China Unicom Offering Free iPhone 4S On Contract

Just a few days ago, Apple announced that it would be launching the iPhone 4S in China and in 22 other new countries on January 13th. This means that the iPhone 4S will be just in time for the Chinese holiday season, with the Chinese New Year falling on January 23rd. Without a doubt, the launch will be a huge hit.

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Today, Bloomberg reports that China Unicom, Apple’s existing iPhone carrier partner in the country, has announced details on pricing that include a free iPhone 4S for users subscribing to contracts being offered for as little as $45 per month. This promotion will begin on January 13th.  China Unicom subscribers can get a free 32-gigabyte iPhone 4S with a three-year service contract. And the 16GB model is available free for those who agree to a two-year contract.

China United Network Communications Group (CHTZ), the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, will give users an Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 4S if they sign multiyear service contracts costing as little as 286 yuan ($45) a month.

The promotion starting Jan. 13 offers a 32-gigabyte model with a three-year plan, while a commitment to two years for a monthly fee of 386 yuan allows users to get the 16-gigabyte model, the company known as China Unicom said in a statement on its website yesterday.

The subsidies offered by China Unicom seems to be much better than the carriers across the world, but the iPhone has proven to be costly for the carriers. In the U.S., customers on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon can get a 16GB iPhone 4S for $199 with a new two-year contract, while the 32GB model costs $299 and 64GB is $399. The iPhone 3GS, if purchased via AT&T, is offered for $0 with a new two-year contract.


iPhone 4S will Officially Launch in China and 21 Other Countries on Jan 13

The iPhone 4S might not be the radical new handset that pundits were expecting from Apple, but it is still more than good enough to set the market on fire. The 4S, which sold 4 million units within just three days of release, was in heavy demand throughout the holiday season. And, it is nowhere near being done yet.

What makes Apple’s stupendous success even more mind boggling is that unlike most of its competitors, the 4S isn’t even available in several markets including China. But, this is about to change very soon. Apple will launch the 4S in China and 21 other markets on January 13. This means that the 4S will be just in time for the Chinese holiday season, with the Chinese New Year falling on January 23rd.


Customer response to our products in China has been off the charts,said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. With the launch in China next week, iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever.

The other markets where the iPhone 4S will be launching next Friday are:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.

Foxconn Investing $1.1 Billion to Increase iPhone Production Capabilities

Foxconn is most famously known for making Apple products, and with the amount of demand for Apple products, Foxconn can’t afford not to expand its production  capabilities. Now, a recent report from MICGadget reveals that Apple’s main production partner is said to double its iPhone production lines. Why? Because the iPhone has a tiny amount of marketshare and is doomed. Just kidding! The real reason according to the report? It is in order to meet the  continued  demand for the iPhone. Doomed indeed folks!

The Foxconn Science Park located in Zhengzhou, Henan, China will undergo expansion very soon and is expected to cost Foxconn around $1.1 Billion to complete. Remember, this expansion is specifically for iPhones and not for you know, the platform that’s “winning.” The expansion will allow Foxconn to double the amount of iPhones produced at the plant each day, doubling the output to around 200,000 (up from the previous 100,000 units), and will reportedly also employ up to 130,000 people.

The expansion plan, which will cost 7 billion yuan (US$1.1 billion), will increase its current production lines and expects to bring US$20 billion in sales revenue in 2012.

Rumor has it that Foxconn is reportedly also planning to makes its production procedure for the iPhone and iPad completely automated with the aid of 1 Million robots, by the end of 2014.

Samsung Beats Apple in the Australia and New Zealand Smartphone Market

Samsung is going from strength to strength these days. It recently won a ruling against Apple and is now free to sell Galaxy Tabs in Australia during the holiday shopping season. It may also have dethroned Nokia to become the number one smartphone manufacturer in India.

Samsung’s mobile sales are at an all-time high, thanks to the success of its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets.

According to a report by IDC, Samsung topped the mobile phone market in Australia and New Zealand, overtaking Apple in both the countries in Q3 2011.

Samsung was the top mobile phone vendor in Australia in Q3 2011, overtaking Apple. Apple may overtake Samsung in Q4 2011 though, backed by strong sales of the iPhone 4. Android now has 49% share of the Australian smartphone market, while iOS has 36% unit share.

In New Zealand, Samsung came first again, with 28.5% share of the smartphone market, and Huawei came second with 20% share, followed by Apple with just a 13% unit share.

