Archive for the 'iphone' Category

Wordpress iPhone app

I’m writing this to test out the newly released . It’s functional, if a little basic. Text formatting is currently HTML only, which is extremely unwieldy on the iPhone keypad (no landscape mode yet).

It’s a novel app but I can’t see anyone doing heavy writing on this device. It’s not the sort of device for it anyway.


Update: Added formatting and link to the app store. It was simply too horrible to write HTML on my iPhone (not to mention lack of cut-and-paste!)

iPhone 3G Launch

The last photo taken on my E61i

On Thursday Siew and I lined up at the Optus Store in Sydney for the midnight launch of the iPhone 3G. We turned up just after 8 and joined the line about half way down the block on Hunter St.

The “rent-a-happy-person” people were accomodating, giving us coffee, pizza, chocolates up to the store opening time. Optus even hired the to give the liners a massage throughout the night (I refused because of the media attention).

There were tons of reporters about, showing behaviour I can only describe as being vulture-like. I was accosted by some guy I’d never seen before from the Channel 9 Today Show. See me look like an idiot as the “number 151 guy” in the clip (sorry no embeds as far as I can see).

All in all the experience was good up to the store opening. From then on it was a shambles. We waited for almost 2 hours to get in the store and another 40 mins inside the store itself. We waited for a while for someone to take us to a terminal (no one seemed interested), then the guy serving us didn’t seem to know what he was doing (we had to help him find some options in his interface).

Once that was done we were taken to some guy with a laptop running iTunes to “unbrick” our phones. (Vodafone ) It seemed to be a small piece of software that connected to the Apple server and popped up with an OK message. While it was the usual Optus experience, it wasn’t good doing it at 2am. Surely there was a better way.

I’d suggest that they get everyone to pre-register their plans in any Optus store and have the cut-over date and time of midnight on the launch day. All we would have needed to do was walk in, pick up our allocated phone, “unbrick” and walk out. Simple.

Anyway, I’ve got the phone and the initial impression is that the App Store changes everything.

Gallery and YouTube clips are below.


Line Walk


Secret Nokia codes

Check out these cool secret Nokia codes:

*3001#12345#* and tap Call. Enter Field Mode.

Field mode reveals many of the inner settings of your iPhone, specifically up-to-date network and cell information.

*#06# Displays your IMEI. No need to tap Call.

IMEI is the unique identifier for your cell phone hardware. Together with your SIM information it identifies you to the provider network.

*777# and tap Call. Account balance for prepaid iPhone.

*225# and tap Call. Bill Balance. (Postpaid only)

*646# and tap Call. Check minutes. (Postpaid only)

These three are pretty self explanatory.

*#21# and tap Call. Setting interrogation for call forwards.

Discover the settings for your call forwarding. You’ll see whether you have voice, data, fax, sms, sync, async, packet access, and pad access call forwarding enabled or disabled.

*#30# and tap Call. Calling line presentation check.

This displays whether you have enabled or disabled the presentation of the calling line, presumably the number of the party placing the call.

*#76# and tap Call. Check whether the connected line presentation is enabled or not.

State whether the connected line presentation is enabled or disabled. Presumably similar to the calling line presentation.

*#43# and tap Call. Determine if call waiting is enabled.

Displays call waiting status for voice, data, fax, sms, sync data, async data, packet access and pad access. Each item is either enabled or disabled.

*#61# and tap Call. Check the number for unanswered calls.

Show the number for voice call forwarding when a call is unanswered. Also show the options for data, fax, sms, sync, async, packet access and pad access.

*#62# and tap Call. Check the number for call forwarding if no service is available.

Just like the previous, except for no-service rather than no-answer situations.

*#67# and tap Call. Check the number for call forwarding when the iPhone is busy.

And again, but for when the iPhone is busy.

*#33# and tap Call. Check for call control bars.

Check all the usual suspects (voice, data, fax, sms, etc) to see whether barring is enabled or disabled for outgoing.

Hang on, !

In all seriousness, I find it amazing that this is news.

2 observations on the iPhone video

has alerted us, Apple have released a video guided tour of the iPhone. There were two interesting observations for me:

  • Sim card slot accessible from the outside. This contradicts reports like .

    iPhone SIM slot

  • Songs from the iPod library are not available as ringtones. This seems like a big omission for me. You can select playable songs as ringtones in just about any phone these days.

iPhone ringtones