Apple angry at Rogers iPhone 3G plan

July 8, 2021

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Sorry folks, not much Joost news those days… so I will keep covering topics that are of interest to me.  Hope you don’t mind.

Apparently Apple has been telling it’s Canadian stores not to sell the glorious 3G Phone this friday July 11th 2008!  This is really a major blow to Rogers.  Again, thank’s to rogers we must be the only ones with Apple stores that won’t sell the iPhone this coming friday (out of all the country where the iPhone is made available)!

All this thank’s to Rogers silly iPhone plans!  Apple is apparently taking some serious notes about the 50,000 name petition at  Apparently they do not want the Apple brand name to be tarnish by associating to a 3 year contract binding of Rogers Canada.  Apple know that 3 year contract is not in it’s customers interest… so it won’t sell the iPhone tied to a Rogers contract in it’s store! Take this Rogers!

Seriously, a 3year contract is unaceptable.  And those little 400MB base plans with not unlimited options is retarded.  Come to your sens and at leas offer a two year contract with a fair priced unlimited data plan will you?

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Steve, force unlimited data plan on every iPhone provider!

June 29, 2021

Rogers Canada

There could be an easy way to fix this mess up in Canada between Rogers and the outraged potential Apple iPhone 3G customers… force every providers to offer unlimited data plans. Wouldn’t it make sense?

Think about it! The iPhone 3G is all about fast data access rivaling WiFi, new applications download capabilities, push mail/contacts/meetings, geo location. Without an unlimited data plan all this pretty much becomes futile. Who want to worry all the time that the new app they just installed will drain their data plan limit and cost them 10,000$ at the end of the month? This might very well happen if you use an iPhone 3G in Canada. Read more

Rogers iPhone 3G plan is so… junk, useless, gouging

June 28, 2021

Rogers Canada

Rogers Canada finally unveiled it’s iPhone 3G plan.  It would have better kept it in the garbage can if you ask me!  What is it with Canadian cellular phone carier?  Are they gouging Canadians or not? I mean, the iPhone 3G is all about fast internet browsing, being connected all the time, staying connected all the time, installing applications from the app store over the air, downloading iTunes songs over the air, watching Youtube video and god knows what else is to come.

But Rogers in their great Canadian greed have decided to cap data plan on their most expansive plan (115$) at a miserable 2GB!  And let not even talk of the entry plan for 60$… 400MB!  OMG! I would constantly be worried that I would exceed the data plan limit by simply leaving the phone on!

Rogers, it must be nice to have the monopoly of the iPhone 3G! What happen to your 7$ all you can eat data plan on Fido?  Are you affraid people would install some VoIP software to escape your silly voice plan? I guess you might be!  Don’t tell me those data bits are costing you a terrible amount of money!  We all know it is not true!

I will tell you one thing: I will not be getting an iPhone any time soon!  Rogers, I would have bought one on July 11th if you had offered a 30$ all you can eat data plan… but don’t count on it anymore! OK!

Thank you Rogers for making Canadians #1! Longest lock-in contract in the world (3 years) and most expansive plan in the world! There is one thing I am sure… you won’t sell nearly as much as other carriers in other country per capita! You really know how to make a good technology a bad choice!

Cisco Live 2008: Love the Apple iPhone

June 25, 2021

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Cisco appear to have the love for the iPhone.  During the 1st and second keynotes given at the Orange County conference center  the Apple iPhone was put on the big screen to demonstrate cisco built application.  The 1st one was demonstrated by John Chambers during tuesday keynote to show how a Cisco Webex customer can transfer a video call from the web browser to the iPhone.  One can even use the accelerometer in the iPhone to throw a video session from one iPhone to the next.

During the second day key note Padma Warrior showed how a data center admin can monitor VMWare farm utilization and the create a new server to be added via an iPhone application. Read more

Apple stole Rogers Wireless big announcement

June 9, 2021

Have you noticed the big announcement banner on Rogers Wireless web site?

Rogers is announcing Something Really Big for July 11th 2008? It is easy to know that the something big is… the Apple iPhone 3G. Read more

Mysterious Apple Product Arrives in North America. Could it be the iPhone?

May 24, 2021

Via : U.S. Customs Database and Competitive Intelligence Tools:

“Since mid-March, Apple Inc. and its logistics partners have imported 188 ocean containers of a product type never before declared on its shipping manifests.

With iPhones currently out of stock at many Apple stores, including its flagship outlets in New York City, rumors abound that the company is winnowing stocks in preparation for a new 3G version of the phone.

Last month Citi analysts Richard Gardner and Yeechang Lee predicted that Apple would announce the new 3G iPhone at its June 9th World Developers Conference in San Francisco. Meanwhile, reports that AT&T has told its employees that they cannot take vacation time from June 15 to July 12 to enable full staffing for an ‘exciting Summer Promotional Launch.’

Now data from U.S. customs records now seem to confirm this prediction, according to By analyzing thousands of U.S. customs records for Apple Computer, employees of the search engine for container shipment data identified a major spike in imports generated by a new product type.

‘They have never before reported this product on their customs declarations,’ says Ryan Petersen of ‘The fact that they are importing millions of units, combined with dwindling stocks of the first generation of iPhones, clearly supports the Citi analysts predictions.’

Two of Apple’s long-time manufacturing partners for desktop computers —Hon Hai Precision Corp. and Quanta Computer—have been rumored to be working on the newest generation of the popular cell phone.

On March 19 Quanta delivered 20 ocean containers of merchandise, described on the Bills of Lading as ‘electric computers,’ to Apple, Inc. Neither Apple, Quanta, nor any other company has ever used this product description for any shipments to the U.S.