Samsung and other Android vendors are gaining market share primarily due to the popularity of their inexpensive Android smartphones, which attract budget consumers. While Samsung’s advances are impressive, I’m impressed more by the fact that Apple still ranks so high in terms of sales despite catering only to the high-end segment, and continues to make more profit per phone than any other smartphone vendor.

Yahoo Reveals Top Search Queries of 2011

iPhoneYahoo has revealed the most searched queries of 2011, and the list is as pointless as ever. Big news stories such as revolutions in the Middle East and floods in Thailand and US failed to find a place in the top ten, while celebrities continued to dominate public interest. As many as five out of the top ten queries were celebrities. However, somewhat surprisingly, iPhone managed to edge out everyone and land at the top of the table. This is the first time since 2002, when PlayStation 2 had topped the list, that a gadget managed to climb to the top.

The iPhone is followed by Casey Anthony, whose trial was extensively covered by the US media. Casey Anthony was accused of murdering her two year old child Caylee Anthony, and was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter. The entertainment industry occupied positions three through eight with Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan, American Idol, and Jennifer Aniston.

The Japan Earthquake and Osama Bin Laden, which were only two major news related queries to make the cut, form the bottom of the list. The Fukushima Earthquake that had a magnitude of magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale, caused a Tsunami and threatened to trigger a major Nuclear meltdown, while Osama Bin Laden’s death concluded a ten year old hunt for the world’s most notorious terrorist.

Sabeer Bhatia of Hotmail Fame Launches New Messaging App

Sabeer Bhatia, the serial entrepreneur from India who became a household name back in the late nineties with Hotmail’s meteoric rise, has been trying hard to repeat his success, but his later projects like Arzoo and BlogEverywhere flopped spectacularly in spite of plenty of initial hype. Nevertheless, not being the one to give up, he is back again with a new product. Bhatia believes that his new venture called Jaxtr, launched in partnership with Yogesh Patel, has the potential to be as disruptive and popular as Hotmail, which pioneered the email revolution.


JaxtrSMS is a free mobile texting app that is launching with support for a wide range of platforms including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, and Java. Free texting apps are dime a dozen these days, and Jaxtr is entering a fairly competitive and crowded space. Giants such as RIM, Google, and Facebook are tugging it out with newcomers like Kik and WhatsApp. However, Jaxtr has one feature that almost all of its competitors lack – support for SMS. Jaxtr works for all your contacts, no matter where they are in the world and what phone they are using. If the receiver has Jaxtr installed then he will instantly receive your message through app to app delivery. If he doesn’t have Jaxtr installed, then he will receive a standard SMS message. Although I can’t vouch for Jaxtr’s claims of complete worldwide coverage, it did work for the Indian carriers that I tested.


Jaxtr’s user interface varies significantly across platforms. I took the Android version of Jaxtr for a spin. Although the color combination is rather distracting (the iPhone app is offensively ugly), the interface feels intuitive and familiar. However, there are a couple of annoyances that might put off users. Jaxtr transparently attaches an annoying ad (self-promotion) to every SMS sent through it, and it doesn’t provide delivery reports. On a couple of occasions, the SMS didn’t actually get delivered even though Jaxtr marked it as sent. If Jaxtr wishes to be taken seriously, it needs to sort out these two issues. However, it is undoubtedly the most promising product that we have seen in recent times from Bhatia.


iTether App Offers Unlimited Internet Tethering On Your iPhone

Usually, Apple doesn’t allow apps in the App Store that allow users to unlimited tether for a one time fee, but it looks like’s app has somehow been approved into the App Store. Their application is called “iTether“, which allows users to share their iPhone’s internet connection with their Mac or PC computer over USB.  iTether costs $14.99 and is available via the App Store.

iTether Screenshot

Tether offers applications for the Mac and PC; so the app should work on both platforms. Running the apps on your iPhone and your Mac allows your Mac to use your iPhone’s internet connection over a USB cable. With iPhone’s built-in tethering feature, users have the option to tether via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but this app currently does not support either.  Apple usually does not allow such applications to become available on the App Store due to agreements with carriers.

Nobody knows how long this app will be available via the App Store; so, grab it quick! Also, it should be noted that  AT&T is cracking down on unofficial iPhone tethering.

Update: The app has now been pulled.

