3rd Party iPhone Apps – Killed

Posted by Sam Churchill on

David Pogue at the NY Times reviews 3rd party apps for the iPhone. His video demonstrates some of the nifty applications and how easy they are to install.

Pogue suggests people check out Installer.app for a catalog of free applications and easy installation. It works by downloading packages over WiFi or EDGE. It supports installing, updating and uninstalling applications from multiple sources.

He also includes the obigatory disclaimer.

Apple claims their iPhone updater, due as early as today, could turn your iPhone into a brick if you’re running 3rd party apps. Pogue largely dismisses that notion, but advises you to hold off trying out these 3rd party applications until after Apple’s new firmware upgrade is available.

One of the more revolutionary is MaxRoam from Cubic. The Cubic WiFi phone by Pirelli sells for $140. You can request local phone numbers in up to 50 cities at no charge.

For example, you can have a Paris number, a London number and a Mexico City number that your friends overseas can use to call your cellphone.

No longer must you hand out a series of international phone numbers for each trip you make, or expect your colleagues in the United States to pay $50 a pop to reach you.

Cubic points out that this feature alone is a life-changer for people who have moved, for example, to the United States from overseas. Their family back home can keep in touch for the price of a local call.

Truphone demonstrated Voice over Wi-Fi using the Apple iPhone at DEMOfall 07 this week. Truphone also works on the latest ‘dual-mode’ WiFi phones including the Nokia E60, E61, E61i, E65, E70 E90, N80 Internet Edition and N95. Truphone also showed versions also working on the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, the new HP Smartphone and Windows Mobile devices like the DASH.

The iPhone updater should be arriving soon, according to Engadget (above). iTunes version 1.1.1 is 152.3MB. The update is available only through iTunes and is not available from the Apple Downloads page, reports C/Net. The version users should see within their iPhone after applying this update should be 1.1.1 (3A109a).

Oh, oh . . . MacWorld is now saying that — indeed — the upgrade created a “brick”, with the message; “Insert an unlocked and valid SIM to activate iPhone” could not be eliminated. The extent of the problem is still being discussed and debated.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, September 27th, 2007 at 8:09 am .

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