Saturday, March 19, 2011

AT&T going after iPhone users who jailbreak to avoid exorbitant tethering fees? MyWi Users Beware!




It would seem that AT&T is finding new ways to discourage people from jailbreaking their device in order to avoid paying for a tethering plan that come in $15, $25 and $45 a month varieties. Mac blogs are abuzz with a purported text and email messages that the carrier has allegedly sent out to some customers. It would appear the communication targets owners of jailbroken devices running unsanctioned MyWi app that enables Internet tethering over WiFi, USB and Bluetooth, but it’s possible the carrier as well reached out to those using the Personal Hotspot feature via one of the official tethering plans.

AT&T’s text message looks legit to us and even more so their email message included below. The email opens with the sinister-sounding “we’ve notice your service plan may need updating” line. We can certainly imagine AT&T taking this step to protect their business and the technology certainly makes it easy to pinpoint those cheap jailbreakers unwilling to pay for those exorbitant tethering fees through their nose. Here’s that email message.


Dear [Name of Account Holder],

We’ve noticed your service plan may need updating.

Many AT&T customers use their smartphones as a broadband connection for other devices, like laptops, netbooks or other smartphones– a practice commonly known as tethering. Tethering can be an efficient way for our customers to enjoy the benefits of AT&T’s mobile broadband network and use more than one device to stay in touch with important people and information. To take advantage of this feature, we require that in addition to a data plan, you also have a tethering plan.

Our records show that you use this capability, but are not subscribed to our tethering plan.

If you would like to continue tethering, please log into your account online at www.wireless.att.com, or call us at 1-888-860-6789 Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CST or Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST, by March 27, 2011 to sign up for DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering. Here are details on the plan:

DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering
• $45 per month (this gives you 4GB in total, combining both your smartphone data plan for $25 and the tethering feature, $20)
• $10 per each additional GB thereafter, added automatically as needed
• Mobile Hotspot capabilities are included for compatible Smartphones

If we don’t hear from you, we’ll plan to automatically enroll you into DataPro 4GB after March 27, 2011. The new plan – whether you sign up on your own or we automatically enroll you – will replace your current smartphone data plan, including if you are on an unlimited data plan.

If you discontinue tethering, no changes to your current plan will be required.

It’s easy to track your usage throughout the month so there are no bill surprises. For example, we send you free text messages when you reach 65, 90, and 100 percent of your plan’s threshold. If you would like to monitor your account more closely, go to www.att.com/dataplans to learn about other ways to track your data usage.

As a reminder, our smartphone data plans also include unlimited usage of Wi-Fi at no additional charge. AT&T smartphone customers can use Wi-Fi at home or on-the-go at any one of our more than 23,000 U.S. hotspots already included in your data plan.

Thank you for bringing your account up to date. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve your mobile broadband needs.

Sincerely,

AT&T

Please update your data plan by March 27, 2011 if you intend to continue tethering

To learn more and update your plan, visit att.com/dataplans

Reach us for assistance during business hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CST Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST at 1-888-860-6789




*thanks 9to5Mac*

We believe the creators of MyWi knew this would happen, if you would have noticed one of the previous updates had a new terms of service where they stated that they would not be responsible if you would be charged for a tethering plan...

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Apple iPad 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G Tablet for $529 + free shipping, 16GB for $429




AT&T Wireless offers the 1st-generation Apple iPad 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G Tablet for $529. (Search for “iPad” to find it.) With free shipping, that’s $130 below what Apple charges for a refurbishedunit and the lowest total price we’ve ever seen by $100. This 0.5″-thick tablet weighs 1.5 lbs. and features an Apple A4 1GHz processor, 9.7″ 1024×768 LCD touchscreen display, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accelerometer, compass, up to 10 hours of battery life, and more.The Apple iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G Tablet is also available for $429with free shipping. (Search for “iPad” to find it.) That’s $50 below what Apple charges for a refurbished unit (this one’s new) and another price low.

