easily
synchronize your Apple iPhone to your PC or Mac, therefore allowing for further
distribution and printing of your pictures. Worries about missing great photo
opportunities are a thing of the past when you carry a camera in your cell
phone. The Apple iPhone's camera is well above the average cell phone standard
of 1.5 megapixels. Your iPhone boasts a high resolution, two megapixel camera
that is ready to use whenever you want to take a picture. If you are familiar
with camera phones, you will find that photography with your iPhone results in
picture quality that rivals those from a higher priced digital camera. Even in
less than ideal situations such as poor lighting, the iPhone's camera
automatically adjusts to make every photograph you take look fabulous. With the
Apple iPhone as your camera you are only limited by creativity and available
space on your phone.

Photography with your iPhone is just one of the many capabilities of this cell
phone. It is more like a all in one device that it is a cell phone. Combining a
camera, cell phone, MP3 player, as well as the ability to search the internet
and send texts and emails, you have a device that does it all. The iPhone by
Apple is a piece of technology combines form, fashion, and productivity into
one device. They have put a lot of functionality into the iPhone and the
ability to take and share high quality, digital photographs was not overlooked.
This is not surprising, as they have been in the computer and peripheral market
for a long time.

Music On The Go With The Apple iPhone

Some people say that variety is the spice of life. This is very true. It is
also true for music. In addition, if you have an iPhone there is no better way
to have your music on the go. It does not matter where you are heading off to;
everyone wants music in his or her life. Taking it with you is definitely the
way to go. Having your music with you is almost a requirement these days. Once
upon a time you would need to schlep around a CD player with you. Now, with the
iPhone, your music is always close at hand. Today you can have music on the go
with the apple iPhone.

The portable CD player is now a thing of the past. Digital music is available
as MP3's. These files are easily carried with you be it in a MP3 player or an
iPhone. As an Apple iPhone owner, you can bring all of your favorite music with
you, and it is right there at your fingertips. Those of you who have the Apple
iPhone do not have to fret about having to bring along a separate MP3 player to
listen to your music. All of the tunes you love to listen to are right there on
their cell phone. The music is available to play whenever and where ever you
are ready to listen to it. When it's time to rock out, you are ready to roll.

The Apple iPhone makes retrieving your favorite tunes a snap. Just a touch of a
finger and you can quickly browse through all of your music. You can sort and
retrieve it by play lists, albums, artists, or songs. How you organize it is up
to you. What if you cannot think of the album name? If you remember what the
album looks like you can use program such as Cover Flow to make it easy for you
to locate your favorite albums based on the graphics presented on the album
cover. It's more than just music on the go with the Apple iPhone, it's an
entire music library.

Do you like karaoke? If you love to sing a long with your favorite song but the
words elude you fear not, as long as you downloaded the music from iTunes, you
can have the words appear right there on the screen. It's not a phone, it's a
personal karaoke machine, compliments of your iPhone. It really doesn't get any
better than this.

Wait a minute, you don't have an iPhone? Where can you get one? Go to any AT&T
store, they will have them. On the other hand, you can get them online. These
phones may be smart, but they are quite expensive. Be sure to check for
bargains no matter where you shop. In addition, take the time to get insurance
on them. If they break you want AT&T to foot the bill, not you. If you are not
an AT&T customer, see if they will give you a good deal on an iPhone if you
switch over to their service. The cell phone business is extremely competitive,
so be sure to bargain and haggle with them. You will be surprised at what might
happen. If you want your music on the go with the Apple iPhone, then you are
going to need and iPhone to be on the go with. Buy one, enjoy it and listen to
all the music you can possibly fit onto a single phone.

Marketing with Your iPhone

When most people think about the iPhone they think of the younger generation
talking, sending texts to millions of other teens, sharing photos, and more
talking. That's what corporate America is beginning to see, especially those
with savvy marketing departments. Smaller to medium sized businesses have
really started to pay attention to what the younger set is doing with their
iPhones and how they socialize. It is very different from what most of us grew
up with. What these businesses have discovered is a virtual gold mine for sales
opportunities. This is how marketing with your iPhone can help to increase your
bottom line.

Using a phone for marketing is not something revolutionary and new. Ever since
man discovered the telephone, it has been used for sales and marketing
purposes. However, in today's competitive markets, how you use the telephone is
more important than ever before. Let's take a look and see how marketing with
your iPhone can generate more business for your company.

