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  1. Bandito

    Using an iPhone without SIM card

    Great. I've used PwnageTool before (although I stopped jailbreaking my iPhone once the App store became available). I'll look into it once I replace the phone. I'm sure someone could use a good phone as my first gen is still in great shape, but my kids are bugging me for it and it would certainly make them happy. Besides they're getting me the iPhone for Father's day (ok, my wife actually pre-ordered it) so it's only fair. Thanks.
  2. Bandito

    Using an iPhone without SIM card

    Can an iPhone without a SIM card be used just as an iPod Touch? I seem to recall reading somewhere that it will still want to activate and I'd likely need to Jailbreak it. Any definitive word on this? Reason for this is that I'm FINALLY upgrading my first gen 8 GB iPhone to the new iPhone 4 and would like to pass my current iPhone down to my kids to listen to music and play some apps on. Seems that this should be fairly simple.
  3. Bandito

    New Apple Store Openings -

    I've heard Adam make mention of new Apple Store openings being like an event with the staff being quite excited, t-shirt giveaways, etc. A new Apple Store is finally opening in my town this weekend and I was wondering what does everyone do? The Apple retail site shows the store's hours as 10:00am, but is it normal to go earlier? Are there typically lines? Long waits? etc. I know that varies from market to market, but I'm just trying to best judge when I should go. I would like to go see the new store, need to finally pick up a copy of Snow Leopard and hopefully grab a t-shirt for my daughter who's going to come with me (as she LOVES my Macbook Pro and wants a Macbook of her own soon -- although she's only 11 and will have to wait on that a bit). But I also have to head up to Los Angeles later in the day so I don't have all day to hang around. Any tips or insight is welcome.
  4. Bandito

    iPhone 2G vs. 3G - AT&T Charges

    That's pretty much what I expected... and was afraid of. Normally it wouldn't be a big deal, but with my having been out of work since October, I have zero room for added expense so if there's a replacement it will HAVE to be for another 2G. Thanks.
  5. Bandito

