Memos from March 2009


Unlock Phones from AT&T

So in prepa­ra­tion to going to Europe, I wanted to be able to have a cell­phone (mobile) handy in case of an emer­gency. I wanted to just use the iPhone 3G but I have updated to iPhone OS 2.2.1 with a base­band of 2.30.03, which there is no (soft­ware) unlock for. Luck­ily, I still have kept my Sam­sung Black­jack (1).

Here’s what I found out when get­ting my Black­jack unlocked:

  • Call 611 (Cus­tomer Ser­vice), and not the local AT&T store.
  • Unlock­ing is “free” (accord­ing to the CSR who helped me).
  • Give your IMEI num­ber to the CSR to receive your phone’s unlock code.
  • To get your phone’s IMEI num­ber, press *#06#
  • To pro­ceed with the unlock process: 
    • Take out the SIM card if there are any first.
    • You have to do the fol­low­ing key­strokes: #7465625*638*unlock_code# (unlock_code is your own of course).
    • Your phone’s dis­play will then have some type of mes­sage that it has dis­abled a lock of some sort.

I hope that helps.

Apple’s New Ipod Shuffle

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It seems that Apple just released their new iPod Shuf­fle today. VoiceOver seems to be the newest tech­nol­ogy other than the new form-factor. They say its half-the-size of the pre­vi­ous one, and has a capac­ity of 4GB. In terms of color, its cur­rently avail­able in sil­ver or black.

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The only thing I’m wor­ried about is that you have to use the built-in con­trols on the ear­phones that comes with it (or am I miss­ing some­thing?). That’s actu­ally a pretty big one to weigh out.

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That would suck if you’d like to use some­thing else and/or replace it in the future. You won’t be able to Play, Pause, Skip, etc. Any­ways, I per­son­ally wouldn’t buy this new one and would stick with the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion just because of the lim­i­ta­tion of hav­ing to play songs only through the earphones.

I’m hop­ing I’m not the only one that finds this as a big concern.

Update
For more details regard­ing the new iPod Shuffle’s earbud-controls, read up on Gizmodo’s arti­cle: Con­firmed: Your iPod Shuf­fle Ear­buds Need Pro­pri­etary Chip to Func­tion.