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AT&T-specific changes coming to iPhone firmware?

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Mon September 7, 2009

Tailored to network features

Apple and AT&T are together considering carrier-specific changes to the iPhone firmware, anonymous sources claim. A future update, possibly iPhone 3.1, may introduce two particular features designed to support AT&T's network. The first is an overage alert, which would take advantage of push notification to display a badge, message or sound whenever monthly voice minutes are used up.

The option would be enabled through a device's "Phone" preferences menu. Also under the menu could be a new "Voicemail" setting, which would let users disable the custom introductions in front of their inboxes. It might likewise be used to skip other people's introductions, though only if they are AT&T customers.

Apple has generally resisted concentrating on individual carriers, preferring to develop technologies which can be supported on multiple networks, such as Visual Voicemail. The sources suggest however that if the new features are approved and implemented, they may be expanded upon in the future. The update with overage and voicemail adjustments could allegedly arrive before the end of 2009.




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  1. humann

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wonder what Apple gave AT&T in return?

    Both features mentioned, eliminating extra canned-voicemail-message minutes and keeping users aware of when they go over their plans' allotted minutes, are going to *cost* AT&T money in the immediate future. I wonder what Apple gave AT&T in return for these new user-friendly features. Maybe it's something to do with the new itunes ringtone feature I was just reading about. Hope it's nothing worse like extending AT&T's carrier monopoly in the US.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    and yet...

    Apple has generally resisted concentrating on individual carriers, preferring to develop technologies which can be supported on multiple networks, such as Visual Voicemail.

    Yet apple focuses on individual carriers all the time by limiting the iphone to single carriers.

  1. MhzDoesMatter

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    um.

    a reach testudo...

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