I’ll give AT&T a month or so to offer Bluetooth tethering…then I’m break’in out.
When do think we will all see Gray Powell again? Here at the PocketUp nerve center Powell marketing ideas have been flying around all last week.
For those of you just waking from coma, Gray Powell work for Apple. He left the ex-top secret Gen 4 iPhone at a bar after tossing back a few brews. You can see full story here.
Here’s a small list of how we think Gray could make the most of recent “fame”. What would you do now, if you were Gray Powell?
- Apple let’s him keynote the release event. Using a “you started it, no finish it” theme.
- He becomes the lead spokesman for StuffBack
- Budlight…we could spend all day rolling those ideas
- He gets promoted to Apple’s head of MobileMe, touting it’s remote wipe feature
- Windows Mobile hires him to “lose” one of their new creations
I’m currently in the process of getting a t-shirt and “personal badging” business off the ground. We’ll be selling our products at trade shows, car, motorcycle and bicycle events around the country. A MiFi makes a perfect companion to the Quickbooks Merchant account we have. So with all that said, on to my point.
Verizon, call me. (or read on)
- iPad(64gb) 3G version is $829
- AT&T wireless plan with no contracts is $14.99 (250mb) or $29.99 (unlimited*/5gb)
- iPad(64gb) WiFi Version is $699
- Verizon MiFi device $269 with no contract. $39.99 (250mb) or $59,99 (5gb)
Hey Verizon “marketing genius dudes”… Why not offer the MiFi for $130 at no contract, the difference between the two iPad versions, and lower your data plans?
Wouldn’t that be a great way for you to show, likely iPhone customers, that your network is better?
Couldn’t you market your device connects with three others, not just your iPad?
How about the handy little cases that Sprint is giving away at BestBuy stores?
…too bad you didn’t think of this the day the iPad rolled out.
PS: I’m in PR/Marketing and looking for freelance work. …call me
Since making the switch from Windows Mobile and Blackberry to the iPhone I thought not having access to my Slingbox would be my biggest issue. When SlingMedia started their iPhone application development I was excited. I mean this would be ideal.
About 18 months ago my 1st gen Slingbox took a dive, power supply I thought. I tried reviving it with another power supply, but no luck. So I just tossed the unit onto my growing pile of old, out dated, powered plastic.
This morning however my ears perked up. Slingbox’s iPhone application has now been approved for 3g. The original iPhone application on used Wifi. Having 3G may have just changed my tune on watching live TV in my iPhone. Maybe it’s time to invest in a new Slingbox?
PocketInformant use to be just a PocketPC app. Back in “the day” I bought my share of Pocket PC apps. Hearing about PocketInformant getting released for the iPhone takes me back to the days when we talked sleds/sleeves, iPaqs, Compact Flash, the Jornada, or even when Casio played the PDA game.
Not sure I need PocketInformant, but here some video coverage at MacWorld.
Will someone important please call Apple and tell them to release the MacBookPros with the Core I processors? I really WANT a new one. My dual core 2.4ghz 4 year old unit is working just fine. It’s really just a matter of want. So someone pick up the phone, ringy dingy…
I’ve always been excited about new solutions. Since I’m a huge WordPress guy I was glad to come across Simple:Press. Now I know this site doesn’t really need a forum, but a group I belong to needs a forum for some planning.
A few friends from another Denver Handheld User Group is wanting to branch off and start a new group. The current group has been dominated by a few individuals which is not going helping others. The group use to help each other no matter what platform, Apple, Windows, Droid, Blackberry, Palm. The group has suddenly turned into an instruction session by one of the members. The “teaching” is very one-sided. I understand we all have opinions, some very strong. A social group that meets on a Saturday morning is not the place for name calling and device bashing. Seriously it’s a phone, an operating system, an application.
The new group is in the process of forming. I hope we can meet in the Denver Tech Center once a month. The plan is to have format that we stick with every meeting. Facilitators will be chosen by the group two months ahead of time. That persons job is just to keep everyone on schedule and to keep the conversation from being dominated. As for other info, that’s about it so far. Please check out the forum that has been dedicated to this group.
I’m dong some maintenance, theme editing and even adding a forum this weekend(1/30-31/10). Bare with me while I get things better than normal.
I am also growing unhappy with the local Mobile User Group I have been attending. A few members and I have been tossing around the idea of a starting a new group. If you’re in Denver and would like to be apart post up in the comment section and I’ll make sure to get you the meeting information.
We have all see an ordinary piece of paper magically transformed into a crane, a frog, and a icosahedron through the art of origami. By simply folding a piece of paper, any number of new shapes can be formed.
But wait, isn’t paper to be used as a medium for written communication, as a canvas for art, and a place to jot all those little notes on? When looking up the definition of paper in the dictionary nowhere does it say a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood, rags, or certain grasses to be used for making cute shapes and animal art.
