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Looking For a Free Apple iPhone Offer? Here’s What You Need to Know

 

Have you heard about the free Apple iPhone offers? Well then you’re probably wondering what these offers are all about and if they are really legit. Well if you choose the right offer, from the right website, then these offers are 100% legit. However, you need to make sure that when you choose your free Apple iPhone offer that you know what you’re doing so that you stand a better chance of actually getting your freebie.

 

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First of all there in no guarantee that you will get a free phone. These phones are not given out to everyone who signs up for the offer, but they are definitely given out and you do have to be “in it to win it!” So, since it’s free to enter, then in my book that has to be worth a shot. Usually the offers range from you completing a short survey or simply typing in your email address and your  physical address 

NOTE: there’s nothing dodgy about them wanting your physical address, they just need to know where to send your phone if you get one! You might also have to clarify your email address when you type it into the company’s website. This is so that the company does not send you anything via email that you do not want. Basically the company needs to have your official say so, for them to be able to get in touch with you. So usually to get a free Apple iPhone you have to click a link in an email that they send you, that way you give them the go ahead to contact you. This is why it is vital that you use a real email address when filling in your offer and not a fake made up one. Because if you use a fake address, then you will not be able to get your free Apple iPhone. Now

Here’s Some Important Info For You – The best site I know where you can get your Free Apple iPhone. Just click on the following link and go to the next page and get a real shot at getting your free Apple iPhone !

Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.2 Firmware with blackra1n RC3 & other Versions

Blackra1n RC3 with blacksn0w unlocks iPhone 3G and 3GS running on iPhone 3.1.2 firmware with 05.11.07 baseband. But like most other tools, it comes with its share of problems as well. I have received loads of emails and comments related to problems with WiFi, Youtube and GPS not working when jailbreaking iPhone 3G/3GS with blackra1n RC3, and unlocking with blacksn0w on iPhone 3.1.2 firmware. After lots of trial and error, I have found the following two workarounds which are confirmed to fix all your issues related to no WiFi, Youtube app not working and GPS issue. 

   
 

 

How to: Jailbreak & Unlock iPhone 3.1.2 Firmware with blackra1n RC3 (with blacksn0w)
Please refer to the guide posted here to unlock, and here to jailbreak your iPhone 3G and 3GS on 3.1.2 firmware.

Fix #1: Reset Network Settings

 Those of you who are having issues with WiFi failing to connect to a nearby hotspot or network should reset your network settings by following three simple steps.

Step 1: On your iPhone 3G and 3GS, navigate to Settings –> General –> Reset –> Reset Network Settings.

Step 2: A dialog will prompt you with “Reset Network Settings” button as shown in the screenshot below.

iPhone - Reset Network Settings

Step 3: Hit this button and turn off your iPhone by holding down power button on the top and then slide to turn off your phone. Now turn on your iPhone by holding down the power button on the top again until you see the Apple logo.

Resetting your network setting will fix your WiFi problem temporarily. The problem will come back once you have rebooted your iPhone again. You will have to reset your network settings pretty much every time you reboot your iPhone.

Fix #2: Install Push Fix App

Push Fix app from Cydia is used to fix Push Notifications on hacktivated iPhone 3.1.x firmware. I found out that installing this app also fixes all issues caused by blacksn0w related to WiFi, Youtube app and GPS along with Push Notifications on hacktivated iPhone’s. Follow the steps below to install Push Fix app:

Step 1: First reset your network settings as mentioned in Fix #1 above to bring back WiFi temporarily. We need WiFi to install Push Fix app from Cydia.

Step 2: Now start “Cydia” on your iPhone. Touch on “Manage” tab on the bottom and then on “Sources” as seen in the screenshot below:

Install Push Fix App

Step 3: Touch on “Edit” and then on “Add”. You will be prompted to enter a url source as seen in the screenshot below. Type http://cydia.iphoneil.netand touch on “Add Source”.

Install Push Fix App

Cydia will now automatically update your sources by following a series of automated steps.

Step 4: After installation is completed. Search for “Push Fix” in Cydia and install this application. This app will automatically fix Push Notification System on your unlocked and jailbroken iPhone.

Install Push Fix App

Install Push Fix App

Step 5: Restart you iPhone.

Credit for Fix #2 should fix all issues related to WiFi, Youtube and GPS which some of you might have encountered when unlocking your iPhone with blacksn0w.