    iPhone 2G vs. 3G - AT&T Charges

    This is more of a theoretical question but when the iPhone (2G) first came out, the pricing was a) the price of the phone + an additional $20 USD tacked on to your AT&T contract (providing of course that you were already an AT&T customer). When the 3G came out, I'm fairly certain that the cost was the same, but the $20 USD was increased to $30 USD+ additional charges for SMS (?) I'm about to take my 1st gen iPhone into Apple due to a sudden inability to detect ANY WiFi connections including the one in my office where I'm sitting right now (although there ARE access points around and my laptops pick them just fine). I've already gone through the reboot/reset/restore process on the iPhone (including rolling the software back to 3.0 from it's current 3.0.1 with no luck). I'm thinking that since it's still under Apple Care I may end up with a replacement iPhone and if that's the case, I don't believe Apple is replacing any of them with 2G phones. So my question becomes... Can I use a 3G phone w/o upgrading my AT&T contract if I turn off 3G on the iPhone? Can I just swap my SIM from my 2G iPhone into the 3G iPhone so AT&T isn't alerted? I know this is more likely an AT&T question, but figured you all may have some insight. Thanks, (and yes, this is looking like the 2nd week in a row for a Genius Bar visit for me)
  6. 24 hours after doing an Archive & Install (saving user settings) and it's dropped twice... once yesterday and once today. Since I'm "out of warranty" (AppleCare expired this spring) it will likely run me in the neighborhood of $300 to hae the board replaced. That's not an option at this time so I'll just have to deal with it. The good news from my visit with the Genius bar was that my battery (which had died on me w/ only a cycle count of 55) was replaced w/o any problems. It died, wouldn't hold a charge and had a slight buckle to it (which I pointed out). At least now I'm mobile again and not constantly tethered to a power outlet.
  7. I guess that depends on your definition of quicker. I can't readily reproduce this problem as it happens at random then I may end up having to run from the USB drive all day. And running OSX from the USB drive is s-l-o-w. It's fast enough if you're just running a few quick tasks, but for extended use? It doesn't quite cut it. Besides I haven't re-installed the OS since I first got Leopard over 1 1/2 years ago, so it's somewhat due (I was going to wait until Snow Leopard, but what the heck). Will report back later.
  8. So I took a trip to the nearest Apple Store yesterday for 2 reasons: 1. The battery of my 15" Macbook Pro has been dead for a few months now and just driving me up the wall. Not slowly fading, but dead. It would not charge at all. It only had a cycle count of 55 (well below the reported 300 count that people usually see before life degradation). My Applecare ended in the Spring but since I noticed a slight "buckling" of the battery I figured I'd see what they'd say. - The result? Complete replacement of the battery. I barely had to open my mouth. Just gave them a brief synopsis of what was happening and they whipped out a new battery before I could say anything else. That rocked. Saved me approximately 120-something dollars that a new battery would've cost me (which I didn't have the money for at this time). 2. I asked them about the network connection dropping. - after going over all the scenarios I listed above, I knew there was no way they'd be able to diagnose it easily so I just asked about any logs or diagnostics I could run myself to pinpoint the problem. The Genius answer? PING. I think he misunderstood me or underestimated my IT knowledge so I went further into the details of the problem. I wasn't questioning whether I had a connection. I've already established that the connection dropped, the IP address reverted to 169.254.xxx.xxx and all other devices on my LAN were connected and functioning properly. The Genius solution there was to re-install the OS to separate the hardware from software. Any driver issue or rogue software will likely be cleared by re-installing OSX. If it continues to be a problem then the issue is likely on the board and an "out of service" fix can run upwards of $300 through them or less w/ another Apple Certified dealer. So.. as soon as I get a chance I'll run through a full backup of my current data and proceed with an Archive & Install of the system and report back.
  9. I would've thought that a hardware issue is either good or bad. Either it works or it's broke. But that's what I was afraid of. I have an appointment at a Genius Bar tomorrow anyway for a battery issue (Battery won't hold ANY charge). Its past Apple Care, but it did warp a bit and I'm going to see if there's anything they can do. Being out of work I can't afford to buy a new battery and have been having to run solely on the power cable for a bit. (with a cycle count of only 55, this battery shouldn't have died on me). Anyway, while I'm there I'll ask about the ethernet issue too.
  10. Ok, so this happened to me TWICE today. I've noticed the following: If I bring up a terminal window and run: ifconfig en0 I get the following: Last login: Wed Jul 29 11:25:21 on console daves-macbook-pro-15:~ dave$ ifconfig en0 en0: flags=8863<UP,BROADCAST,SMART,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 inet6 fe80::216:cbff:fe8b:e97%en0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x4 inet netmask 0xffff0000 broadcast ether 00:16:cb:8b:0e:97 media: autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex,flow-control>) status: active supported media: autoselect 10baseT/UTP <half-duplex> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 10baseT/UTP <full-duplex,flow-control> 100baseTX <half-duplex> 100baseTX <full-duplex> 100baseTX <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 100baseTX <full-duplex,flow-control> 1000baseT <full-duplex> 1000baseT <full-duplex,hw-loopback> 1000baseT <full-duplex,flow-control> none daves-macbook-pro-15:~ dave$ Obviously this shows a 169.254.xxx.xxx address which is wrong, hence my lack of connectivity. I bring up the Network Preferences and the IP address reflects the same incorrect IP address as mentioned above. I select OFF in the Configure dropdown box and hit Apply. All IP settings are cleared. Then I select USING DHCP from the Configure dropdown and hit apply. It DOES NOT properly obtain a new IP address from the router (DHCP server), but a reboot does properly configure the settings and it obtains an IP address. Again, this is without changing, re-inserting or even touching the CAT5 connection. So... any other ideas out there? Are we talking about a hardware issue? Driver issue? Setting within OSX?
  11. Thanks Car1son, but I've done that. Sorry... should've mentioned that in my original troubleshooting list. It didn't make a difference, however when the connection dropped it still showed the assigned IP address in the GET IP script (as opposed to when it's set via DHCP in which case it appears blank). I prefer using DCHP than static addresses especially for my laptops as it makes it easier to just plug in anywhere without having to reconfigure. (yes, I understand that I can easily create a static or dynamic network location too). I assign the addresses by way of the MAC address at the router so the workstations/laptops always get the same address. I have 6 devices (3 workstations throughout the house for the family, 2 laptops - both mine - plus my iPhone) all assigned addresses between plus another half dozen Virtual servers that are all assigned address above They're never on full time and all statically assigned (and documented) so there's no overlap. They're all Windows and/or Linux servers that are used for various testing procedures. It only appears to be this Macbook Pro that's having this inconsistent problem. It didn't drop yesterday at all. And... I've recently changed the static IP that it's being assigned via the router over the weekend, but that hasn't helped as it dropped again on Sunday.
  12. When I started losing the connectivity, one of the first things I did was double check the connectivity of the ethernet cable and when it proved to continuouslly be connected well, I did trade it with one of my other computers which had been working fine. End result? The problem continued & the other computer (now using the same cable that the MBP previously had) has consistently worked without dropping its connection. The network settings for the ethernet connection says (at the moment) That the status is "connected". It's using DHCP and currently is assigned all it's IP properties from the router. ** next time it drops I'll check the status from within there and take a screenshot. I haven't created a new location yet. I currently have 4 preset locations I created that I choose from: Automatic - all network services turned ON LAN - just ethernet and bluetooth on for when on my internal trusted network WiFi - just the airport turned on Airplaine - all network services turned OFF (kind of like the iPhone Airplane mode) I'll add a 2nd LAN with a new configuration and see if it helps.
  13. Hey all.. I'm not sure if this is a Hardware issue specific to the ethernet port on my Macbook Pro or an OS issue. I've seen posts on the Apple forum under both hardware and OS and haven't seen any solutions. In fact, under the hardware section (for my model) there doesn't seem to be any posts from Apple Support which I find odd as they're usually pretty good at jumping in. I've run across a problem that's been driving me absolutely bonkers. I have a 1st gen 15" Macbook Pro (early 2006) running Leopard (10.5.7). PROBLEM I've recently noticed that every once in a while the network connection will drop. This seems to be happening at least once a day, but not at any consistent time nor while doing any consistent activity. I can be browsing the web and then notice that pages won't load. I can be in the middle of an online game and notice I'm disconnected from the server. I can be checking email and then will notice that server requests to check mail are timing out. I bring up a Quicksilver script to GET IP and see that my DHCP address has been dropped. Trying to manually renew the address doesn't appear to work. I have to reboot the computer and it'll come right up. MY SETUP & TROUBLESHOOTING I have a D-LINK router that serves my whole house. DHCP is turned on. I have a Linksys router (acting as a switch) in my office handling the 3 computers & 1 printer within my home office. All computers in my house (mostly consisting of Windows PC's aside from my Macbook Pro) are configured for DHCP and the router assigns them statically based on their MAC address (in short its really a static DHCP configuration). The only other devices that come up on my network are Virtual Machines as I build a number of servers for testing. Anytime that the Macbook Pro drops its connection I can reach over to either of the other two PC's in my office on the same network and they're always still connected so it surely does not appear to be a problem with either the D-LINK router or the Linksys switch within my home office. Since the reboot always corrects the problem, I'm sure it's not an issue with the ethernet cable connecting my MBP to the switch (that's not touched during the reboot). I've checked/repaired permissions through Disk Utility I've rebooted into Single User Mode and ran FSCK and everything comes up clean. Yes a reboot corrects it, but it has been extremely frustrating and annoying that the connection just randomly seems to drop and I'd like to correct it. Any ideas? Thanks,
  14. Bandito

