At today’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference being held June 9-13, 2008, in San Francisco, at Moscone West, Steve Jobs announced the new iPhone 3G. This is the long rumored and long awaited successor to the iPhone. Although there are many cool new features, perhaps the most interesting to us as users of Microsoft Exchange email is the ability for this phone to connect to the Exchange server.
The phone, using ActiveSync technology licensed from Microsoft, will be able to receive “push” email, sync with the Exchange Calendar, access the Global Address List of contacts, and sync with your local contacts created in Outlook. (and synced to Exchange)
Although Apple announced that the phone will be available worldwide on July 11th, and provided a long list of International Carriers, including T-Mobile, it will only be available for use on AT&T’s 3G network here in the US. T-Mobile does not have a 3G network, relying on the older and slower EDGE network.
The phone will come in two colors, white and black and in two versions, 8GB and 16GB. (The 8GB model comes in black, only) Of course there are two prices as well! $199.00 for the 8 GB model and $299.00 for the 16 GB model. Apple says on their web site: “Twice the speed, half the price!”
The phone also features a 2 megapixel camera, GPS, the ability to open a wide variety of email attachments, high speed web surfing and much more.
Here are the links to various pages on the Apple web site where you can learn more:
iPhone 3G features: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/
iPhone Specs: http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html
Where to buy one: http://www.apple.com/iphone/buy/
What is 3G?: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/wireless.html
Third party applications are available: http://www.apple.com/iphone/appstore/
Own one of the older iPhones?: http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/
Look at some pictures: http://www.apple.com/iphone/gallery/
Although the AT&T Wireless web site was not responsive when I checked, Engadet reports that the pricing for Voice and data plans are as follows: “On AT&T unlimited iPhone 3G data plans for consumers will be available for $30 a month, on top of voice plans starting at $39.99 a month. Unlimited 3G data for business users will be $45 a month, on top of voice.” You’ll need to verify that on your own.
Bottom line? If you can live with AT&T and if you want the latest and greatest phone on the market, get in line on July 10th at your AT&T store so you can get one on the 11th…or wait a few weeks until the frenzy dies down and then get yours. You know you want one!