[via  9to5Mac]

Apple Ecosystem Helps iPhone Lead Industry in User Retention

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Since day one, Apple has been criticized for having a closed ecosystem and not giving customers choice. Apparently, this is what makes the company considered to be “evil.” HA! Think again, folks. A new study reveals that iPhone owners are the most loyal smartphone users in Apple’s ecosystem, driving an over 80% retention rate for the device.  Hold up! An “open” OS doesn’t have the highest retention rate? How can this be?

A report released  by research firm GfK shows that 84% of current iPhone owners plan to  purchase another Apple handset  when they replace their cellphone, with many smartphone users saying the ecosystem of a mobile OS is a determining factor when upgrading, according to  Reuters. Yeah, makes sense. Just think about it…if all of your content was in one ecosystem, why switch? Also, which other ecosystem offers an amazing service like iCloud for free?

The study was conducted over 4,500 interviews of  smartphone owners in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, China, the U.S. and Japan, finding that the iPhone had the highest retention of customers, followed by devices running Google’s Android OS and RIM’s BlackBerry, with 60% and 48% respectively. According to GfK  analyst  Ryan Garner, he notes that an average 63% of respondents plan to replace their current device with one running the same OS. In fact, manufactures are also trying to gain customer loyalty since the mobile market is quickly being saturated. Shockingly,  one in five consumers who own both an iPad and iPhone believe that switching to another OS would be more difficult than changing bank accounts or gas or electricity providers.

This leads me to believe that maybe customers just want a fantastic product that just works after-all.

No, Android App Revenue is Not Just 7% of iPhone’s; It’s Much More

Piper Jaffray released a report which states that the total gross Android app sales to date have been only around $340 million while Apple’s total gross app sales have reached almost $5 billion.

Assuming a 30% cut by both companies, this means that Google has paid out a total of around $240 million to developers, while Apple has paid out almost $3.5 billion. This, according to Fortune, means that the total Android app revenue is only 7% of iPhone’s app revenue.

Android vs iPhone App Revenue

However, those calculations, as correctly pointed out by the guys at InsideMobileApps, are wrong.

Piper Jaffray’s analysis uses metrics which account for only the sales price of the apps. They don’t account for the total revenue earned by Android app developers.

Most Android app developers use an ad-supported model, offering free apps to users and making money by inserting ads within the apps. Only about 1.3% of Android apps are paid, which means that the numbers above don’t account for the most important revenue source for Android app developers – advertising.

In the case of iOS as well, developers monetize free apps using ads, but as 13.5% of all apps are paid, the effect of ignoring ad revenues is not as pronounced as in Android.

Once we adjust the revenue estimates for ad revenues, I doubt that the total Android app revenues will be that low. They will obviously be much lower than total iOS app revenues, but definitely more than 7%.

Piper Jaffray’s estimates also seem to exclude revenues from in-app purchasing, which could further push the ratio in Android’s favour.

Best and Funny iPhone’s Auto-correct Mistakes

When it comes to iPhone, the worst yet funny part is the enabled-by-default Auto-correct feature. The nifty feature, which apparently is “intelligent, tries to “correct” words you type frequently and store them in memory for future use.

The feature corrects your errors, but sometimes, no matter how many times you tap the “x” button, it looks like the feature never understands the difference in meaning. This, however, can be a definite annoyance.

Thanks to the auto-correct feature and its “dirty mind”, if you ever send a text message too quickly, it could turn your message into something funny and dirty. A website called Damn You Autocorrect features such hilariously  funny auto-correct mistakes, which we had featured in our Friday Fun section some time back.

Also Read:  Best Funny Responses from Apple’s Siri

Having gone through few other sites, we have gathered a collection of the best funny auto-correct mistakes in iPhone –

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If you don’t want your iPhone to auto-correct your text message at all or if you find the feature too annoying, you always have an option to completely shut it off.

To do so, follow the steps mentioned below –

  • Click on “Settings” and find the “General” option
  • Next, select “Keyboard”
  • You will be displayed with several options to turn on and off. In the “Auto-Correction”, move the slider from ON to OFF. This will disable the auto-correct feature.

Apparently, Sonny Dickson, a tech enthusiast, found an improvised spell-check feature lying inactive in the iPhone’s iOS 5. He posted stating the improved feature comes with an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar.

Users can enable this suggestion bar for their phone by adding a simple code. To do so, download iBackupBot  and backup your iPhone/iPod in iTunes. Load the created backup using iBackupBot and find the file – located in Library/Preferences. Open the file and add the following code


Save the modifications, and then restore from backup from within iBackupbot.