Heres the story on the non-wifi movement
"Apple Caves To Cingular iPhone Demands
April 1, 9:13 AM source: FCC / Apple
Newly spotted FCC documents provide the final details and specs of Apple's iPhone, and it no longer includes Wi-Fi. The iPhone was approved for GSM/EDGE 850 and 1900, and Bluetooth, but the lack of Wi-Fi certification in the FCC pages shows that AT&T (Cingular) may have won a round at the negotiating table with Apple. The user manual submitted to the FCC also shows that Apple's planned set of "widgets" have mostly been replaced with links to Cingular services such as Cingular Video and MEdia Mall. An Apple spokesperson told Phone Scoop that Wi-Fi was dropped to save battery life. The iPhone is already without a 3G data radio. For it to lose Wi-Fi is a major blow to Apple and the device itself. Also, at the recent CTIA show, AT&T revealed initial pricing for the plans associated with the iPhone. A 600-minute plan with unlimited data will run $179.99 per month. An analyst from Yankee Group said that if consumers are "gullible enough to pay $600 for the iPhone then they can afford the high monthly fees."
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My information comes from working for Cingular Wireless, it's all about money. The reduction of Wifi being on the launched device means people are stuck using the Edge internet speeds, which inturns means a boost in data plans since people wont be able to have a wifi option and get their own internet to the device. Wireless companies want you to spend money not save.. its bad to say but its the truth lol.
How is wifi closed down? What the hell are these people on about? If you are going to start talking about stuff with cingular can you at least back your opinions up? I have not read one single thing about such limitations on the device and i keep well up on all apple rumours.
The wifi will connect to your home wireless networks or other hotspots around your country? This surely has nothing to do with cingular, you are not paying them for this data received.
If what you are saying is that the internet will be limited outside of wifi areas, then thats fair enough, but it wont be that great anyway due to only edge support. wait for the 3g version which is undoutedly already being worked on by apple. Myself i cant see the phone coming to the UK or Europe for that matter without 3G support. Cingular wont be providing in europe anyway, so this doesnt concern me. Anyone got any idea who will provide in the UK? Orange, o2 or 3 seem the likely candidates to me.
No doubt the phones expensive but if you want this sort of beautiiful interface, with yes, "everything just working" then you can expect to pay a premium. Remember this is an ipod as well guys!
Like to clarify for people thinking this phone is the truth, i hate to break your hearts but it's a waste of money.
I work for cingular, guess what.. no more WiFi!!! And the Special plans for the device are going to start at $179.99/Month. Like the other cingular employee mentioned.
Also the price is $499.99 (4GB) and $599.99 (8GB) THIS is with a 2Year Contract!! If your not elgible to extend your agreent add another $150-175 ontop of those prices to figure out your non-comitment pricing.
I'm very deep with the technical side and data side within Cingular, and like i tell every customer comming into the store asking about the device.. It's a waste of money! In the summer with the launch of the device we will be comming out with a couple new devices with 3G and ability to use a 4GB micro sd... So Better Phones, Cheaper Prices.. Same Music Storage with the 4GB micro sd's coming out..
guess it will "just work" with everything but high speed internet, streaming video, and the same edge thats been around for years. way to go steve jobs. keep those fans happy =). i work for cingular so more data plans and cash for me
HAHAHAHAHAHAAH ty cingular. Iphone will no longer have wifi hahah best thing ever. a 2g phone with no wifi. sorry apple mwhahah. a lousy phone just got WORSE
Everyone who does not like this phone should keep their opinions to themselves, it is not even out yet! Anyone claiming to have played with it for 20 minutes is talking rubbish, very few have even seen one yet alone played with it. I for one think the phone is great, although living in the UK means i will have to wait a while longer for it. Combining the ipods features with the bigger screen and phone abilities is the main reason for me purchasing this phone. One less gadget to carry around! Have concerns with the screen but im sure apple would not release a product that could be scratched with a feather, its bound to be very durable, surely more durable then the current video ipod screen. Myself, im probably guna wait for revision 2. This is partly due to being stuck on a current contract, while also wanting to wait for 3G and a 3Mp camera on this phone. 16Gb of memory would not do any harm either! Just my thoughts.
"cingular.com" 4gig $499 - 5gig 599... thats before the contract. so it would be around $200 to $250 for the 4 gig.
this is a nice phone. but there are some aspects which which will make it fall short of the revolution it will cause as many predicts. first, it is expensive! if you have a good phone already, is it really worth spending the extra doh (alot too) on this?
two, it is big! although it has great functions, people want a phone that can fit in your pocket without pulling your pants down infront of that hot chick uve been dying to meet.
three, yes yes, i agree, functions are supurb. but havent we all lived relatively well without it?
although i think may kids will bug their parents to get it for them (most being sucessful), i think that we will continue to see the good old brands of samsung, lg, nokia, sony ericsson etc in the majority of pockets around the world.
Why are you guys comparing the iPhone with the likes of n95!!bleeding heck os x makes the iphone a mini pc wheras symbian makes the n95 a bit part smartphone.
this containes every thing a person wants this the best phone for this genration every thing u want ois present in it ... and u can use it in many ways kkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
the look of the phone is very nice ...... but the thing is that u have to takecare of the screen .the damand of apple will go higher as compare to now. and i think apple will make more phones like this in future because this mobile is gretest of all
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hi guys, i think you should take into account that this isn't the releasing version. maybe apple is modifying the phone features and even the price. did you hear about that theory of the "mysterious" application? what do you think about it?
i saw this mobile and iam thinking to buy this mobile in 2010. but i have heared its a very good mobile.
it is impossible to unlock if u put it in your bag well because apple is saying that the touch screen only works with your finger and u cant even use a stylus on it so yea
The iphone will be avaliable in july, and will be with cingular and at 2 year priceing will be 499.99 for the 4g and 599.99 for the 8g. hope this helps. but as for out right cost no idea.
is it possible to syncronize Iphone with Microsoft outlook express??
As far as I'm aware prices haven't been released yet so how do you know it's going to be amazingly expensive? It could turn out cheaper than the N95 or LG Prada.
As for paying out expenses for breaking the screen or whatever, that's what the warrenty is for and if it's not covered by the warrenty common sense should tell you to take out insurance for a phone like this.
it maybe the ideal phone for sommebody who does'nt have a problem in throwing away monney...you should consider the posibility that you broke the display...i'll see you happy then....and if you have the monney to buy this phone you will shure have the budget to buy a HTC Shift wich is 30 times better than this one