Of note, iPad orders require the purchase of an AT&T DataConnect Personal Data Plan. Plans are active for 30 days and automatically renew every 30 days. (You can cancel this data plan at any time.) A 2 GB DataConnect Personal Plan is free for the first 30 days.



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iSuppli: Japan disaster could constrain iPad 2 part supply




iSuppli’s research and in-depth iPad 2 tear down has revealed that vital iPad 2 parts like the thin battery, display glass, and electronic compass may be directly sourced from Japanese plants. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has caused many manufacturing plants to temporarily stop work and it is possible, that if certain iPad 2 parts are in fact from Japan, that some iPad 2 parts may be in tight supply.

The IHS iSuppli teardown analysis of the iPad 2 so far has been able to identify five parts sourced from Japanese suppliers: NAND flash from Toshiba Corp., dynamic random access memory (DRAM) made by Elpida Memory Inc., an electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor, the touch screen overlay glass likely from Asahi Glass Co. and the system battery from Apple Japan Inc. There potentially are other components from Japan in the iPad 2, however, the teardown analysis process cannot always identify all components’ countries of origin.
These potential supply issues obviously in no way connect to the short supply of iPad 2s on launch day and in the days since launch. The issue does come at the point in which Apple is trying to build as many iPad 2s as possible in order to meet “amazing” demand for the product.

Toshiba, an Apple supplier for flash storage, temporarily suspended NAND flash production in their Japanese plants. Apple obtaining flash storage drives for their iOS devices and other products like the MacBook Air is not as big of a deal as the iPad 2s battery, glass, and compass as the storage technology is also sourced from other other nations by other suppliers, notably Samsung.

The iPad 2 was released on March 11th and currently ships in 4-5 weeks from the Apple online store. Apple has been supportive of the terrifying situation in Japan with Steve Jobs offering his full support via an email to the company and iTunes taking donations for the Red Cross.




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iPhone 5 Prototype Spotted at Foxconn Factory




Written by Ghazy (A New member to the Limerain team)

A report claims that an iphone 5 prototype was spotted at foxconn, it is believed it would have a 4 inch screen and an aluminum back but it would conserve the current iphone 4 design. it isn't a surprise that apple is abandoning the breakable and fragile glass back.

9to5mac.com reports
“A source from Foxconn who we believe to be reliable has provided us with some information about Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone. Most of the information lines up with past reports but we have also learned a few new details. Most notably is that the iPhone 5 has already been seen at Foxconn and is soon going into the normal mass production stages. In terms of design, the iPhone 5 is said to look fairly similar to the iPhone 4 except for two very important differences: materials and screen size.
The iPhone 5 will keep a relatively similar size and shape as the iPhone 4 but Apple has decided to move away from the back-glass enclosure found on the fourth-generation device and move to something similar to the back of the first-generation iPhone from 2007. Although some reports claim the iPhone 5 will adopt a curved metal back, our source says models have been floating around with a flat metal back. The material of this metal is unspecified.”

the original iphone had an aluminum back with a plastic band to permit the passage of edge signal, as does the iPad 3g which leads us to think would it have a plastic band or would it relay on the antenna band. a question that leads us wondering on what it would look like.
The 4 inch screen close to retina display it would have to keep the same 960×640 pixel count to maintain app compatibility so the density would go down to below 300ppi
Personally i prefer the glass back even tho a lot of concerns about the fragility of the device. i believe that an aluminum back would be an unwanted feature/handicap by a lot of costumers.
But we all know apple where as its has an Aluminum, Glass, or plastique it will turn out great!






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Shadyside, PA Apple store burglarized for the third time in months




This is a problem: the Apple store in Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was burglarized, this morning, for the third time in months. According to WPXI Pittsburg Police were called to scene of the Walnut Street smash-and-grab around 5:30 AM.

When officers arrived they said they found both front doors damaged and a cement cinder block that was used to shatter the glass doors. The store was closed for most of the day Thursday while construction crews replaced the doors.
According to police reports laptops and iPods made up the majority of the loot, obviously not iPad 2s. This particular Apple Store was burglarized at least twice in 2010 with one robbery in November 2010 resulting in thousands of dollars in losses.




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