AT&T Eligibility Check!

WWDC is only a couple hours away and we are all anticipating a new iPhone to be announced, but those who bought the iPhone 3GS might feel a little left out thinking they are not eligible for a new upgrade. Well AT&T users can now check if they are eligible for an early upgrade by pressing *639# on their AT&T phone. AT&T has started giving out early upgrades for the month of June only being eligible for an iPhone upgrade. So that means once that iPhone HD/4G is announced you will be able to pre-order it like every other customer no problem.

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Verizon spokesman says “no plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future”

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During an interview from Beet.tv, Verizon Spokesman John Johnson stated:

Q: Let me ask you first of all about Verizon and the iPhone. What is happening, if anything? What is the status?

A: No one ever asks that question. (Smiles) So, no plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future, but you’ve gotta look at the incredible excitement around the Android devices…

These comments should be taken with a grain of salt as TheStreet reports that analyst Ashok Kumar claims that Apple is getting ready to do a possible holiday launch on Verizon:

The Mac maker has also told its manufacturing partner Asustek to plan on starting full-scale production of a CDMA version of the iPhone to be available at Verizon as early as November, Kumar says. The report is yet another confirmation of Apple’s long-awaited Verizon iPhone, which still awaits final approval from the two companies that have not always seen eye-to-eye.

[via MacRumors]

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iPhone 3G 8GB gets kicked to the curb; new iPhone hitting stores by June 18th

Rumors and reports are pretty cool most of the time, except when they actually start to flow on top of each other and make some sense. BGR reported earlier today by one of his tipsters that AT&T is starting to unload the iPhone 3G GB, as they will no longer be available for sale via AT&T:

June 4, 2010

iPhone 3G 8 GB is Out of Stock

Effective immediately, iPhone 3G 8GB is Out of Stock.  Please refer all customers to iPhone 3GS 16 GB and 32 GB models.

FAQ:
Q:  When will we receive inventory for iPhone 3G 8GB?
A:  At this time, we do not know when more iPhone 3G 8GB will arrive.

Q:  Are there any iPhone 3G 8 GB available in COR if my customer can purchase there?
A:  Check with your local COR stores to see if they have any inventory available.

This could mean that the iPhone 3GS would drop to $99 dollars with the impending release of the next gen iPhone. Skip ahead a few hours later and BGR reports that AT&T employees have received very ‘high’ quotas for the month of June. With WWDC next week, it is anticipated that the release date of the new next gen iPhone 4G or HD may be released as soon as June 18th, which is a Friday. Considering Sprint has had a pretty hectic and successful launch day with the HTC EVO 4G, this could force Apple to bump up the launch window even earlier and try and nab a few of the folks considering an EVO 4G running Android.

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[Update – yes it does] Next gen iPhone 4G/HD to come in white too?

Render of next gen iPhone

Seeing the iPhone 4G or HD in white would be nice! But alas, this may be just a dream by to modeling master Martin uit Utrecht’s work. Thanks to his awesomeness at using Rhinoceros and Maxwell, he was able to create this wonderful images of what is possibly to come in the next gen iPhone. What is interesting to note is that the model does coincide with reports of a white faceplate and white back cover for the next gen iPhone.

What would make a white iPhone even better? How about a color stack of iPhones like the iPod Nanos!  We can all dream but I believe the next logical move after the release of the next gen iPhone (in black and white) would be to colorize the outer part of the handsets and give the customers more choices. Doing so would ensure Apple has an even larger sales cycle with the yet-to-be introduced next gen iPhone (4G or HD).

Update: Power Book Medic got a hold of some real pics of the white iPhone and not like the renders above. The outer casing does come in white and looks pretty darn appealing to myself and plenty of other people I know.

Real pic of the next gen iPhone

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Verizon won’t get iPhone next week; most likely later this year

In a report published by Brighthand today, it states that Verizon will not see it’s CDMA version of the iPhone until later this year. According to a research note for its investors, Piper Jafray stated:

“We believe that it is unlikely that the next generation iPhone will be available at Verizon (or Sprint) at launch; rather, it is more likely that it remains exclusively available at AT&T in the U.S. at launch,” Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray wrote in a research note to investors.