First of all, you will need an account with several of the social marketing
websites that are out there. If you are specifically looking to target iPhone
users, who happen to have more disposable income than others. This is based on
the fact that they can afford a $500-600 cell phone. The websites you should be
specifically looking into are Facebook and YouTube. No, these websites are not
just for kids. Here is how powerful using social websites can be. Take Facebook
for example. Have a programmer write a Facebook application for you to upload.
This is not difficult and almost anyone with some knowledge of C++ or other
language can do this for you. Have this application be unique and desirable.
Perhaps make it a game, or a contact manager. Then offer a very desirable
feature that can only be retrieved if they visit your website. For example,
there is a fish tank application that offers glitter fish and other critters
for your tank. You can only get these fish if you visit a website first.

Now here is how this marketing with your iPhone helps you. Your application
gets downloaded by Susie who loves it. She also wants your special feature so
she visits your website, which happens to sell upscale shoes, handbags and
accessories. She fell in love with your product and ordered a bag. Then she
sent a notice to all of her friends about your application. Then those contacts
also visited your website and sent out more links and information about your
application and website to others. The "viral" marketing has started and you
really did not have to do much other than getting the application uploaded to
Facebook. In a nutshell, this is how you can start marketing with your iPhone.

The iPhone plays a huge part in this marketing scenario listed above. You as a
salesperson or marketer can use your iPhone to rate the uploaded application,
keep track of who is downloading it, post messages to the blog about how great
it is and invite everyone who has downloaded it to be your friend. Now, your
list of friends becomes your potential customer database. You can send out
special sales to these people because you know they fit into your companies
demographics. More and more businesses are starting to catch onto this concept.
This is one way that you can start marketing with your iPhone. YouTube is
another avenue for marketing with your iPhone. There are so many ways you can
use this website and your iPhone to market your business. Musicians can post
demo videos out there. Companies that are offering a product can post a sample
advertisement or an additional advertisement out there. Keep in mind that
iPhone users can download and save these videos to their iPhones and readily
share them with everyone. You want your video to be entertaining, worth sharing
and effective. Selling blenders? Why not do a video on how not to use your
blender. Same thing with vacuum cleaners.

As you can see, marketing with your iPhone can take your business into areas
that only a few are utilizing. However, each day more and more companies are
joining in the social marketing revolution. Now is the time to get in on this,
before everyone else does and it becomes no different that junk mail, spam, and

iPhones on eBay

Can you buy an iPhone on eBay? Yes, you can. However, there are important
things to watch out for if you want to buy iPhones on eBay. With eBay it is
always caveat emptor -- buyer beware. This is true when you are looking to
purchase iPhones on eBay as well. If you take measures to be sure that you know
what you are buying, then you can get a really great deal on an iPhone. However,
if you are not careful, you will be disappointed and possibly out of a lot of
money. This is what you need to be aware of when buying iPhones on eBay.

First, know what you are buying and if you are not sure ask the seller before
you bid. Some things to look out for are conflicting information between the
title and the extended description. For example there was a listing for an
unlocked 16 GB iPhone. That is what the title said. In the description is
stated very clearly that this phone is locked but then went on to say that they
are using it with T-Mobile, so it is clearly unlocked. The best way to resolve
issues like this is to send the seller an email and ask for clarification. Save
this email and the response you get so that if you are the winning bidder you
have recourse if the iPhone is not as described.

Know the difference between unlocked and locked. Unlocked means that the
firmware has been hacked and now you can insert any chip that will work on ST&T
or T-Mobile's networks. If you use T-Mobile you will lose the visual voice mail,
which is an AT&T exclusive feature. In the US the iPhone will work only on cell
phone networks AT&T and T-Mobile. This has nothing to do with the chip and
everything to do with the wiring. The iPhone will only work on the radio
frequencies that AT&T and T-Mobile provide. The terms "unlocked" and "new,
unopened box" are incompatible. You have to open up the box and hack into the
firmware in order to unlock the iPhone. Apple does not ship unlocked iPhones.
In order to hack into the iPhone you must open the box, and hook the iPhone up
to a computer. This is hardly unopened. Locked means that the firmware that
Apple shipped the phone with is intact and untouched. These phones will only
activate and work on the AT&T network. However, a locked phone has no issues or
troubles with any firmware upgrades whereas an unlocked phone must be careful
when updating to be sure they do not re-lock the iPhone.

Another thing to look out for when buying iPhones on eBay is to know if the
phone is refurbished, new, or used. A refurbished iPhone is one that Apple
(hopefully) has taken from not working properly to a like new state. This is a
great way to get an inexpensive iPhone. However, an ethical seller will clearly
state that this is a refurbished item. Les scrupulous sellers may not disclose
this. If unsure, ask. New and used are self-explanatory.