 Let me know if this solutions fixes your problem….

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Loss of Wi-Fi connectivity plagues the iPhone 3G as well

 

Wi-Fi connectivity problems are not limited to the iPhone 3GS, not by a long shot. The iPhone 3G is widely reported to have connectivity problems that, according to the large number of people discussing it on the Apple Support Discussions, dwarf the reports regarding the 3GS.

In over fourteen Apple Discussion threads, over six hundred messages have been posted with the first one being written on June 17th, shortly after the release of iPhone 3.0 software. These threads have been read by thousands of users. Unfortunately, to date, a solution is not at hand.

The problem, verified by many, is that when updating to the new software, Wi-Fi connectivity on the iPhone 3G either decreased or vanished entirely. Those who were used to getting full bars of Wi-Fi connectivity now experience markedly less bars. Worse, even if some signal strength bars are displayed, often there is no Internet connectivity.

Many solutions have been proposed including resetting the router, changing settings (seemingly at random), and even putting the 3G in the freezer:

“Also i might note, I turned off wifi, turned off the phone, put it in the freezer (in a bag) for 10 mins, turned the phone back on, put the phone right next to my wifi antenna and then turned on wifi and it joined, it JUST joined and I couldnt believe it,” says one forum poster. Several others report similar results, but this fix did not last long. In fact, blog posts have been written about possible solutions, but none of them seemed to pan out after using Wi-Fi for a short period of time.

Some writers have said that the 3.1 update will fix the problem while a larger number say that the new software release won’t help at all.

To prove that this is not an isolated incident, one user wrote about upgrading four iPhones and experiencing the problem on every one of them.

Replacement iPhones have been circulated through Apple Stores, but that didn’t seem to fix the problem either. This brings up a a hardship that we in the US, with available Apple Stores, don’t have to deal with. In some countries, like Italy and Croatia, all repairs are done via mail order with a four-week wait. The quandary becomes whether to send in your phone and wait a month with no guarantee of a fix, or to wait for the 3.1 software revision which again, may not solve the problem. What to do?

A lesser but salient problem reported in the Discussions is a lack of Bluetooth connectivity in conjunction with the lack of Wi-Fi. It seems that losing Bluetooth for those affected is a package deal with Wi-Fi since I haven’t found reports of Bluetooth vanishing by itself.

Apple is reported to be well aware of this problem. As time goes on and the number affected increases, Apple Stores are acknowledging the problem and replacing phones, but to no avail.

If you would like to delve deeper, here are a number of Apple Support Discussion links discussing this problem.

Using the old saw of ‘a squeaky wheel gets the most grease,’ perhaps a preponderance of evidence will get Apple moving on such a widespread malady.

If you have experienced this issue, please comment about it.

iPhone cellular data not working? Try resetting your network settings

 

 Nov 11th, 2009

The “Reset Network Settings” button on the iPhone not only resets your Wi-Fi settings — resulting in a clean slate with respect to Wi-Fi access points and their passwords — it also resets your phone carrier settings. Several months back, I had the darndest trouble with cellular data access. I could place and receive calls, but couldn’t get cellular data access no matter what I did. I tried going into and out of airplane mode, turning the phone on and off, and resetting it, all with no luck.

So I decided to call AT&T. Apparently, one of the cell phone towers near my office was having trouble and fell out of and back into commission. And although the tower was back up and running, my iPhone was stuck in cellular data purgatory. AT&T support suggested that resetting the network settings on the device would likely resolve the issue: and it did. Resetting network settings has also helped me resolve an issue I was having with Visual Voicemail, (see footnote below), on another occasion.

To reset your iPhone’s network settings, tap your way to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. With great power also comes great annoyances, like having to reconnect to previously remembered access points and having to re-enter passwords.

Footnotes:

Visual Voicemail

This happened to me last time I upgraded from my original iPhone to the 3G. I went to check messages, and instead of seeing the list of people who called, the phone simply dialed the voicemail number. The solution this time is the same as last time.

Go to the AT&T web site, log in, and under Phone, Device Support you’ll see an option to ‘Reset Voicemail Password.’ Go ahead and do that, and AT&T will send you a text message with a temporary password. Go to your iPhone, set up Visual Voicemail again as if your phone was new, and put your old password back in.

