Wednesday, June 27, 2007

iPhone envy

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So, how desperate are you for that iPhone? For $100 to $300, you can pay someone to stand in line for you outside a local Apple or AT&T retail store... [more]

The iPhone will go on sale Friday. There are two versions, one for $499 and the other for $599. Service plans will start at $59.99 a month. The $59.99 plan will give users 450 minutes. More minutes will be available with monthly $79.99 and $99.99 plans.

All three plans include unlimited data, Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, roll-over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling.

Although the first reviews of the Apple (AAPL) iPhone were glowing (see links here and Josh Quittner's review of the reviewers here), all agreed that there were features that were either missing or not quite up to snuff. Not to fear. If past behavior is any guide, Steve Jobs is likely to start filling in those missing pieces...

PC World offers "iPhone Versus Your Phone: Tips to Avoid iPhone Envy" --- here's a crunch:

Your phone already has a few iPhone features, you just need to know how to hotwire your mobile! Sign up with CallWave, a free service that sends copies of your messages to your e-mail. Alternatively, you can try the Web-based GotVoice, which grabs your new voice-mail messages, records them as MP3 files, and sends them to your chosen e-mail address.

NormSoft's PocketTunes, a $38 application for all Palm Treo phones, not only handles music downloads from Yahoo Music Engine, Napster To Go, and Rhapsody To Go (among other subscription services) but also enables Internet radio reception and can be pimped up with dozens of downloadable skins.

If you have a Windows Mobile-based smart phone from any mobile carrier, Mercora's M music player can give you remote access to songs stored on your PC and let you tune in to Internet radio broadcasts; all you do is download a small app to your phone and PC. The service costs $5 per month or $50 per year.

For live streaming of real-time television and radio, get MobiTV for any Java-enabled phone.

MobilePanda's freeware MobilePhoto is a small PC program that lets you manipulate photos you want to transfer to your phone for viewing or to use as wallpaper. Just choose your phone model from a list, and it properly resizes shots to suit your handset's screen size.

Google Maps offers a mobile version for any Internet-enabled cell phone. And while iPhones can view only the static maps, many other phones from the major carriers offer GPS mapping with traffic updates. Telenav, the leading GPS app, is available for most Java-enabled phones.

Also check out The Free Site's Mobile Phone Freebies. The site is filled to the brim with programs that work on lots of phones, just not the iPhone.

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