Be alerted to the fact that there are phones that are similar in appearance to
the iPhone but they are not iPhones. On eBay, you will see phones called A88,
iPhone, PDA, cell phone... These are not Apple iPhones, they are iPhone look
alike. Make sure that the manufacturer of any iPhone you purchase is Apple and
not CECT.

Finally make sure that you are aware of the sellers return policies and only
pay through PayPal using a credit card or pay directly with a credit card.
Never pay with cash, checks, Western Union, wire transfers or money orders.
This way if you are sold a fraudulent item, you have recourse through your
credit card company or PayPal. Buyers who do not take credit cards or PayPal
are questionable so once again remember caveat emptor, buyer beware.

eBay tries to make their venue a safe place to purchase items. An educated
consumer stands the best chance of getting a good deal. Before you buy iPhones
on eBay do a little research to be sure you are getting exactly what you are
looking for.

iPhone and Ringtones

Apple knows what customers want, and they created the Apple iPhone with this in
mind. This is one of the reasons the iPhone has become so popular. Your iPhone
and ringtones are something to really rave about. There are many ways to
customize your ringtones. Giving users the ability to personalize the way their
phone rings is something that appeals particularly well to the younger crowd.
They love to customize everything and to have a selection of ringtones be
limitless is something teens and young adults all want. Here we will talk more
about the iPhone and ringtones.

In addition to its cell phone capabilities, your iPhone combines the
organization of a PDA, the music of an MP3 player, and a camera all rolled up
into one device. There are so many applications, features, and ways to
customize it that it boggles the mind. With the ability to customize sounds and
music, your iPhone and ringtones is one way of making your phone an extension of
your personality. Whether you like animals sounds, voices, jazz, rock,
synthesizes sounds or something completely different, your iPhone will ring
just the way you design it too. This is one of the many features that make the
iPhone very popular. This phone really caters to our ego.

Customizing ringtones is something that the iPhone is renowned for. When you
customize your ringtone, you know that it is special and that you can
immediately pick it out from all the other ringtones in the surrounding area.
Apple has made it easier than ever to find just the right ringtone for your
iPhone. When you have a cell phone, one of the features that you want is to be
able to personalize your phone by choosing your own ringtone. With some phones,
it can be frustrating because you have a limited amount of ringtones to choose
from. That is not the case with the Apple iPhone. With the iPhone, you can take
any MP3 file and change it into your own personalized ringtone. Play the MP3,
change the way it sounds through the playback features and you can save it to
use as a ringtone if you desire. This is a great feature and if you have the
time to put into it you can customize a ringtone for everyone on your contact
list. You will know who is calling without ever looking at your phone. All you
have to do is remember who has which ringtone, and you are in business. You are
only limited by your imagination and the amount of memory available on your

There is so much that iPhone offers that it is impossible to list everything
that it can do in a single article. The iPhone and ringtones are one way that
this phone stands out from all of the others. Giving the iPhone the ability to
customize ringtones was sheer genius. This is truly a young person's cell
phone. The combination of customizable MP3's and internet access makes this a
fun phone for the young professional on the go. Having you own personalized
ringtone can make a statement about who you are. Apple has been making
computers and peripheral devices for many years now. It is no wonder that they
have made the iPhone so versatile and functional.

How to Unlock Your iPhone

How to unlock your iPhone. Can this be done? Yes, you can unlock your iPhone
and use it on another network other than AT&T. This method first became public
in August 2007. Both PC Magazine and MacWorld have published instructions on
how to unlock your iPhone. Be sure that you are running the iPhone firmware
that is 1.0.2 or earlier, do not upgrade your phone to 1.1.1 or later as this
will relock your phone. Here is how to unlock your iPhone.

Step one -- be sure you have your iPhone; the data cable and a great connection
to WiFi access. Before you begin, cancel the iTunes helper that is running in
the background on your PC or Mac. For the PC, bring up the task manager and in
the process tab find the iTunes helper and click end process or kill process.
On the Mac, go to the activity monitor and select the iTunes helper, then click
on the Quit Process button.

Step two -- go to the website and
download the file, then unzip it to your PC or Mac desktop. Also, download and
unzip to your desktop, www.widgx.or/ Once you have these
files unzipped and available on your desktop, you are ready to begin unlocking
your iPhone.