The article also points out some related reports:

According to a recent unconfirmed report, Apple has hired a company in Taiwan to produce a version of the iPhone with support for CDMA wireless networks, the cellular-wireless standard used by Verizon and Sprint. Production is supposedly going to begin in August or September. In addition, unnamed sources at several large companies have claimed to be testing a version of the iPhone with support for Verizon’s nascent 4G network. This LTE-powered model will allegedly be released this summer. If these unsubstantiated reports are correct, Apple will release a version of its smartphone for AT&T first, but a model for Verizon will come a few months later.
The reports do make sense. Everyone says a dual-band CDMA/4G can’t be released because Verizon’s network is not yet running/nor would it be running in several markets. But people need to take a step back and see that Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G, running on WiMAX, is one of the most hotly anticipated phones due this summer, and it is being released on a 4G WiMAX network that is not yet available in several major markets.
I know that a Verizon iPhone would be a huge boost to Verizon as well as Apple in handset sales and shared revenue for music, movie and app downloads. It’s a win-win situation for both Verizon and Apple in the end.

Color iPhone 4G possibly on the way? [Pics]

With the 2010 WWDC forthcoming here in just a few weeks, one has to wonder what does Apple have left in store for the iPhone 4 (G or HD) that has yet to be announced. With all the hoopla of the iPhone 4G Gizmodo bought and returned and images leaked yesterday of a white iPhone, what could Apple possibly have left for the consuming masses? Color iPhones perhaps? Well the guys over at Spazio Cellulare have done a pretty decent job of mock-ups of the new iPhone (G or HD). Indeed, these are some very convincing renders and give a splash of color all over these yet to be released handsets. Although the soft colors don’t seem to fit right with past Apple products, it does give us an indication of what is perhaps to come with the next version of the iPhone – because there is so much we have already learned from all the leaks, I seriously doubt any huge surprises at this year’s event, but I’m sure I’m wrong. Apple never fails to let us down, right?

[via Spazio Cellulare]

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Hello Sexy White iPhone 4G (HD)

Our good friends over at FoneArena got a couple of pics showing us proof that a white iPhone 4G (or HD if you prefer) seems imminent on arrival at this point.  I must say it looks very sexy in white, which is a color I would probably never get, but after looking at this case, I could make an argument for the color. Poor Steve Jobs is probably pulling out whatever hair he has left on his very red, hot, and sweaty head at this point.

More iPhone 4G pics surface – 10 million CDMA iPhones ordered by Apple – iPad to hit Walmart

What a week for Apple. Jobs is either the greatest marketing genius every to walk the face of this earth or he is throwing some angry tirades in the Cupertino offices right now. The Vietnamese leaked photos and video (see below) from Taoviet, the French blogger site BeGeek thought they were fortunate to receive some pics too, but found out that they came from non other than: Taoviet.Hit link for videos and pics. Read more of this post

Apple: Good Morning Vietnam – we have your new iPhone

Wow. That’s right. Apple can’t hold back the media much longer. Straight out of Vietnam, come new pics of the fourth generation iPhone: or otherwise known as the iPhone 4G.

Not much new here since Gizomodo’s post. But here is more proof of what is to come.

Hit up Engadget for more pics.

Verizon iPhone: Landor Associates working on upcoming iPhone campaign

Rumors are rumors but we’ve been saying this since last year that the iPhone is coming to Verizon. What we do know according to Crunchgear, is that  Landor Associates, an advertising company which has been contracted by Verizon, is doing some stuff for big red this summer. We are told that “working on an advertising campaign” for Verizon for an upcoming iPhone. Apparently, Ladnor has been working on Verizon branding since 2007 and is, according to a their tipster, now working on an iPhone launch this year.

Now whether that is it is the new iPhone 4G (or 4) or the original iPhone 3Gs with iPhone 4.0 updated on the handset. I would think that the latter is more of a possibility. Why? Because this way, Apple’s exclusivity to AT&T would not technically be broken since AT&T would get the new iPhone 4G released on their network while the iPhone 3Gs updated with 4.0 would hit Verizon’s network.

[via CrunchGear]