Appmodo claims to have spoken to a "reputable" AT&T employee, who told them that both MMS and tethering are coming in September. MMS will be no extra charge, but Appmodo says that tethering is going to be $55/month on top of your current data plan. Ouch. Let's hope Appmodo is right about the timing — but wrong about the price.
Happy birthday to the App Store, which celebrated its first birthday last week. And in honor of the occasion, Apple has selected 30 of their favorite apps and 30 of their favorite games. You can find their listing in iTunes. A number of my personal favorites are there, and I think I just might try some of the others listed. Click here to see the page in the App Store.
CNNMoney was launched recently and appears to be one of the top apps for up-to-the-minute news in the area of business and finance. It includes news, analysis, financial data, and streaming video. Features include the ability to personalize the content and how it's presented, breaking news alerts, stock ticker, customized stock quotes and tracking, and the ability to easily share articles and videos via e-mail or Twitter.
Real-world tests are being done on the claims of speed in the new iPhone — and it's passing these tests with flying colors. In addition, as this article on Medialets shows, even the previous 3G iPhone shows dramatic improvement with the new iPhone 3.0 software.
In addition to our own Used Handhelds and Gazelle, another place you can sell your used phone is NextWorth. According to a company representative, they're currently offering as much as $255 for used 3G iPhones. After the trade-in value is determined, you can opt to have a check sent via mail or paid via PayPal, or receive a Target or Amazon gift card in the amount of the trade-in value.
TidBITS has a great how-to article on the new feature in iPhone 3.0, called Find My iPhone, that lets you locate your iPhone. This feature requires a MobileMe account, which costs $99 per year (and which I recommend), but there's no other cost. (MobileMe constantly syncs your computer and your iPhone in the background automatically.
With over 5 million downloads, AroundMe must be one of the more popular apps. It's free, and it directs you to the nearest banks, bars, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, movie theaters, parking, pharmacies, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, taxis, and theaters. Plus it gives you three-day weather and other features. It's amazingly easy to use.
PCWorld has a helpful article titled "iPhone 3.0 Update: 10 Hidden Features." These features include: tapping and holding a URL in Safari to open it in a new tab, special characters in messaging, more ways to access the search function, adjusting the song scrolling speed, and having an unlimited number of apps installed.
If there's a gotcha in this, please don't blame me. I'm too chicken to try it myself. But, the fact is, iPhone 3.0 users have figured out that it's very simple to enable tethering (that is, using your iPhone to enable your laptop to connect to the Internet wherever you can get a signal). CrunchGear tells two methods of doing it, one simply entailing pointing your iPhone's Safari at a particular website.