When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
It’s almost pointless to do a roundup for this week because there really was just one story – the death of Steve Jobs. There have been hundreds of pieces written in the past few days reflecting on the life of Steve Jobs and the impact that he had on so many of us. Here’s a small fraction of the remembrances & reactions to the passing of a great man whose impact will be felt for many, many years.
It feels like a month ago, but it was just earlier this week that Apple announced the iPhone 4S earlier this week. I posted a roundup of links from that event. The 4S will be on sale in stores at 8 am on October 14th and you can pre-order it now.
The Yankees and Phillies are eliminated from the MLB playoffs. Remaining teams: Rangers, Tigers, Cardinals, Brewers. Incredibly, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard tears his achilles tendon when he makes the last out of the game.
Today, Apple announced the iPhone 4S, a launch date for iOS 5 (Oct 12), the new Find My Friends app, the Siri personal assistant, and updates to the iPad Nano and iPod Touch. Here’s a roundup of links from today’s announcements and reactions from around the web. I won’t be buying the new iPhone 4S (I just upgraded to an iPhone 4 earlier this year) but I’m looking forward to the iOS 5 update.
10/2/11 Update: This post is over three years old but it’s still getting traffic, so here’s a quick update based on my experience. I’ve been able to access email from Exchange with the standard data plan. This is across three different companies over a 3+ year period. According to this post on a MacRumors forum, the only thing that the enterprise data plan provides you is additional help support – i.e. technically there is no difference.
Here’s the original post but, keep in mind, this is from July 2008…
Today AT&T released details on their iPhone3G pricing plans for consumers. Many people are upset about the $10 increase on the data plan and the extra fees for SMS. I’m finding it odd that almost nobody is talking about the Enterprise Data Plan. According to the AT&T web site (click on the RATE PLANS tab), it will be $45 per month for “when using iPhone to access corporate email, company intranet sites, and/or other business solutions/applications”.
If I’m understanding this correctly, I will need to pay a $15 per month premium over the consumer data plan (a $25 per month premium over the current consumer plan) if I want to take advantage of push email from my company’s Exchange Server. Is this right?
I’m adding links to other blogs / forums that are discussing this issue:
So far, the TUAW link is the most informative. Here’s an excerpt:
Exchange costs $15/month more beyond that. The normal 3G iPhone data plan costs $30/month. Enterprise data costs $45/month. This buys you access to all the standard Exchange features. If you need to get Exchange mail, or access data inside your firewall, you’re an enterprise user. AT&T isn’t saying they’ll disable ActiveSync and Exchange on normal iPhone plans for non-corporate users so we’re unsure how they’ll police this policy. Our Christina speculates that the enterprise plan sets up the server to accept exchange support; you could do IMAP from your exchange account but if you want non-MobileMe push, you gotta be on the enterprise tier plan.
AT&T said that if you’re using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to get your push corporate email, calendar and contacts, expect to pay $45 a month. That’s a bit of a bummer because it just adds another $15 a month if you’re just trying to get your corporate email.
I’m successfully connecting to my company’s Exchange Server via ActiveSync on my non-3G iPhone running the 2.0 software. I made no changes to my data plan and everything is working just fine.
Yet another update:
I found a very good explanation on Howard Forums from someone named RF9:
AT&T will not be blocking Activesync. There really is no way to do it.
The $30 iPhone 3G personal data plan is the same thing as $30 PDA personal (for all other PDAs.) And the $45 Apple business data plan is the same as the $45 PDA business data plan.
You can use Activesync on ALL AT&T data plans with windows mobile and Palm OS PDAs as of now. This includes $15 media net, $30 PDA personal, $45 PDA enterprise, $60+ laptop connect, even on all blackberry plans.
So unless AT&T or Apple concocted some way to restrict activesync based on data plan specifically for iPhone, then it won’t be restricted. Furthermore there’s no reason to.
Exchange Activesync is for personal use as much as it is for business use.
The “business” or “enterprise” data plan for $45 will be required if you’re on a corporate paid plan, or if you have a business account. They will consider those businesses and require the business data plan.
If you pay your own individual bill, you won’t be required to get the business data.
If you call AT&T, they’ll tell you “yes, you must have the $45 plan” but those people are just repeating what they were told, which is flat our wrong. It’s nothing new, they’ve been doing it to AT&T reps for years.
Maybe it’s that the people who do the training don’t understand it, or that they’re just being greedy jerks. I don’t really know.
I’ve been following this topic closely for the last two weeks and I can assure you you won’t need the business data. I also know AT&T data plans and pricing very well and for several years and just based on what I know they won’t be trying to block it.
Finally, the reason it’s so vague is for this very reason. They don’t want to come out and say “you can use exchange on personal or business” because they don’t want you to question them when they tell you you must have a $45 business plan to use exchange if you’re a business customer.
They’d rather you just assume you need it and pay for it.
A couple of people have commentedhere saying that they tried to get the 3G iPhone to work with the consumer data plan with no success. When they upgraded to the Enterprise Data Plan it worked. On the other hand, there are reports on various forums from people who have gotten it to work on their 3G iPhones on the consumer data plan.
It took a little less than a year to go from 1 billion to 2 billion songs sold on iTunes. It took a little over six months to go from 2 billion to 3 billion songs sold. Will we see 4 billion songs sold by the end of the year?