Meteor and E-Mobile to get iPhone 4

Meteor & E-Mobile
Meteor & E-Mobile

 

 

The iPhone has been a huge hit in Ireland since it’s initial exclusive launch on O2, of course it is now available also on 3 Mobile and Vodafone. Joining them shortly is Eircom’s two mobile phone networks Meteor and E-Mobile. Both will have the iPhone 4 shortly – according to their websites.

You can register your interest on Meteor here, and e-mobile here. No word on price plans and hardware charges yet, but we can hope they will shake up the other networks and offer a real alternative in Ireland

Gang targeting iPhone owners in Dublin

iPhone 4 camera
iPhone 4 camera

If you tend to make calls and check messages on your iPhone while on the move, keep your eyes open. A Dublin based gang are targeting iPhone owners, stay alert and avoid using your phone in public. If you can afford it,  get some insurance on that iPhone and register for “find my iPhone” on me.com, which is free if you have an iPhone 4!

 

A Garda operation has been set up to clamp down on muggers who target iPhone owners in Dublin city centre, a court heard today…Prosecuting Garda Jamie Jordan told Judge Timothy Lucey that “we have an operation set up; there is a particular problem with people on iPhones being targeted and being robbed on a daily basis.”

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iPad 2 on schedule for this Friday in Ireland

Apple have confirmed via press release that the iPad 2 is on schedule for release in Ireland  and 24 more countries this Friday. iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com/ie) beginning at 1 a.m. Apple today also announced that all models of iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April.

“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

 

(Updated) “Curing” Gay People? There’s an app for that

Update: Apple have removed this application, but have not officially responded.

Mr. Jobs:

I am writing today to ask you to remove the Exodus International application from the iTunes store.

Apple has long been a friend of the LGBT community, opposing California’s Proposition 8, removing the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration iPhone app, and earning a 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

That’s why I am shocked that this same company has given the green light to an app from a notoriously anti-gay organization like Exodus International that uses scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients, endorses the use of so-called “reparative therapy” to “change” the sexual orientation of their clients (despite the fact that this form of “therapy” has been roundly condemned by every major professional medical organization), and targets vulnerable, suicide-prone LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a “sin that will make your heart sick” and a “counterfeit,” contributing to and legitimizing the ostracism of these youth from their families.

Apple’s app guidelines released in September last year detailed rules on how the company decides what can and cannot be sold through its store: “Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected,” the company states.

Apple would never allow a racist or anti-Semitic app to be sold in the iTunes store, and for good reason. Apple’s approval of the anti-gay Exodus International app represents a double standard for the LGBT community with potentially devastating consequences for our youth. This is unacceptable, and I urge you to take a strong stance against homophobia by removing this dangerous “ex-gay” iPhone app from the store.

Sincerely,

iPadiPhoneBlog.com

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Three mobile removes data restrictions and out-of-bundle charges for iPhone users (18-24 month contract)

Three mobile Ireland have announced that they have removed data restrictions and out-of-bundle charges for smartphone users  across its range of Flex Max price plans to customers on 18 or 24 month contracts, these tariffs cost from €40, €60, €80 to €95. This move will be welcomed by intensive users who often find themselves with large iPhone or other smartphone bills!

We love this move, but like many other Irish end users, are disappointed that mobile networks are moving away from 12 month contract to 18-24 month contracts.

Commenting on the launch of this exciting new initiative, Eoin MacManus, Commercial Director at Three, said: “At Three we’ve built a network with the scale and scope to meet people’s data needs both now and into the future — and with more and more customers choosing to opt for next generation smartphones, this will prove more important than ever.”

With smartphone sales surging towards the end of 2010 and now accounting for almost 20%* of overall worldwide mobile phone sales, Three has made this move to remove any concerns around the cost of using data on smartphones, for both new and existing customers.

“While other operators are restricting the data their customers can use before they get hit with out-of-bundle data charges, Three Ireland is lifting all limits on the amount of data smartphone users can consume on their mobile. This proposition underpins our position as an innovator and a mobile operator that isn’t afraid to drive change.”

You can visit three mobile here.

 

 

iPad 2 Ireland release date

25th March 2011
25th March 2011

We have had a large number of e-mails with people asking the release date for the iPad 2 in Ireland.  So we are giving this a post of it’s own… What we hear is the shipping date is 25th of March, as per the above screengrab from engadget. That’s all we know right now. Feel free to comment if you have more information on this for us and we will update this post.

Apple Launches iPad 2 (Press release)

SAN FRANCISCO—March 2, 2011—Apple® today introduced iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more. iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect. iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the innovative iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of vibrant polyurethane and rich leather colors.

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”

With the new front and rear cameras, iPad 2 users can now make FaceTime calls to millions of iPhone® 4, iPod touch® and Mac® users so they can see family and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Photo Booth lets you apply fun visual effects, including eight photo special effects like Squeeze, Twirl and Kaleidoscope, to photos captured by either camera.

iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari® mobile browsing performance; iTunes® Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay®;** the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.*** Additional iPad 2 features include a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G on AT&T, and HDMI Video Mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.

 

Irish Apple store down ahead of iPad 2 announcement

Apple Store Down
Apple Store Down

Apple’s online store seems to be down in most countries! This usually happens during a new product launch , or a product update. It’s possible that later today Apple will allow pre-orders for the iPad 2, or perhaps they will launch something else? Who knows?

We will be tweeting the event as fast as we can, so make sure to follow our twitter feed @iPadiPhoneBlog

 

The Daily – iPad exclusive ‘newspaper’ is launched in US

The Daily
The Daily

The Daily – a Rupert Murdoch daily newspaper for the iPad only has launched today in the US app store.

“The Daily” is a first-of-its-kind daily national news publication built exclusively as an application for tablet computing.”

With this application Apple have introduced a new subscription model for the iPad. The Daily will cost .99 (USD) a day and is currently not available in the Irish app store. We have yet to take a look but if the hype is as good as the app, this could be another reason to get an iPad! Continue reading The Daily – iPad exclusive ‘newspaper’ is launched in US