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18 Point Contract for an iPhone

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A mother bought her 13 year old son an iPhone 5 for Christmas this year. But he couldn’t open it until he signed this contract:

Dear Gregory

Merry Christmas!  You are now the proud owner of an iPhone.  Hot Damn!  You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift.  But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations.  Please read through the following contract.  I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it.  Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.

I love you madly & look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.

1. It is my phone.  I bought it.  I pay for it.  I am loaning it to you.  Aren’t I the greatest?

2.  I will always know the password.

3.   If it rings, answer it.  It is a phone.  Say hello, use your manners.  Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad”.  Not ever.

4.  Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm.  It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am.  If you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text.  Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.

5.  It does not go to school with you.  Have a conversation with the people you text in person.  It’s a life skill.  *Half days, field trips and after school activities will require special consideration.

6.  If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs.  Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money.  It will happen, you should be prepared.

7.  Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being.  Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others.  Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire.

8.  Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.

9.  Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room.  Censor yourself.

10.  No porn.  Search the web for information you would openly share with me.  If you have a question about anything, ask a person – preferably me or your father.

11.  Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public.  Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being.  You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that.

12.  Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts.  Don’t laugh.  Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence.  It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life.  It is always a bad idea.  Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you.  And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear – including a bad reputation.

13.  Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos.  There is no need to document everything.  Live your experiences.  They will be stored in your memory for eternity.

14.  Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision.  It is not alive or an extension of you.  Learn to live without it.  Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO – fear of missing out.

15.  Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff.  Your generation has access to music like never before in history.  Take advantage of that gift.  Expand your horizons.

16.  Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.

17.  Keep your eyes up.  See the world happening around you.  Stare out a window.  Listen to the birds.  Take a walk.  Talk to a stranger.  Wonder without googling.

18.  You will mess up.  I will take away your phone.  We will sit down and talk about it.  We will start over again.  You & I, we are always learning.  I am on your team.  We are in this together.

It is my hope that you can agree to these terms.  Most of the lessons listed here do not just apply to the iPhone, but to life.  You are growing up in a fast and ever changing world.  It is exciting and enticing. Keep it simple every chance you get.  Trust your powerful mind and giant heart above any machine.  I love you.  I hope you enjoy your awesome new iPhone.  Merry Christmas!

xoxoxo

Mom

As phones become more and more powerful, I do believe parents need to set guidelines for safe and responsible usage. Furthermore, I also believe that parent’s, now more than ever, need to foster their children’s skills for face to face interactions - so many interactions are remote these days. 

Although you may not agree with every point this mother has listed for her child to agree to, we must recognize that each parent-child relationship and family values are different.

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Eliminating Carrier Usage on iPhone While on WiFi [Verizon]

In the beta versions of iOS 6, users were allowed to switch on an option that would enable the phone to automatically use your carrier’s data network if you WiFi network had no actual connectivity to the internet. But in the final version of iOS 6, Apple decided to get rid of that option. It seems that users on the Verizon network have that feature enabled by default, with no way of turning it off, causing some users to hit their data limits quickly. 

Check the source and make sure your iPhone is updated!

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Moscone Center Has T-Mobile 4G on 1900mhz

Just in time for WWDC next week, T-Mobile decides to upgrade and test their 1900mhz upgrades in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The carrier plans to make the same changes to their entire network over time (a lot should be completed by the end of this year), and will allow iPhone and other devices to use T-Mobile’s high speed data network. 

I know that I am excited to see the 4G logo pop up on my iPhone 4S. I may need to just visit the Moscone center to get a taste. 

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Foxconn's iPhone Assembly Line

New footage from within Foxconn’s factory about the iPhone assembly line. 

Not sure what impact the additional money Apple/Foxconn will invest in improving the factories will be, but we never seem to catch even a glimpse of the alleged “shady” parts of the factory.

Note: the video is in Mandarin.

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Facebook Photo App [iPhone]

Not surprisingly, Facebook has come out with a new iPhone app that is similar to Instagram. The highlights of this app include the ability to upload up to 30 photos at once to your Facebook, view Facebook photos uploaded by your friends (newsfeed but for photos only), and you can ‘like’ and comment on photos. There are also filters and other editing options within the app but they’ve been reported to be less than stellar in comparison to Instagram. 

This is a great app for people who really just take and upload photos to Facebook using their iPhone and are mostly focused on viewing photos (without the clutter of other newsfeed items). 

Oh, and it’s a free download.

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4" iPhone Screen Mock-Ups

I like how they used an iPhone on T-Mobile.

If Apple includes a larger screen on its next iPhone and retains the same pixel density, they could most certainly fit more icons/information on the screen - which would be pretty awesome. 

But how about they include the option to add a 5th icon to the bottom dock by default? That’d be pretty helpful option for all current iPhones.

Check the source for more pictures.

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T-Mobile: Bring On the Unlocked iPhones!

T-Mobile wants everyone to know a few things about their network, especially for consumers who have or will unlock their iPhones from AT&T. 

1. T-Mobile already has 1 million iPhone subscribers and does provide network information to let you use your iPhone on their network.

2. T-Mobile plans are much cheaper than the other carriers, especially if you bring your own phone (look for “Value” plans).

3. T-Mobile is actively converting their 1900mhz band from 2g to 3G and 3.5G, which will finally allow iPhone and other unlocked phone users to utilize high speed data on the network. Some users in various parts of the country have reported seeing/experiencing 3G on their iPhones already.

Ready to make the switch from Ma-Bell?

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AT&T To Unlock iPhones on April 8th

AT&T has a terrible track record of helping their customers unlock their devices. AT&T would love for you to pay those massive roaming fees when traveling abroad. 

But now they’re going to update their [strict] unlock policy to include iPhones. Long story short, they’ll unlock your iPhone if your contract is over, you bought the phone full price (and have finished your contract term), or pay the ETF to end your contract. 

This contrasts with T-Mobile, who doesn’t sell the iPhone, but will unlock their customer’s on-contract mobile devices after 90 days of service (account in good standing) and will subsequently unlock additional T-Mobile branded devices you activate on the account every 90 days too. 

In any event, this is good news for all the original AT&T 3GS owners out there…and for the 1 year contract AT&T iPhone 4 owners…and for the off contract iPhone 4s owners. 

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Next iPhone: LTE and Still A ~3.5" Screen?

Apple maybe considering keeping the display on their next generation iPhone about as small as the current screen. I’m not sure that’s such a good move on their part, but there is definitely a lot of users out there who don’t want a big phone taking up a ton of pocket/purse space. I’m not sure a 3.5” screen would suffice. I currently use a 3.8” screen and that’s about as small as I would like to have. 

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Your iPhone 4S Has 4G!

Update to iOS 5.1 and your AT&T iPhone 4S lets you know when you’re connected to 4G! 

Sadly, it doesn’t improve your battery life, remove AT&T’s data caps/throttling, or actually increase your data speeds. 

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