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iPad, iPhone 4, micro-sims and new data plans: The round up


This week a lot has happened in the iSpace (ie iPad, iPhone) and mobile broad band arena in New Zealand. Here’s the summary:

On the selling front:

The good news is there are two serious players in the mobile broadband/ iSpace (ie iPhone, iPad etc).  Not only have Telecom (XT) kept in the game by offering micro sims, but also their new data plans are at least in the right direction price wise (still expensive compared to most places, but getting there!).  With the new iPhone 4, and the iPad being able to fully take advantage of both XT and Vodafones 3G networks, it means we have choice.  Choice is good.

Black and White Version: Mobile broadband is still expensive in New Zealand.  At least we have two players and not one (and XT still kicks Vodafones ass IMHO).

Post to come: I intend to outline how to have ONLY a micro sim these days is the way to go, even if the device you have uses the older mini sims. (Update: The micro-sim post is here)

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iPhone video – funny!


OK, to all those iPhone lovers out there, and even more for those iPhone haters, here’s an awesome video:

Black and White Version: I don’t care, I just want one :-)

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Voicemail on Telecom XT with iOS4


It’s been reported that an iPhone with the updated OS (iOS4) breaks the link to voicemail for Telecom XT customers.  I can confirm that’s the case.

This brings the known issues for iOS4 to:

  1. Voicemail for XT users
  2. Integrated car stereo links no longer working
  3. Reception issues (many say this will be able to fixed with a software patch)

The good news is that a fix is coming as explained on the iPhonewzealand site (basically Telecom needs to update its sim cards).

In the meantime XT users can simply set up a contact called Voicemail with the number 083210 and then set this up as a favourite for easy access.  Sure not quite as easy as pressing the Voicemail button, but almost.

Btw I also found this EXCELLENT resource on iOS4, which I highly recommend reading. The best summary on the web I have found.

Black and White Version: XT voicemail busted for now under iOS4, but easy fix for now and a permanent one coming.

Hat tip: Image from iphonewzealand

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iOS4 warning – car stereo connections busted!


I blogged yesterday that I upgraded my iPhone 3Gs to iOS4.

While the OS itself is a nice wee upgrade (despite its issues), it does create some problems when it talks to other devices like my car stereo.  The web is awash with reports of iOS4 issues, and it appears for car stereos, the issues vary between not being able to play at all, through to being stuck on one song.

In my case, I can select songs from the stereo head unit, play-lists and artists all fine (so it sees the iPhone OK), but it constantly paused, no matter what I do.

Frustrating!  Oh, and this isn’t the 1st time Apple did something like this.  The 1st time was when they changed the pins they used to charge iPods/iPhones (technical info on pins etc here) so that old chargers didn’t work (including car stereo ones).  Lucky someone invented an adaptor!

Not sure if any future updates to iOS4 will fix this, or if any adapter will either.  Might have to revert to using Aux in via 3.5mm plug for now.

Black and White Version: We warned, iOS4 may break iPhone/iPod inks to your car stereo.

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iOS4 review and info for New Zealand


Apple released iOS4 a few days ago world wide. (not to be confused with the iPhone 4, which is only available in the US at the moment, and in NZ from July).

Since the name (and philosophy) of this blog is white and black, let’s cut to the chase: It’s good.  I like it.  Much better.  Well done.  B+ even, but not yet quite right, and a bit un-Apple-like.

For the record, I am using iOS4 on an iPhone 3Gs (I have an iPad, but iOS4 isn’t available on that till “the fall 2010″ according to Apple).  For us in NZ that means Spring (so September/October?).  To upgrade you need iTunes 9.2 (the new version) and an iPhone 3G or 3Gs.  Later generation iPod touches can support iOS4 too, but I don’t write about those, so Google it if you wanna know more on the iPod stuff.  Also the 3G only supports certain features of iOS4 (list found here).

Quick tips: It’s very easy to upgrade and your apps and data appear to stay put (mine did anyway).  But remember to back up everything before you start this to be safe (ie plug it into a computer and fire up iTunes, back up and also transfer all apps etc).


