Category Archives: iPhone Tips
A reader in Barbados sent us a message today describing the success he had with a Rebel SIM card and his 3G iPhone. Having purchased a 3G in Cananda, he returned to Barbados and ordered the Rebel, which has been working perfectly with no dropped calls.
Barbados does not have 3G service, but decent GSM. Of course, we can’t confirm the story (though we’ll gladly fly over to sunny Barbados to try it out!), so your experience my vary. In the meantime, you may want to read this article on how to remove your iPhone’s SIM card, or our chat with jailbreaker Pytey.
If you’re going on a cruise vacation, don’t be concerned about being out of touch. Chances are excellent that you can use your cell phone.
Reader Steven Madow reminded TUAW that many cruise lines use a service called Cellular At Sea to provide you with satellite-linked cellular service. Almost 100 ships currently use the service, which is a joint venture between AT&T Mobility and SeaMobile.
Madow said that with his iPhone, configuration was a simple matter of looking at the settings (right) for a carrier called “Cellular at Sea.” The cost of the service varies depending on your home carrier, but for AT&T users it is about $0.79 per minute. While that’s not exactly cheap, it’s priceless if you need to keep in touch in case of an emergency.
Like many not-yet-released videogames, I’m a little worried that Astro Ranch won’t be as good as the game in my head right now. Anytime a developer says they were influenced by great games like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, as the Tag Games guys do in this interview with the cleverly-named iPwn Games, I get overly excited. A deep simulation game with a casual skin? It sounds just too good to be true.
But who knows — maybe the upcoming Astro Ranch will be worth the excitement. Paul Farley certainly makes it sound good: they say they’ve been pushing the 3D system to new heights, and that they’re aiming to provide a deep enough game to appeal to players with a lot of time on their hands, as well as a fun game that casual players can pick up and then put down after about 10 minutes.
They’re aiming for connectivity as well — the game is based on a ’50s-style space ranch, and players will supposedly be able to visit each others’ ranches, send messages back and forth and even compete and trade with each other. They even claim to be able to connect iPhone players to farmers playing on the DS, but we’ll believe that one when we see it.
AppleInsider says that Apple has yanked the Push notification framework from the latest version of the iPhone 2.1 firmware beta. Push got a lot of play during WWDC — it’s a service that will send information to the apps on your iPhone as needed (tweets, for example, will just come rather than having to refresh Twitterific all the time), but apparently Apple doesn’t think it’s ready for the stage yet. They’ve wiped it from the beta, claiming it needs “further development,” and haven’t given any indication of when it might return.
From the “really strange looking iPhone accessories” department, we present for your inspection the mobile.brando.com.hk Apple iPhone 3G Mobile Phone Telescope. Dave mentioned this in passing a few days ago, but since Engadget noted it today we went back and took a closer look. This product definitely wins the TUAW award for the longest name for an iPhone add-on. In case you’re wondering what the function of this device is, the website says it all — “Overcome the short coming of camera cellphone that can only near-sighted, it also makes distant view for you at the moment.”
The idea is to take this plastic “crystal” case, put it on your iPhone 3G, and then put the telescope onto the case. This gives your iPhone a 6X telephoto lens. But it does more! Once again, from the website — “The new design to run of rays can effectively avoid the contortion of image, and makes the super wide angle, the larger luminous flux, the higher visual acuteness, good for color reduction, which makes the high quality of photography.”
Huh? If you really need a telephoto lens for your iPhone 3G and don’t mind the abuse from friends, you can order one for the bargain price of US$19 plus shipping. For more mind-boggling details or to order the telescope, click the Read link below.