    Avoiding International Roaming Rates

    You know. I didn't even think about removing the sim card. But w/ my luck I'd lose it during the week away. I ended up keeping the phone in Airplane mode from the time I sat down in my seat prior to leaving until we taxied back to the terminal after landing at LAX. I was able to use the WiFi when available (a very weak signal available in only a few places around the resort) for Twitter and even to update a few podcasts for the trip home. Worked great. No word yet on the updated billing, but I'll be sure to post once I see my bill. I'm not expecting anything unusual though. It was a great trip. Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is one of my favorite getaways.
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    Avoiding International Roaming Rates

    Ok. I did call AT&T support. Of course as soon as I mentioned I had an iPhone (ok, selected it from the call tree) I was passed along to an "Apple support specialist". Confirmed from Apple Support: - While the iPhone is in "Airplane Mode", no communication with the cell carrier (or any cell carrier) is possible. Therefore it should be impossible for any data charges to accumulate. - Enabling WiFi does not enable communication with any cell carrier. The courteous support representative then passed me back to AT&T billing for my follow up question to them (at my request) Confirmed from AT&T - If there's no communication from the device to the cell carrier (and there's no AT&T coverage in Mexico), then I will not see any charges from AT&T. Therefore, once I board the plane I'll put my iPhone into Airplane Mode where it will stay until I touch back down in LAX again. I will, however, try to detect wifi coverage while in my resort. Adios all. I'm off to enjoy some cervezas poolside in Cabo San Lucas.