Guide to understanding iPhone status icons

Cell signal status icon

There are a number of status icons on the iPhone, each of which provide information. This short overview will provide you with a guide to the common icons and some which are not as familiar. The cell signal icon displays your current cellular signal and the strength of the signal. You want to see more bars on this display, which means better service for making and receiving calls. If you are outside of the range of your wireless carrier, the bars are replaced with “No Service”. When airplane mode is used when, you guessed it, you are using your iPhone when flying. The orange airplane mode icon indicates that the wireless capabilities, including Bluetooth are all disabled. In airplane mode, you cannot make … [Read more...]

New App Brings FaceTime Over 3G, For Jailbreakers


Did you take advantage of the ridiculously easy web-based Jailbreak for your iPhone? Wondering what to do with your new-found freedom? How about FaceTime over 3G?There's a new app out for those who have jailbroken, called My3G, which in the most recent update, now supports Facetime over 3G. Yes, I know, the image is a non-FaceTime phone, obviously these guys aren't concerned with accuracy in advertising. Anyway, this $4 app tricks your phone into thinking its using Wi-Fi, when it's really on 3G. Here's the official description: Facetime over 3G!!!!My3G: Take back your 3G! My3G makes Apps believe that they are on WiFi instead of 3G. With My3G, you can now watch HiDef YouTube videos, use Skype/Fring/Other VOIP apps over the 3G … [Read more...]

More Details From AT&T About The Proposed Price Change


At TUAW, they've managed to get hold of someone from AT&T, and quiz them extensively about what the new data plans will mean, and how they'll be implemented. Have a read over the entire thing, but here are some cliff notes:As long as your iPad is on auto-renew for data, you can keep the unlimited plan. Turn it off, and you're stuck on the new service. Tethering is month to month, so you can turn it on or off as needed. There will be no data rollover. If you run out of data on the 200MB account, you can upgrade to the 2GB online, as long as it's before the end of the current billing cycle. If you upgrade to a new iPhone and you're currently unlimited, you won't need to change to the new data plans.If you're curious about whether … [Read more...]

AT&T’s 3G Beats Out The Competition


For all the badmouthing that goes on about AT&T, it appears the company has actually done something about their poor 3G performance. In a recent nationwide 3G test run by ComputerWorld, AT&T came out top almost universally. It seems their recent network upgrades have improved things dramatically. The tests were run across 13 large cities, and compared to an identical test they ran last Spring, AT&T's download speed has increased from 818 kbps to 1410 kbps on average. This is substantially above all the competitors!Said ComputerWorld: AT&T's download speeds in New York City were three times faster in our latest tests than in our tests last spring; in San Francisco, the AT&T's download speeds were 40 percent … [Read more...]

iPad Pricing and Availability


The iPad is interesting in that's it's coming in 6 different models—3 different hard drives, all with and without 3G.The official breakdown is:16GB $499, 32gb $599, 64GB $699 WiFi only,16GB $639, 32GB $729,64GB $829 WiFi+3GAll the iPads will come unlocked, and will work with any GSM micro-SIM. Apple have also made a deal with AT&T, for a prepay data plan in the United States. This will be $15 for 250MB a month, or $30 for unlimited.The iPad will be for sale in 60 days for the Wi-fi only model, and 90 days for the 3G version. … [Read more...]