Step three -- get iTunes version 7.4.12 from Install this on
your computer. When we start the unlock process you may get a message to
upgrade iTunes, ignore this message; do not upgrade.

Step four -- if you are not unlocking your iPhone new and out of the box, then
backup all of your content; music, videos, photos, applications, everything to
your Mac or PC. If you leave it on the iPhone and do not back it up, you will
lose all of your content forever.

Step five -- put your iPhone into restore mode. To do this press and hold the
following 2 buttons at the same time -- the sleep/wake button and the home
button. Continue holding these two buttons at the same time until you see a
yellow warning triangle, then let go. Ignore all other icons and wait for the
triangle. Ignore the Apple logo, which may appear several times. Once the
triangle appears, let go of the buttons.

Step six -- be sure that you have the firmware version 1.0.2 on your desktop.
Then launch iTunes, you will see a message that iTunes detected your iPhone in
restore mode. Press the shift key then press restore. This is very important
that you press and hold the shift key before you click on restore. You will
then get a message asking you what firmware you want to restore to. Choose
1.0.2 by double clicking on it. Then wait. This will take a little bit of time,
your iPhone will go through several different cycles as it installs the
firmware, leave everything finish and do not touch your computer or phone until
this step completes. When this step completes, close iTunes.

Step seven -- Open the folder that you downloaded earlier. Look for the AppTapp
installer. Launch the AppTapp installer. When prompted for the firmware version
choose version 1.0.2. Then click install. This will take some time as the
program will be downloading and installing files to your computer. Make sure no
other programs are running at this time. Your iPhone will cycle through a few
times, let everything go. When it is done click on OK. The install bar may not
go all the way to the end, but when your iPhone goes back to the world screen
and the black screen closes on your computer, you are done.

Step eight -- Go to the folders that you downloaded earlier, and look in the
backup folder for a file that says point and click here for activation. Then
click on the file that says CLICK HERE. A message will ask you if you are
ready, just hit any key to continue. Once this is done, turn the phone off,
then on again. Now you are ready to insert the SIM of your choice into your

Step nine -Turn off your phone. Using a paper clip, unfold it. Then insert it
into the hole located next to the headphone jack. This opens up the SIM holder.
Remove and replace the SIM with whatever SIM you prefer. Turn on your iPhone and
that's it. This is how to unlock your iPhone.

Features of your iPhone

The features of your Apple iPhone are so numerous that to list them all would
fill an eBook. Your iPhone includes widgets that help you to keep up to date
with things such as the weather, stock reports, and anything else that you
might wish to keep your eye on. Everything that you could desire or need to
know is right there, available for you to use whenever you need it. It is this
ease of use combined with a plethora of features that has made the iPhone so

The iPhone not only is a great phone and camera, but it is also a wonderful way
to get rid of boredom. With the Apple iPhone, you take the ability to find out
everything that you need right there on your cell phone. The features of your
iPhone include accessibility, convenience, and technology, all rolled into one
very portable package. It is able to be used by professional and novice users
alike. The Apple iPhone is one of the most amazing pieces of technology that is
available today. It makes no difference what you are looking for in a cell
phone; you will find that the iPhone delivers it fully.

The Apple iPhone is equipped with something called an SMS application, which
includes a QWERTY soft keyboard that is highly intelligent. This phone
literally has it all -- phone, Internet access, games, music, and a built-in
digital camera. The iPhone reacts to the gentlest touch to the sensors embedded
into the screen's surface. This allows the user to perform a variety of tasks
such as dialing, scrolling, or searching, by using the screen. It does not get
any easier. It is also a breeze to adjust the volume on your iPhone so that you
do not disturb the people around you. If you can operate a DVD player then you
can use an iPod. The controls are very similar to each other. You can play,
stop, rewind and pause, just like on the remotes you are used to. The Apple
iPhone has an maple screen of 3.5 inches and this allows you to enjoy anything
that you rented or purchased from the form iTunes or downloaded from YouTube.

The iPhone comes with three choices of capacity -- 6 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB. A major
complaint is that the iPhone lacks any ability to expand the memory. Connecting
to the internet is one of the iPhone's featured abilities, many feel that the
search tools need massive improvement in their functionality. Furthermore users
state that the browser has difficulty saving password information. The
touch-screen makes scrolling really a breeze. The iPhone lets you adjust the
size of the fonts to make reading more enjoyable. It has a magnifying glass
feature that lets you zoom in on a single word or section of words. To access
the magnifying glass, just tap and hold the screen. Focusing on the area you
are editing makes it easier to view your work on this smaller screen. These
features of your iPhone make reading and editing email and texts easy.

