Best way to get an iPhone 3G is to order from an AT&T Store

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Turnout appears to be heaviest at Apple’s retail locations, however many AT&T locations still be managing to sell out in under an hour. At stores where stock has run out AT&T is accepting orders that will arrive within the next few days. Alleyinsider surveyed 10 AT&T stores in the New York City area. All 10 were out of iPhone stock today.

iPhone for Business

If you are a business with an “AT&T”: account, you can buy the iPhone 3G via their “Premier”: portal support system. You just have to make sure you are eligible and the company pays your wireless bills. And you get an 8% discount on top of everything if you have five or more CRUs.

They have a different rate plan system which i can almost “understand”:

# Enterprise data plan. $45. I’m not clear on the exact difference, but if they mirror Blackberry, then this means you can access Exchange. They require Exchanger Server 2003 SP2 or 2007.
# Unlimited text messaging. $20. This is now debundled (and very expensive!), but there is a $15 for 1500 texts ($0.10 per text) and 200 for $5.

On the “voice”: side, they mirror the FamilyTalk plans, but basically they have a Business Pooled Nation plan (what kind of name is that) where you can share minutes with all what they call Corporate Responsibility Users (CRUs). That means folks for whom the bill is paid for by the company and the agreement is with the company.

These plans are up to $155 for 3000 minutes/users. Now these are all shared and they rollover, so it is a great way to manage a big minute pool effectively. And of course all mobile-to-mobile are free, US long distance is included. The smallest bucket is $45 for 450 minutes, so you’d have to really analyze if this works better than a FamilyTalk plan if you’ve got users with big variances in usage.

With non-iPhone’s the FamilyTalk charge is $10 per “additional user”: to add to your plan. However, with iPhone’s, they don’t provide that kind of discount. It is hard to tell with the bundling, but they only allow three lines per iPhone and essentially, the data can’t be bundled or “shared”: So the math is:

$60 FamilyTalk plan + $30 data + $30 data = $120

And if you have phones which are say Blackberry, you can add them as bundles too.

iPhone OS 2.0 nearly jailbroken

Hurry, these guys are geniuses. Means hopefully you’ll be about to unlock the phone so you could use it on another carrier and still use the many freeware applications out there as well.

Unlock/jailbreak for iPhone OS 2.0 imminent (screenshot) – iPhone Atlas

The iPhone Dev team has posted a screenshot, seen below, of an iPhone running OS 2.0 with both the App Store (Apple’s third-party application solution) and (the unofficial third-party application solution) running side-by-side. The iPhone is also unlocked, per the MTS carrier logo — MTS is an unsupported wireless carrier.

ifixit and engadget fly to new zealand to get first iphone 3Gs

!iFixit iPhone 3G First Look

Apparently 24 hour ahead there were 5 people in line at the Vodafone store and by 8AM there were 90 people in line!

Some great tidbits, they include a little steel thingy so you can push out the SIM card, you can take screen shots by holding the HOME and the On/off key, you can use a regular headphone now (yeah!).

BTW ifixit is going through all the parts and figuring out who is supplying what.

Sync Server spinning

I’ve had problems with sync between Entourage and iCal and sometime i get process Sync server running wild. So how to really break the link? It isn’t documented anywhere how this kind of syncing works. Even when you tell Entourage not to sync, I still see the Sync Server running. “Austin Kinsella1”: points out that the information is in ~/Library/Application Support/SyncServices so I tried deleting everything there.

How to replace your original iPhone with the 3G

Because the first iPhone was unsubsidized, you just need to extend your contract by two years and then you end up with a new iPhone 3G and you have an old iPhone you can play with. iPhone 3G FAQ: How to replace your original iPhone with new iPhone 3G – iPhone Hacks

iPhone owners in the US:
If you are in the US then you don’t need your original SIM as the new iPhone 3G includes a SIM. Your original iPhone account information will be transferred to iPhone 3G’s SIM at the time of purchase.

AT&T reveals Rate plans for iPhone 3G, Upgrade Policy & No-contract iPhone 3G – iPhone Hacks

The 8GB iPhone 3G model will be available for $199 while the 16GB model will be available for $299 pricing for the following customers:

* iPhone customers who purchased before July 11
* Customers activating a new line with AT&T
* Current AT&T customers who are eligible, at the time of purchase, for an upgrade discount

AT&T reveals Rate plans for iPhone 3G, Upgrade Policy & No-contract iPhone 3G – iPhone Hacks

(you can check your eligibility to upgrade here)

Time Capsule running hot

I’ve noticed that Time Capsules can really run hot. I haven’t figured it out, but it looks like something keeps accessing them. “Speculation”: is that if you have the Time Capsule drives mounted on a Mac, then the hard disk stays spinning.

I’ve had mine stacked and that seems to be bad too. You want them to be separate and some folks put them on little legs to get ventilation underneath. I unstacked them and they are much cooler now.

“Macrumors”: found that they are 114F or 45C when they are just sitting there standalone and when stacked they are warmer still. The main issue is that the Time Capsule fan blows downward and it isn’t effective and small, so it needs to be a little higher to work. A couple of pairs of nickles seem to help to give it a little height.

128GB SSDs

Paradise awaits as 64GB Solid-state disks are falling. The MacBook Air SSD version just came down from $3100 to $2600 last week. Now Samsung has a cheaper technology called multi-cell so 128GB are coming this year and 256GB sometime later. This is going to be a real boon for laptop users, so hang on!

PC World – Samsung Puts 128G-byte SSDs Into Mass Production

Samsung Electronics is mass producing solid-state drives with a 128G-byte capacity, and will begin production of a 256G-byte product later this year, the company said Wednesday.