Today AT&T has released a statement stating that they will start unlocking iPhones starting this Sunday starting this Sunday (that is April 8, 2012). AT&T said that the unlocking service will only apply to off-contract iPhones and to members who have AT&T accounts in good standing. If you’ve terminated your AT&T contract or bought your iPhone off-contract, you are also eligible for this unlock. Here’s the full statement from the company:
“Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.”
There are many reasons as to why AT&T may be doing this. The first being that Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, received an email from an iPhone 3GS user last week. The user was temporarily moving to Canada and wanted to take his AT&T locked iPhone with him, but couldn’t. Tim reportedly told AT&T to unlock the user’s phone, which they supposedly did.
The second reason may be that AT&T has been under fire recently for their outrageous international roaming rates, charging just under $200 for 800mb of international data. International users who own an unlocked AT&T iPhone will now be able to simply swap SIM cards when traveling abroad.
As for me, I will be bringing in two iPhone 4’s to AT&T to be unlocked next week. If I encounter any problems, Techie-Buzz readers will be the first to know!
You may remember that in April of 2011, a 17-year-old from the Anhui province in China sold one of his kidneys for ¥22,000 (roughly $3,400). The teen, who goes under the surname Wang, claimed he sold one of his kidneys because he wanted an Apple iPad 2, but could not afford it. When asked by his mother how he acquired the Apple tablet, Wang told her about the sale. Wang is now suffering from renal deficiency, which occurs when a person’s kidney is too small to sustain normal life.
Xinhua News Agency, a government-run news network in China, has recently stated that five people have been charged with intentional injury of Wang. While we are not completely sure who these five people are, Xinhua said that the surgeon and the broker have been charged. Xinhua has not stated who bought the kidney.
The broker reportedly received ¥220,000 (approximately $35,000) for the transplant. While Wang only received ¥22,000, the rest of the cash was divided between the defendants and medical staff. As of now, we are unsure if the buyer of the kidney will be charged as the trade of organs has been illegal in China since 2007.
Unfortunately, stories like these are becoming a regular occurrence because of the growing popularity of Apple products in China. Scalpers are getting in on the deal by purchasing mass quantities of Apple products on launch day and selling them for large profits in tthe grey market. In the end, this causes people to go to perform outrageous acts in order to get the latest and greatest Apple device.
Yesterday, April 3rd 2012, Canon announced their latest DSLR, the EOS 60Da which is a camera designed especially for astrophotography. If you’re curious, astrophotography is the photographing of stars. This is the first upgrade to Canon’s astrophotography lineup since the release of the EOS 20Da, which featured an 8.2-megapixel sensor.
The Canon 60Da is essentially the same camera as the original 60D using the same 18-megapixel APS-c sensor. The only major change that has been made to the sensor is that it has been finely tuned for extra-sensitivity to the hydrogen-alpha wavelength by using a modified infrared sensor.
The 60Da also brings an improved version of Canon’s ClearView screen by jamming 1-million dots into the same 3-inch screen. Canon has also stated that they will be including an output cable to monitor the 60Da’s live view on a TV. This will be extremely helpful when your camera is tethered to a telescope. Unfortunately, the 60Da will not include a t-ring adapter for attachment to a telescope so you will have to buy this separately.
If you want to pick up the 60Da for yourself, it’ll run you $1499 for the body, $500 more than the standard 60D. Kit pricing and availability have not yet been announced. The 60Da will only be available at select Canon authorized resellers.