Archive for September, 2008

How to maintain your Original iPhone Data Plan while using/upgrading to an iPhone 3G

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Step 1:
Purchase an iPhone 3G with a NEW CONTRACT – do not get a fancy plan… stick with the basics…

Step 2: Swap your sim-card from your old iPhone wit the sim-card in your newly purchased 3G. (yes, it will work off the bat- no activation required!)

Step 3: Use iPhone 3G w/ your original sim-card, sync w/ iTunes to transfer all your original contacts, music, et al. Maintain your original data plan which could be as much as $25 cheaper on a monthly basis, and evade the 2-year contract & 1-year upgrade limitation.

Step 4: Call AT&T and request a cancellation for you newly acquired contract (the # you picked up when you purchased the 3G)

Step 5: Sell your old iPhone on eBay/Craigslist for upwards of $450-$500!!!

Let’s calculate your total out of pocket expense/savings/benefits:

Buy a new iPhone 3G for $199, sign up for a new data plan for $69.99 w/ $35 activation, cancel the contract for $170, and you’re scott free!Total expense for new 3G iPhone w/ NO CONTRACT: $476

Typical savings on an annual basis assuming unlimited text messaging: $180/year

Additional Benefits: NO CONTRACT for your iPhone 3G, ability to resell the device whenever you please (now $850 on eBay), and remain eligible for incentivized phone upgrades!

Comment with questions!

Push IMAP Gmail for Blackberry – trick: Enable both POP & IMAP in Gmail Settings!

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Blackberry Curve
As of September 4, 2008…”A quiet BlackBerry Internet Service upgrade has been rolled out that according to many is resulting in much quicker e-mail delivery over IMAP. Traditionally, only those on BlackBerry Enterprise Server would get their e-mail pushed to their handset instantly, and BIS users had to wait 10-15 minutes for delivery. Now anyone getting their BIS e-mail via servers that support IMAP IDLE will receive messages in real-time as the standard was designed to provide.” –

To ensure that you receive true PUSH you must¬†enable both “POP” & “IMAP” Access under your Gmail Settings – “Forwarding & Pop/Imap Settings.”

This may be of particular interest to those that have Gmail for Organizations setup, and aren’t receiving true instant IMAP access per the Sept. 4 Blackberry Email Service update.

Note: to receive IMAP email support on your blackberry device, you must setup your email to receive it via IMAP – if you haven’t done so, please see: “the following instructions.”

Please comment with questions if you might need further clarification.