Tag Archives: iPhone 4

One business given free Bumpers for antenna let-down

Last week we found a story explaining Apple’s general stance on appeasing grumbling iPhone 4 customers. The script in the call centers included lines like “it’s your fault the signal is poor, hold it right!”, and “NO, you may absolutely not have a free Bumper.” These are paraphrased slightly, but, it’s pretty much what the line is if you do get in touch…

Competitors poke fun at Apple iPhone signal issues

Clearly with all the craziness surrounding Apple’s reception problems, it wouldn’t be long before some of the company’s rivals started to take pot shots at Jobs&Co. In a blog titled “How do you hold your Nokia?” on the Finnish company’s web site,  a writer goes in to great lengths to show all the different grips you can use on a Nokia handheld.  As I…

iParenting: Is sexviding the new tech threat to kids?

In doing research on last week’s piece on teens and smartphones, I came across a Yahoo post on “sexviding.” Yes, you read that right. It looks as though some folks are already blaming the downfall of civilization as we know it on the iPhone 4. With the preponderance of SMS- and MMS-enabled phones, incidents of “sexting” (or sending racy texts or…

TiPs & Tricks: Add bookmarklets to mobile Safari

We’ve got a super useful tip today that iOS users will be able to sink their teeth into. It only requires a few minutes of your time to make sharing or saving online content from your device soooo much easier. Today’s topic is the humble bookmarklet, and the tip is how to add them to mobile Safari. If you’re already familiar with bookmarklets, then you…

The latest Steve Jobs “email” soap opera, in a nutshell

A few days ago, BoyGenius posted what it thought was an authentic email exchange between Steve Jobs and an iPhone 4 user, who was upset about the antenna issues and the reported actions Apple reps were supposed to take (see below). We didn’t immediately run it here on TiP because… well, parts of the communication seemed a little fishy to us. Turns out,…

77% of iPhone 4 buyers upgraded from older iPhone

Piper Jaffray reported this week that 77 percent of the new iPhone 4 buyers upgraded from a previous model of the iPhone. In 2009, that was only 56% and a mere 38% in 2008. This is a big margin of growth, especially considering all the press that the device got about hardware glitches like antenna and screen issues. Other interesting notes from the…

Apple dumps 10% restocking fee

You know that “restocking fee” that many retailers slap customers with when they’re trying to return a purchase? It’s annoying enough to cough up a few bucks for smaller items, but when you’re talking about bigger ticket electronics, like say a glitchy iPhone 4, paying $20 or more for returning it can be downright upsetting for many…

The future of banking: Deposit Chase checks via iPhone

JPMorgan Chase just pushed out an update to its iPhone app with a re-he-heally interesting new feature. In addition to using the app for looking up balances, sending bill payments or searching branch locations – which already makes this a must-have app for any Chase customer – you can now deposit checks using this app! Checking account customers would…

Firefox Sync, Firefox Home app for iPhone announced

Are you an iPhone-using Firefox fan? Mozilla has some news that may make life a touch easier for you: the unveiling of Firefox Sync and a Firefox Home app for the iPhone. Formerly known as Weave Sync, Firefox Sync is a browser add-on for the Firefox 4 desktop version. It makes your bookmarks, history, Awesome Bar data, passwords/form data and open tabs…

Apple addresses iPhone 4 antenna issue — sorta

Today Apple released a letter regarding the iPhone 4 signal problems. As many of you know, many iPhone 4 users are complaining about the loss of signal that results from the “Death Grip,” or holding the device at its left corner while touching the right part of the antenna. (The first official class action lawsuit against Apple has even been filed, largely…