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Briefly: AT&T drops iPhone data, Sonnet certification

updated 07:25 pm EST, Mon November 19, 2007

AT&T drops iPhone data

iPhone users will no longer require a data connection from AT&T, while Sonnet has updated many of its products to work with Leopard, and Yorktown University is releasing over thirty courses and seminars through iTunes U. AT&T recently dropped the EDGE network requirement for iPhone users, allowing users to save $20 per month. TUAW reports that AT&T customers can call AT&T and have the data portion of their account rendered inactive. While this will save money per month, customers will lose access to their visual voice mail and will not be able to access the internet if they are not bound to a wireless router.

Sonnet recently certified its entire product line to be Leopard compatible - from its PCI/PCI-X/PCIe cards, to ExpressCard/CardBus adapters, and its venerable Encore ST/MDX lineup of processor upgrades - which the company advertised they are the largest provider of Leopard-compatible products currently on the market.

iTunes U will host a large quantity of content from Yorktown University, including 31 courses and seminars recorded at the institution. Yorktown will initially release 10 recordings, ranging in subject from the History of Ethics, and The Progressive Era, to the History of Art, and principles of Genealogy. The University says that they will release these to the public, free of charge, and that the rest of the seminars will be available in December.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Bruck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why is this 1 story?

    Why make this 1 story? I had to read it to find out it was two and I only cared about one of them. Also writing the sentences so that it sounded like they were related was odd.

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Why is this 1 story?

    Who knows what goes through the minds of the MacNN "editors." I've never seen such a hodgepodge of bad "journalism," except for maybe over at Slashdot. But, like Slash, I keep coming by here just to at least read the headlines and know what's going on. To get the full, accurate story told in a coherent manner, you must look elsewhere.

    I assume the one story you were interested in was the one about the iPhone data plan. This is a good move on AT&T's part, in the name of consumer choice, but I can't imagine that anyone would really want to do this unless they were sure they would have WiFi access everywhere they went. And losing visual voicemail would be a bummer too.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969



    MacNN the award winning journalists they are...

    on a side note - too bad they [AT&T] can't separate out the visual voice mail form the EDGE portion of the plans - that's what attracted me the most was mail that I could choose which ones I listened to and when_

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: one story

    It's one story because most of the stuff isn't really worth having as a separate topic.

    MacNN does this all the time, why is it a surprise?

    And, uberfu, as for VV, since it uses EDGE to download the voicemail to the phone, I'm not sure how they'd go about separating it.

  1. lurkerdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I can see it

    Depends on your tolerance for EDGE. Personally I think it's fine for the stock quotes and maps widgets, but I'd say web browsing is just barely tolerable for me, and I imagine it's not worthwhile for others. And that weather widget -- I can walk outside, look up, and walk back inside, in the time it takes for that sucker to refresh!

    Also, maybe some people just want a phone with iPod capabilities, and don't care about internet.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: I can walk outside, l

    "I can walk outside, look up, and walk back inside"

    You caught me off-guard, that was funny! How low-tech, where's the fun in that!

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