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Mix: iPhone + Wal-Mart, iPod nano 4G bug, AT&T, T3 Awards

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, October 13, 2008
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Wal-Mart will begin carrying the iPhone 3G on November 15th, according to a new report. The Boy Genius Report, citing anonymous sources, claims the handset will be available ahead of Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving which traditionally kicks-off the holiday shopping season), but does not provide any activation specifics or other details.

A new bug has been found in the current iPod nano 4G software. According to a thread on iLounge’s forums, the player will sometimes reverse the left and right audio channels when woken from its sleep mode, although the nano will often times correct the problem on its own after a subsequent power-down and reawakening.

AT&T will soon discontinue its $20/month “Unlimited” MediaNet data option for pay-as-you-go customers. Ars Techinca reports that users of the plan, which up until now has offered pre-paid iPhone customers up to 5GB of data transfer per month, are beginning to receive text messages from AT&T announcing the discontinuation, noting that 1MB and 5MB MediaNet packages will remain available.

British electronics magazine T3 recently announced the winners of its T3 Gadget Awards 2008, with Apple media products bringing home several awards. The 32GB iPod touch was named both Gadget of the Year and Best Music Gadget, while the iPhone brought home an award for Commuter Gadget of the Year.

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I know WalMart is a huge retailer in the US, but still an odd next place for the iPhone to be sold.  I don’t want to insult anyone who works there but do they really have the tech support background at Walmart to deal with the questions that will arise with activation and supporting the device?  At least at Best Buy some of the employees have a tech background but Walmart is not where I go for cutting edge technology or support, just cheaper prices!

Also I tend to think of WalMart being in “outlying areas” where 3G might not even be present yet.  Oh well, at least they might carry more iPhone specific accessories at even lower prices than Best Buy for the holidays!

Posted by TosaDeac on October 13, 2008 at 1:29 PM (PDT)

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The iPod nano bug should really be fixed. I’ve seen that Apple likes to release new iPods instead of fix bugs, but I don’t have a nano. It’s not my problem. And iPhones have been appearing in almost every store now, like Costco (Canadian), which is a store for buying things in bulk, or even places like Futureshop, BestBuy’s Canadian store. Apple is obviously trying to get their product everywhere, and get it known. It’s working pretty well for them.
I’m typing this from an iPod too, which goes to show how they have evolved and revolutionized what a real device is suppose to do. The design and UI of their products is amazingly simple, and very attractive.

Posted by David on October 22, 2008 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

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