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iPhone 4 vs iOS4 – which is the revolution?


Apple are claiming the iPhone 4 is a revolution.

Lots of reviews are agreeing, there is an excellent round up summary of iPhone 4 reviews here.  Most of the guys at iphonewzealand agree too.

However I don’t agree.   And here’s why:

What does the iPhone 4 bring?

The most significant benefits around the new iPhone 4 are actually related to the new operating system (iOS4), which will run 100% on the iPhone 3Gs (and in a more limited way on the 3G)


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iPhone 4 review in New Zealand


Well lets be upfront here, this is a PRE-review of the new Apple iPhone since I don’t yet have one.  Anyone claiming a review in NZ is kinda misleading unless they have actually USED one.  After all part of what makes Apple products so great is their user interface and how they actually WORK and feel (not just look).

But here are some important observations for Kiwis (and I guess anyone else who’s interested):


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Grindr – the ultimate gay iPhone app?


Any gay man with an iPhone will have heard of Grindr.  But since not everyone is gay, and not everyone has an iPhone (although based on my observations of San Francisco, everyone who is gay has one), here’s the run down for you:

  • Grindr is an app for the iPhone (although Grindr for Blackberry is coming soon).
  • It is a simple app that allows users to locate (using the iPhones GPS) other nearby users of Grindr.  It shows people in order of distance, with the closest first, as well as showing who is online now.
  • It allows the user to have one profile picture, and a few lines of text as a profile, as well as location details (it shows how far away the person is, not their actual location, but this can be sent by the other user they want to).
  • You can message the other people.
  • You can tag users, so you can re-message them more easily later.
  • And, most importantly, it can (and is) used by guys to meet other gay guys (hook up even?)


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iPhone guide – what model works on what network in NZ


Thanks to the guys at iPhonewzealand, an excellent summary has been produced on what model iPhones work on what network with and without the requirement to unlock/jailbreak etc.

Click on the image on the right to download the pdf version of the summary.

The only thing I would add to this is a simple table row for jail-breaking/unlocking that would include:

  1. Is it possible (yes on 2G/3G for both) and yes (with more work/risk) for the 3Gs (the unlocking being the harder part) *
  2. What unlocking gives: On 2G it means you can use it in NZ on Voda, and overseas on any GSM network with the right frequency.  For 3G and 3Gs it means you can use it on Voda, XT or 2 degrees.
  3. What jail-breaking Gives: On 2G and 3G it gives it OPTION of video recording (install of app needed) and probably other stuff I don’t know of.

* on any NZ or OZ new 3Gs models unlock isn’t needed (it already is), but this wont apply to any parallel import so TradeMe/Ebay sales are questionable here unless you get to see the phone 1st.

Btw, here is the ONLY sites I recommend you use when jail-breaking/unlocking a phone:

  1. iClarified (excellent instructions)
  2. iPhone Dev (this guys are tech geeks and know their stuff!)

Btw, the iPhonenewzealand site is an excellent resource for anyone with an iPhone in NZ (and even for those outside), I read it more or less daily.  They keep their site clean of too much “Unlock/Jailbreaking” talk, so it’s very much about owning an iPhone in NZ, and the cool apps that Kiwis are making or may want to use.

Black and White Version: The iPhone does work in NZ, but be aware of what models do and don’t on which networks.

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Telecos may rip us off at times, but where is the user responsibility?


A NZ Herald headline today was Salesman ‘crippled’ by internet charges.

This was due to what NZ mobile teco’s charge when roaming- $30 per MB in most countries.  So that’s $30,000 per GB – which compares to around $10-$20  per GB if on a plan in NZ (and no, that’s not a mis-print – $30,000 per GB).  (Btw, OZ is one of the few cheaper countries, and ‘only’ $8 or $10 per MB depending if you are on XT ($8) or Voda($10)).

Now I agree with DPF on Kiwiblog here that this is a rip off, but I think some serious points are overlooked in the media analysis: (more…)

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