#iphone 3g


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.

Parra x Incase — iPhone 3G Slider Case

Dutch artist’ Par­ra adds some col­ors to the infa­mous Incase iPhone 3G Slid­er Case. Why “infa­mous”? Because I wrote about a while back in August before get­ting one for myself. All I can say is that it has served me well, and has lived up to the hype that it brought ever since com­ing out for the first-gen­er­a­tion iPhones.

But alas, though Parra’s design is dope, I just don’t know if it suits my iPhone per­son­al­ly. But that’s just me. Any­ways, if you would like to get your hands on it, stay tuned to Ark­i­tip who will be curat­ing the piece on Octo­ber 24, 2008.

Source via Hype­beast

Apple Recalls iPhone 3G Ultracompact USB Power Adapter

Apple recent­ly post­ed a notice that it is recall­ing the ultra­com­pact USB pow­er adapters that came with the iPhone 3G.

Users with ultra­com­pact pow­er adapters should imme­di­ate­ly stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultra­com­pact adapter.

Con­tin­ue read­ing →

Find Duplicates in Address Book

Ever had the sit­u­a­tion where you have synced your iPhone (to iTunes OS X) and hap­pen to sync both the con­tacts from your Address Book and Google Con­tacts? Or, just hap­pen to add someone’s new con­tact info as anoth­er con­tact-card? Well, here’s how I cleaned and merged dupli­cate con­tacts so that my Address Book per­forms like a champ.

  1. Launch Script Edi­tor (Applications/AppleScript/Script Edi­tor)
  2. Paste the fol­low­ing code snip­pet
    tell application "Address Book"
        set biglist to {}
        set theGroup to count every person
        if not (exists (group "Duplicate Entries")) then
            make new group with properties {name:"Duplicate Entries"}
        end if
        set the_names to the name of every person as list
        repeat with i from 1 to number of items in the_names
            set this_Name to item i of the_names
            set theName to name of person this_Name as string
            if this_Name is not in biglist then
                copy this_Name to end of biglist
            else
                add (people whose name is theName) to group "Duplicate Entries"
            end if
        end repeat
        save addressbook
    end tell
  3. Save your new­ly cre­at­ed script (would usu­al­ly default to ~/Documents/AppleScripts/), and just open/run it

Now, the eas­i­est way to fig­ure out if its run­ning or not (at least for me) was to run the Activ­i­ty Mon­i­tor and sort by CPU. I sim­ply just wait­ed to see if Address Book would climb to the top doing 90+, and back down to nil. When this is done, you should be able to see a group called “Dupli­cate Entries”. From there, you may now sort through the details and delete the ones that you don’t need.

Note: You can also do a quick merge via Address Book itself from dupli­cate con­tacts. How­ev­er, you won’t be able to see which con­tacts are being merged as its just a set-it-and-for­get kind of deal. If you do not care and sim­ply just want to get rid of those dupes, you can do so by doing the fol­low­ing:

  1. Launch Address Book
  2. Select Card from its menu
  3. Then, select Look­ing for Dupli­cates… and just go through the fol­low­ing prompts after search results fin­ish­es

Incase Slider for iPhone 3G

Sweet­ness! Final­ly. I’ve heard so much good things about the Incase Slid­er (case) for the first-gen iPhones. I rig­or­ous­ly tried to do some research if there were any for the iPhone 3G a few weeks ago. I lat­er found out even­tu­al­ly that it won’t be released till mid-August (now). At least, it’s here and that Incase has kept true to their words.

Here’s a brief descrip­tion that was on the Incase Slid­er for iPhone 3G:

Our most pop­u­lar case for the first gen­er­a­tion iPhone is now avail­able for iPhone 3G. For the finest in sleek, durable pro­tec­tion, the Slid­er Case for iPhone 3G is made of hard­shell plas­tic and fea­tures a min­i­mal wall thick­ness of 1mm. Inte­ri­or rub­ber guardrails pro­vide shock absorp­tion in addi­tion to impact and scratch pro­tec­tion.

Fea­tures

* Durable iPhone 3G pro­tec­tion
* Light­weight hard­shell plas­tic con­struc­tion
* Direct access to widescreen
* Easy access to all con­trols and device fea­tures
* Allows charg­ing while in case or bot­tom cov­er slides away for dock­ing
* Avail­able in mat­te and gloss fin­ish­es

I think I’ll be grab­bing one of the “black mat­te” ones soon. Although the “white gloss” ver­sion is look­ing clean too. I’m say­ing this because I have a 16GB Black, and I can always just take out the case if I am wear­ing a suit or some­thing (which hap­pens rarely, but been numer­ous late­ly due to wed­dings).

All-in-all, I think it’ll be sell­ing like hot cakes as the case for the first-gen did very well and left a very fla­vor­ful impres­sion amongst iPhone-case fan­boys, and fan­girls. Then again, I might be wrong—different stroke for dif­fer­ent folks.

Update
For a walk­through of the Slider’s func­tion­al­i­ty, here’s a video review of the Incase Slid­er for the first-gen:

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