There are many blogs and forums where you can get expert advice on how to use
your iPhone. The iPhone has become a status symbol. This little piece of
technology combines form, fashion, and productivity into one device. With so
many features of your iPhone to explore, it could take weeks before you
understand its full functionality. Apple has been making computers and
peripheral devices for many years now. It is no wonder that they have made the
iPhone so versatile and functional.

Customize Your iPhone with Accessories

One of the biggest features that people want when they purchase a cell phone is
simplicity. They want to be able to make their calls quickly and easily, without
having to fret about locating the number that they are searching for. Apple
knows what customers want, and they take created the Apple iPhone with this in
mind. This is one of the reasons this phone has become so popular. Another
reason is that you can customize your iPhone with accessories.

The power of the iPhone is like an uncapped volcano. There are so many
applications, features, and ways to customize it that it boggles the mind. The
Apple iPhone includes widgets that help you to keep up to date with things such
as the weather, stock reports, sports, and anything else that you might desire
to keep a close eye on. Everything that you could desire or need to know is
right there, available for you to use whenever you need it. The Apple iPhone
offers unsurpassed accessibility, convenience, and technology, all rolled into
one very portable package. Your iPhone combines the organization of a PDA, the
music of an MP3 player, and a camera all rolled up into one device. It is
customizable to suit your exact needs and no two people use their iPhone in the
same way. It is powerful enough to be used by professionals and easy enough
novice users to get started with it quickly.

What can you do to add to the enjoyment from your iPhone? Can you customize
your iPhone with accessories? You are in luck because there are many ways to
customize and add accessories to your iPhone. First, you can purchase the
iPhone case or wallet. Your iPhone will then travel with you by hooking onto
your pants, belt, or hang from a shoulder strap. Another accessory that is a
must have for ease of use while driving or hands free mobility, is a Bluetooth
headset for your iPhone. This is a requirement for using your cell phone in
your car in many states. It is also a safety issue. You should always drive
hands free. For cell phone users on the move, there is a sports band available.
This accessory is used to attach your iPhone to your arm while jogging, walking,
or exercising so you can keep in touch with everyone.

Skins and screens are another way to personalize your iPhone's look. The skin
pictures are fashionable and attractive but unobtrusive. They maintain access
to the essential controls of your iPhone such as those used for navigation,
charging connections, and access to the touch-screen. If you desire variety,
buy many skins and change the look of your iPhone to match your mood or your
clothing. Another option that is a must is a screen protector. The screen
protector reduces damage from scratches and dirt. Most skins fit over the
screen protector however; you can buy some skins that come with a screen
protector already built in. When the screen protectors get dirty, just replace
them. The skins are inexpensive enough so that when they get soiled you can
replace them instead of trying to wash them.

In addition to being able to customize your iPhone with accessories, there is
so much that it offers that it is impossible to list everything that it can do.
Apple has put a lot of functionality into the iPhone. This is not surprising, as
they have been in the computer and peripheral market for a long time.

Apple iPhone and AT&T

The Apple iPhone and AT&T, is exclusivity a good thing? The answer to the
question depends on what side of the market you fall. If you are a consumer,
exclusive agreements are rarely a good thing. On the other hand, if you are a
retailer or provider of services, exclusive contracts can help increase
profitability and market share. Here is a discussion of both sides of this coin.

Apple entered into an agreement with AT&T so that AT&T is the official and
exclusive provider of cell phone service for Apple's highly coveted iPhone. If
you happen to be Apple or AT&T this is a great thing. Apple makes money off of
the sale of every iPhone and it collects royalties from AT&T for every cell
phone contract sold to an iPhone user. Not a bad deal for Apple. AT&T profits
because in theory every Apple iPhone sold will have to activate an AT&T cell
phone agreement. Nice piece of the cell phone service pie for AT&T. As far as
these two companies go, there is a lot of money to be made from this agreement.
Furthermore, it saves Apple the hassle of having to make different phones or
different SIM cards for all of the major cell phone service providers. From the
perspective of Apple and AT&T this is a great arrangement. However, this
agreement of the Apple iPhone and AT&T has opened up the door to a massive
hacking movement. I am not sure that this is such a bad thing for Apple,
although they claim different. Owning and using an unlocked phone is a status
symbol in itself. A way of "sticking it" to corporate America. Apple may just
be selling more phones because of this. It is free and effective advertising
resulting in sales for Apple. I'm sure AT&T does not appreciate the hacking, as
they have nothing to gain from it. This is the corporate end of the Apple iPhone
and AT&T equation.