Although origami finds use in paper for which it was not originally intended, most reasonable people accept with open arms the art form. In fact using paper for spit-wads, to start a fire, for building paper airplanes, or any of the other uses is generally supported by the human breathing community.
Within the past couple of years the digital world has brought us “digital paper”. This digital paper has been cleverly aliased as an e-book, an e-reader, an ePad, an eSlate, or some other derivative. Based on the physical form factors of these digital paper products not too many people uses their new devices to practice their origami.
Ok, so we are not going to destroy our new little electronic gadget just to make a crane or a frog, but what about using this “digital paper” for a use for which it was not intended? Should the manufacturers of these devices mandate how we should use our “digital paper”? If you answered, No, then please read on. If you answered, Yes, then you probably own an apple product and you just do not know any better.
Apple released its version of “digital paper” this week and have officially named it the iPad. It is of course, a “pretty” device, as are all of Apple’s iProducts. It should look very nice in your Feng shui, iOffice space. The problem with the iPad, well actually there are many but that is for another day, is that the iPad will only due what Apple says it can do. Imagine buying that ordinary piece of paper and being told that it can only be used for written communication; would you still buy it?
Not to be too critical of Apple, as many manufacturers practice the same rouge product dictatorship. Although, many companies, not including Apple, will give you the blue prints to their product so you are free to make the product your own. The manufacturers obviously can not offer support when you start using their product in a way it was not intended. Once you have “hacked” the product the product is officially yours and you own the support of that product.
Take for example, the NOOK, which is Barnes & Noble’s version of “digital paper”. The underlying operating system that makes this device tick is the open sourced OS developed by Google called Android. Although the NOOK, when purchased, is limited to functionality defined by Barnes & Noble and its partners, it can be “hacked” to open up endless new functionality.
The next time you are out buying your next little gadget ask your self if you want to buy an ordinary piece of paper that can only be used as a medium for written communication, or if you want to buy the paper that can magically be transformed into a wonderful piece of origami art.
Sound off with your opinion one how companies dictate that way in which you can user their products.
- The Apple iReader will be released. Two versions a) an AT&T 3g and Wifi b) Wifi only. Yes folks I think Apple is sticking with AT&T. I don’t believe Apple wants to move away from the GSM, SIM based, world standard.
- Core I5 processors in the 15″ MBPs and the Core I7 in the 17″(I will buy that one)
Some of you are asking yourselves why do I think Apple will stay with AT&T. It’s very simple. Almost everyone hates their mobile carrier. Whether it’s Verizon, Spring, T-Mobile, AT&T, etc, we all hate them for some reason. I also think this because Apple does not want to move away from SIM card based mobile devices. Building a CDMA and GSM device is a waste of resources in Apple’s mind If you want our devices change carriers.
I’m ready to go out on a limb here, but I think in the near future Apple will buy AT&T’s wireless division. I think Apple is very interested in keeping pace with Google. A few years ago when the 700mghz network became available, and Google was bidding, I think Apple was very intrigued by this. Asking themselves why would Google want that. This got Apple thinking about mobile communications on a different level, not just hardware.
Apple is very tatical. They start by releasing devices that cause AT&T to spend money and build their network.
Remember this is from someone who thinks Google will buy Verizon too.
According to Gizmodo today
According to me over a year ago
Finally one of my Apple product psychic moments is coming true. Now if they’ll release a MacMini with Blu-Ray, I’ll be batting a thousand. Oh wait…I also think they will soon turn the MacMini into a gaming console to run downloaded, full sized games from the app store.
Fry’s in Las Vegas has the new Apple Magic Mouse in stock. I picked up three.
A few weeks ago I pre-ordered my new iPhone 3GS for delivery this Friday. I was under the impression that I was going to pay $499. I was an early adopter of the 3G version(launch day) and was only being offered a $200 cut form the $699 retail, no contract price.
Today I log in to AT&T and run through the upgrade process and it’s offering me the 3GS for $299 with 2 year contact. A story broke yesterday on Gizmodo that AT&T was July/Sept/Aug 2008 upgraders a better deal, but the prices won;’t show up till today.
Bottom line is that AT&T just saved me $200 tomorrow. My $349 sale of my 3G on Craiglists on Monday just got a little sweeter!
I sure am glad I picked up a Grand Central number back in the day. Since that number was handed out during it’s beta, Google has bought the company and have turned it into GoogleVoice.
Google has recently released a video on YouTube describing a new iPhone app that allows you to dial out using your GV account. Check out the video.
[again via Gizmodo]
I am skeptical of the image that has been going around. An earlier report from a Chinese manufacturer was that Apple was ordering touch screens. Why would this design need a tough screen?
I think the device will be a large version of the iPhone, running the iPhone OS. I also believe Apple and AT&T’s agreement was constructed on the promise that Apple will release a product every year that will use AT&Ts network.
It is entirely possible that July will bring two new devices. A 9-10″ sub-notebook with 3G(pictured) and a larger iPhone style device(NetTablet)
[image thanks to Gizmodo]