The advanced features of the iPhone make it perfectly legitimate for Apple to declare the products as computers, rather than telephones. By doing this, the company may hope to avoid the attention that a massive influx of phones may bring about, while simultaneously maintaining secrecy as to the true identify of the phone’s manufacturers.

Over the last few months shipments of ‘desktop computers’ and other devices did not fall off, indicating that these ‘electric computers’ represent a new product for the company rather than a simple renaming for their Customs declarations.

The initial shipments were followed on March 27, April 28, May 6 and May 17 with an additional 44 containers—each containing an estimated 40,000 units of the new phone. The sixteen containers imported by Apple Inc. itself—as opposed to the Quanta subsidiary—were delivered on March 19 and 27 to the Jonestown, Pa. facilities of Ingram Micro, Apple’s U.S. distribution partner.

The Quanta Computer USA shipments were delivered to that company’s distribution center in Freemont, Ca. Meanwhile, on the exact same dates as the shipments above, Schenker AG, another of Apple’s distribution partners, imported a total of 67 containers of this new product type from an undisclosed manufacturer in Shanghai, China.

Several of those products carried the Apple computer name in what appeared to be an accidental disclosure on the customs record. With arrival notification addresses in Vancouver, Canada, many of Schenker’s shipments appeared destined for the Canadian market. Apple has thus far not made the iPhone available in Canada, however Rogers Wireless recently announced that it would begin offering the item shortly. They declined to offer more specifics about when they would start selling the phones.

Apple Inc’s most recent shipment of the new products, Bill of Lading # HLCUSHA0803FTFR8, arrived at the port of New York on the Vessel NYK Delphinus on May 17th. That shipment contained 504 cartons, weighing 7140 kg, of the vaguely described ‘electric computer.’

Where Quanta sent all previous shipments to Apple—including 828 ocean containers of ‘desktop computers’ since March—through a subsidiary, the new products were exported in Quanta’s own name. The change may reflect heightened secrecy surrounding the new products. “

Babelgum, now for Mac

March 10, 2021

Guess what just showed up in my mailbox?  An email from Babelgum inviting me to have a second look at it!  And what new platform just got added?  Right, Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5!  And apparently there is support for both PPC and intel processors!

This is great news and will certainly please the PPC Mac users.  At least they can run Babelgum while they are still waiting for their Joost PPC client support.

The client is very clean and the integration on the OSX environment is well done.  I particularly like they way it start… by showing at 50% transparency over the desktop.

I guess Linux users are getting no love from Babelgum and Joost.

So when will we see a Babelgum and Joost client for the iPhone now that the SDK has been released?

Apple iPhone and iPod Touch SDK in February 2008

October 17, 2021

OK, so this might be the opening for a Joost client on the iPod Touch platform.  I know, Mike Volpi said that there is no plan right now for Joost on portable devices and that it might come later if there is a market… What I am saying is that this news will allow Joost to go forward with a client if they ever chose to do so:

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.


P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2021]

Source: Apple

iPhone coming to Canada in two weeks

October 5, 2021

OK, No direct link to Joost or P2P IPTV… but since I am Canadian and have been following the iPhone saga I will post about this interesting rumor:

WARNING: This is a rumour!!!

A Holt Renfrew insider has told the luxury retailer will be carrying Apple’s iPhone across Canada by mid-October 2007. If the rumour is true, it would be the first confirmation of the iPhone’s arrival in Canada.

The Holt Renfrew source says the 8GB phone will be a GSM phone, retailing across the country for $799. Holt Renfrew is a luxury retailer with locations across Canada. The retailer is known for carrying high-fashion brands and hosting flamboyant parties.

Launched in the United States in June, the iPhone re-ignited the iPod-era Applemania. A Rogers customer service employee let news slip the company would have the iPhone exclusively in Canada back in January, which the company retracted a week later. A Citizen Journalist ( [Citizen Journalist] Sarawanan Ravindran ) reported more feedback from Rogers in June, when the carrier confirmed once again it would be have the iPhone exclusively in Canada.

When approached Rogers for comment on this Holt Renfrew news, the company would not confirm or deny anything.

According to some independent vendors of Rogers Wireless service, the cellular operator told its network of stores to stop activating accounts on the device.

For all Canadians hoping to get their hands on the iPhone, here’s hoping this rumour is true.
Source DigitalJournal

Boring weekend in Joost IRC channel

September 23, 2021

Since the announcement of OnTheToob acquisition by Joost a cold wind has been blowing on the “not so secret” Joost IRC channel (do some Googling to track it down). Many Joost developers are hanging in it and are chatting about various subjects.

Recently things got really quiet. Some would say that development get this quiet before major releases. If the level of “quietness” is proportional to the level of “change” in the next client release then one might say that it will be huge.

At the same time you might have noticed the large quantity of new content showing in the Joost database. There has also been more activity going on it the Joost blog with multiple posts per week… Joost also did some minor adjustments to it’s content search result page. So work is going on behind the scene… it is just not echoing as it use to in IRC.

I do not have much to report as far as Joost news today… but keep an ear on possible chatter between the team at IOSpirit (Remote Buddy) and Joost. As you might have noticed I found this nice gem of AJAX based remote control interface in the Remote Buddy beta software. This does some of what I had described in previous post regarding using an iPhone/iPod Touch as a super remote control (search my previous post).

I sincerely hope that something nice come out of this. If Remote Buddy was Windows compatible I would say that Joost should acquire them to kickstart the development of the Joost iPhone/iPod Touch remote control interface.

So that is it. I have no idea when the next major release of Joost client will be… but I am sure looking for it.

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