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The Apple iPhone 3G phone launched today. Say hello to the first people in line to purchase the new tech toy in the UK. Click here for a list of Apple Store locations.
iPhones went on sale at 8 am in the US. There was a long line outside the main Fifth Avenue Apple Store in NYC. Click here for more info on 3G iphone activation.
What a difference a year makes. We were at the NYC Flaghship store launch of the iPhone 1.0. Check out our technology report from the historic launch. People were literally doing backflips over the phone. The new iPhone 2.0 3G model is priced at $199.
Watch Steve Jobs announce the WWDC 2008 News: iPhone 3G makes its debut.
Here are some FAQ's
Because Apple changed the game with iPhone 3G -- it's no longer demanding a slice of carriers' subscriber revenues and now takes subsidy payments from operators instead -- the first day of iPhone v.2 is a completely different deal. By now you probably know that "3G" stands for the new network capabilities it offers, including faster data transfer speeds. And, of course, there's the built-in GPS, which application developers will no doubt make use of with a slew of new apps. There were already more than 550 available when Apple's App Store went live on Thursday.
And yet, on opening day, we expect you'll have questions. And we have some of the answers.
When does the iPhone go on sale? In the U.S., doors open on Friday, July 11, at 8 a.m. local time. In the other 22 countries that get the iPhone out the gate, your mileage may vary. Japan's Softbank Mobile Corp., for example, was going to start selling the iPhone 3G at its store in Tokyo's Harajuku district at 7 a.m. local time (6 p.m. EDT Thursday in the U.S.) In some markets, however, the phone won't arrive for a week or more.
Where do I get one?
With Apple's strategic shift -- it's taking the money upfront from
carriers in the form of subsidies, rather than a piece of the
subscriber revenues -- there's not much online action for the new
model. (Some exceptions: O2, the exclusive carrier in the U.K., took
preorders online earlier this week -- not that it did most customers
much good, as the site melted down within an hour. source