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mugwump

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Apple is really missing the mobile computing world.

In developing countries this is the OS of choice, using small devices with resolutions greater than the original Mac.

With my Treo I have email, internet, MS word and Excel, and most other daily apps.

But Palm is moving away from Mac support, leaving it up to third party products that have spotty Mac support.

Wither Apple?
 
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Stella

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Apr 21, 2003
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Whats the point of Apple becoming a cell phone network provider?

It'll have little uptake ( world wide ) because Apple will restrict it to the states, and it probably won't be cheap, either.

I really hope this is a fake.
 
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mugwump

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Cellphone network provider? What does this mean?

Virgin does it, by simply renting out the Sprint Network in the US.

Apple runs an entire consumer marketplace, from stores to internet music paradigms, to online subscriptions services, to 24 hour corporate support products. They are making billions and almost half the revenues of Microsoft.

They can't handle mobile OS customers also?
 
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longofest

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So I've done some digging for those who didn't look at the original stories. Here is the scoop.

The phone is a Samsung SGH x497 merely with what appears to be an Apple branded SIM in it. Apple would simply be using Cingular's network to provide their Mobile Me service. This is not the iPhone.
 
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1984

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Jan 1, 2005
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It's an Apple gift card someone cut up to make it look like a SIM.
 
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askthedust

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Jan 17, 2003
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enlightenment
don't care about the phone...

Truly mobile computing may be the ticket here. a .mac subscription that can be accessed without wires connecting your tower at home with you on the road.
 
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yellow

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Look for the iDrive at a Kia dealer near you..
 

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Superdrive

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Oct 21, 2003
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berkleeboy210 said:
that looks like an itunes store card to me.

Yahtzee! There is the solution right there. That is the only place Apple uses color any more. Other products are black and white. And besides do you think Apple would have anything to do with a protruding antenna?
 
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syklee26

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Jul 26, 2005
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breaking news

yellow said:
Look for the iDrive at a Kia dealer near you..


[AP] Today, after Kia's announcement of new iDrive, BMW announced that it will bring a suit against Kia for trademark infringement. More news will be coming up soon.
 
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nagromme

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May 2, 2002
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alywa said:
I'd believe it more if it was shot in an elevator.
Agreed :D

Cut up an iTunes card, stick it in a phone, put it on the floor of an elevator, and focus on Mars before taking the shot. A smoke machine is also recommended.

WHY would anyone send out a TEST phone for a MVNO, using an existing phone with the existing Cingular network? Yeah, THAT sounds like Apple secrecy.

Occam's Razor says.... fake!
 
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Bob Knob

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Mar 20, 2003
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yellow said:
Look for the iDrive at a Kia dealer near you..

That car is so obviously fake, the picture is nowhere near blurry enough for that to be real.
 
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the_ki

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Mar 19, 2003
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So the conversation was...

"So you agree to this NDA."

Yes.


"You are one of only fifty beta-testers for our new MVNO."

Got it.

"Our CEO is very serious about secrecy and security."

So I've heard.

"So you will do nothing to compromise this secret."

Mum's the word.

"Good. Now here's your bright neon green SIM card emblazoned with our logo."

Of course. No one will notice that.

:rolleyes:
 
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tiiim

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Jun 14, 2005
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its always funny how this breaking new stories are always blurry pics. The guy took 2 shots and both were blurry!!!! What are the chances.:confused:
 
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Thanatoast

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askthedust said:
Truly mobile computing may be the ticket here. a .mac subscription that can be accessed without wires connecting your tower at home with you on the road.
Pipe dream? Yes. But good idea? I think so. Mobile internet for your macbook, everywhere you get cell service? At EVDO speed? Sign me up.
 
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nagromme

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May 2, 2002
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It's the excited shaking that causes the blur. We're lucky they even found the shutter button :)
 
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