It seems like AT&T could handle all this automatically, and it clearly works for some, but a quick check of friends who upgraded found quite a few with the problem. All this logging in and re-setting passwords is not the most elegant solution, but apparently it is the only solution.

Hope this helps some of you

 

You Tube Robot, downlod video to your iPhone!

Free YouTube to iPhone Converter – 2.1.4.52

YouTubeRobot – Version: 2.1.2.1, 5/15/2008 11:42PM PST MAX0211 YouTubeRobot.com today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from YouTube.com onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune. YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time. Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos. Click on the Play Arrow below to play the explaination video.

Go To Product page: http://www.youtuberobot.com

Direct download link: DownloadButton

Company web-site: http://www.youtuberobot.com E-mail: support@youtuberobot.com

Yes, you can purchase insurance for your Apple iPhone!

As you likely already know, and as has become the case with higher priced “smartphones” through many providers, traditional mobile phone insurance is not available for the iPhone. That doesn’t mean you want to leave your $500 or $600 iPhone unprotected, does it? “What?” you say, “I paid $199 for my iPhone”. That may be true, but it is important to know that those prices are subsidized by your mobile carrier (i.e. AT&T) and are one-time purchase prices only. If you damage or lose your iPhone, you’ll need to replace that phone at full price ($499 or $599).

Of course not. Luckily, there are still several options out there that will help cover you should something happen to your iPhone.

AppleCare

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AppleCare is Apple’s extended warranty and support program which covers products outside their limited manufacturer’s warranty. In the case of the iPhone, AppleCare will provide an additional year of coverage for defects and repair, including the battery.

AppleCare does not provide coverage for accidental damage, which means that drops, spills, splashes, and anything and everything else that Apple can attribute to your misuse rather than a product failure will not be covered by AppleCare.

To get real damage insurance for your iPhone read on below:

A handful of companies have arisen to fill the gap created by the lack of carrier-provided mobile phone insurance for certain devices. These companies are now offering coverage plans for the iPhone.

Squaretrade, who has been in business since 1999, is offering coverage equivalent to the AppleCare program, called the CarePlan, for as much as $30 less per year less (depending on what model and size of iPhone you need coverage for). Should your iPhone need attention, Squaretrade promises to fix it or pay you the full purchase price of the iPhone, all within five days. SquareTrade’s insurance plans have received near perfect consumer ratings on NexTag and Epinions, and has received an A+ rating from the BBB (Better Business Bureau). As a result, Squaretrade has sold over 1,000,000 warranties to date.

Despite the rave reviews and the lower price, the key factor that sets the SquareTrade warranties apart from AppleCare and other competitors is the coverage for accidental damage. SquareTrade is the only licensed insurance provider that covers accidental damage. According to SquareTrade, “drops, spills, water damage, battery failures or any other failures from normal use or accidental damage” are all covered under their plans.

For more information on SquareTrade, head directly to their page, Click the Buy Now portion of the  SquareTrade iPhones Break image below to purchase their warranties. There are plans starting at $96 and easy 3 payment plans that are just $32 to start! I think you will agree that this is very affordable for any budget!

SquareTrade

 

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  • 2 years of coverage: The SquareTrade iPhone warranty covers your iPhone for 2 years, starting on the date of purchase.
  • Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH): 80% of all iPhone failures reported to SquareTrade are caused by accidents. The SquareTrade iPhone warranty is the only coverage option that protects against drops, spills, and other accidents!
    • Deductible: There is a $50 deductible when claiming on an accidentally damaged item (e.g. drops, spills). If your issue falls under the standard warranty terms (i.e., a mechanical or electrical failure), no deductible applies.
    • Exclusions: There is a 30-day exclusion window after you first purchase your item. ADH does not include loss, willful damage or damage occurring through gross misuse of the item. The damage must have occurred unintentionally while the item was being used as intended.
  • Extended coverage of the manufacturer’s warranty: The SquareTrade iPhone warranty also extends the same coverage as the manufacturer’s warranty. This covers all mechanical and electrical problems that arise out of normal use. This includes most hardware failures and power/charging failures.
    • No deductible: If your iPhone fails because of a manufacturer defect, there is NO deductible to claim.
    • Battery: If the iPhone battery life drops below 50% of the original, it’s eligible for a replacement.
  • All warranties sold by SquareTrade are covered by AmTrust Financial Services, a company rated A- by A.M. Best.