What does the exclusive agreement with the Apple iPhone and AT&T mean to the
consumer? It means that there is a limited way of acquiring this phone. If you
already have a relationship with a cell phone service provider other than AT&T
and do not wish to change, then owning an iPhone is going to be difficult. What
if you love the iPhone's music and content features but do not want to use it as
a cell phone. The Apple iPod does not offer internet access. One of the main
selling points of the iPhone is internet abilities and music functionality. If
you love MP3's, videos, TV shows, and movies then the iPhone is a dream come
true. However as soon as you go to open up your iTunes account and plug your
phone into your computer you will be asked to sign up for AT&T's cell phone
service with your credit card. If you do not pass their credit check or if you
do not want to use AT&T this limits you and actually excludes you from using
the iPhone. In this scenario the Apple iPhone and AT&T agreement is bad for
consumers because it limits free and open competition in the marketplace. AT&T
has no incentive to offer any deals on cell phone service to iPhone customers.

However, no one likes to be excluded not even once. Stating you have an
exclusive agreement is an open invitation to every hacker on earth to prove
your agreement is not exclusive and they will find a work around. This is
exactly what has happened and in this case the consumer may have a partial
victory. There are free unlocks available for your iPhone on YouTube for
versions of their firmware up to 1.1.3. There are software programs available
for under $100 that will unlock your iPhone in seconds, with just a few clicks.
An unlocked phone will work with T-Mobile and AT&T in the US or on any other
standard GSM cell phone network. All you will need ids the correct SIM card. In
addition, with the unlocks available, you do not have to use the cell phone
service at all. You will still be able to download content to your phone either
via your computer or via WiFi. Furthermore, you can get Skype VOIP service for
your iPhone and get around the whole cell phone issue entirely. This is how the
Apple iPhone and AT&T agreement has ended up. It looks like in the long run AT&T
could be the loser.

Websites for Your iPhone

You have seen all of the ads. The Apple iPhone is one of the few phones that
are truly internet friendly. There are many places to visit with a mobile
phone, but depending on your phone and connection speeds, you may be seriously
disappointed. The iPhone has revolutionized how we access the internet with our
cell phones. If you don't believe this, just take a look at how many websites
offer iPhone content. There are a number of really good websites for your
iPhone. The ones listed below are just a few of them.

Facebook is a website that seems to have been designed for an iPhone. There are
many mobile applications available for free downloading on Facebook. A visit to
this website via your Apple iPhone will allow you to share photos, thoughts,
ideas, and more with your entire social network. Online social networking
websites are becoming more popular everyday. If you do not believe this just
look at how many new Facebook and MySpace accounts are opened everyday. This is
not just for children. With Facebook and an iPhone, you can stay in touch with
your teenagers. It's easy to keep tabs on them if you have them list you as a
friend in their Facebook profile. This way with a few taps of the screen, you
can see who their friends are. You will know where they are going and what they
are doing because you can easily ask them. This is one way to make websites for
your iPhone work for you.

Another website for your iPhone is YouTube. The movies and other items
available for download on YouTube are iPhone compatible. You do not need a
converter application to download and view content from YouTube on your iPhone.
YouTube and Apple have worked together on this so that with your iPhone your
access to the fun on YouTube is quick and easy. This comes in handy when you
are on a trip or away from your computer and boredom is setting in. YouTube has
a lot to offer. From the funny to the absurd to things of a more serious nature,
you can always find something there to entertain you. Have bored kids in the
back of the car? Hand them YouTube on your iPhone and let them watch short
clips from the Muppet Show. Sitting in a waiting room for what seems like an
eternity? Why not check out the content on YouTube and other websites to keep
you from being bored to tears. After all, it is much better than just sitting
there listening to your hair grow.

Another website that is a must visit for Apple iPhone users is iTunes. This is
where you can download a plethora of content for your iPhone. With what seems
like an endless supply of movies, TV shows, eBooks and music, you could
literally spend days searching and downloading everything that appealed to you.
This is how iTunes and other websites for your iPhone help keep you entertained.

These are just three of the most popular websites for your iPhone. The great
thing about this is that you can access them via your Apple iPhone or with your
PC or MAC. How about that for easy access. Has the iPhone revolutionized the
communication industry? Perhaps not single-handedly but it sure has contributed
to it.

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