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If you want to see the future of apps, look to Apple’s new stock apps. Photo: Ariel Zambelich / WIRED
You probably feel strongly about iOS 7. Maybe you love it. Maybe you hate it. Maybe you just can’t get over that Safari icon (what were they thinking!?). But change is polarizing, and this is a fairly big change, so the general freak-out is understandable. Soon enough, though, you’ll get used to it, and iOS 6 will be the one that looks weird.
But the shake-up won’t end this week. Apple’s new OS isn’t just a wham-bam makeover–at least, it isn’t only that. In months and even years to come, iOS 7 will set a different trajectory for apps, changing not just how they look, but how they work, and in some cases, who’s building them, too. A phone full of fresh new apps is a nice treat today, but the most exciting thing about iOS 7 is the groundwork it lays for the future–the space it clears for a new generation of apps yet to be cooked up. As Jony Ive has said, iOS 7 isn’t just a new direction; in many ways, it’s a beginning. But the beginning of what, exactly?
The story we’ve all heard is that with iOS 7, Apple’s going flat. In a sense, that’s true. Things are indeed flatter in iOS 7 than they have been in versions past. But it’s not flat for flat’s sake. The new software looks the way it does not just because the shadows and bevels of previous incarnations were stale or tacky; it’s because they were fundamentally limiting the types of things that were being built for the iPhone. The new visual language not just about stripping away unnecessary visual ornamentation–it’s about tearing down the whole thing down and starting anew.
Gentry Underwood, the co-founder of Mailbox and a former IDEO designer, is excited about that new beginning (and he’s not even ticked off that Apple’s new stock mail app was clearly, um, influenced by some of Mailbox’s colorful, swipe-activated sorting options). To understand the full significance of the current moment, Underwood thinks we should look at the history of iOS. Back when the iPhone was launched, Blackberrys ruled the world. “If you imagine launching the iPhone in 2007, here you are trying to sell this iPhone that’s one big glass screen, and far and away the best and fastest growing phone at the time has 30 or 40 physical buttons on it,” he says. So it fell to Apple to ease people into this strange new buttonless world. They did it, understandably, by making a bunch of fake buttons. “I think there was a need to hold the world’s hand and help them transition into interacting with glass by creating a visual suggestion of the world they were familiar with,” Underwood says. “So Apple spent a lot of time creating these artificial worlds.”
Developers spent a lot of time on those artificial worlds too. Apple led; devs followed. And it quietly established an ecosystem where building an app not only took an idea and a work ethic–but also the visual chops to let you get things looking a certain way. In previous versions of iOS, the idea was just the start. “Then you had to spend a lot of time creating a visual polish on top of that function that was very specific to the medium,” Underwood explains. “It required a lot of trickery. You had to know how to use all sorts of esoteric features of Photoshop.”
That, of course, meant you lost a lot of people who could be potentially making great products. But with the stark new visual style of iOS 7, that’s likely to change. Apple’s new OS isn’t just prettier to use, it’s more accessible to build for, too. It refocuses the whole expectation of an app to the solution, not how flashily that solution is packaged. Basically, the new design language makes it simpler to turn a good idea into a first-class app, even without knowing how to bounce fake light off of a lickable button. As Underwood puts it, “I think iOS 7 fundamentally makes it easier to build a great app than ever before.”
Apple’s spirit level app leads the way for “simple, thoughtful” digital tools.
On one level, iOS 7′s new simplified visual language lowers the bar for entry. But it also puts a premium on genuinely thoughtful design. Whereas iOS 6′s stock UIKit gave designers all the trappings they needed to build something that read as a “good app,” now content and interactions are pushed to the forefront. “This is a space where there’s no reward for fancy veneer for its own sake,” Underwood says. “It’s a space that rewards thoughtful application of design focused on simplicity.”
This shift is something we can trace to Jony Ive. Across all the different products he’s overseen as hardware demigod, one of the enduring principles of Ive’s philosophy of hardware design is one of deference. Apple products should be beautiful, his thinking went, but not beautiful for their own sake. Even at their most stunning, or their most spunky, the stuff you’re doing on those devices is what’s really important, and Ive’s work, since the start, has been one of building products that get out of the way.
As Ive has taken control of the software, he’s brought that philosophy along with him. “In many ways, we have tried to create an interface that is unobtrusive and deferential. One where the design recedes, and in doing so, elevates your content,” he explains in the hero video for iOS 7. Where iPhones were once built to get out of the way of iOS, now iOS is built to get out of the way of apps.
As developers find their way in this new world–one where they’re being deferred to instead of actively planned for–we might see a more homogenous App Store, at least to start. “In the early days, you’ll see a lot more unification, where devs are taking what they’ve seen Apple do and using that very literally,” says Jamie Hull, Product Manager for the new iOS 7 of Evernote, the popular note-cataloging app that saw a full overhaul last week. “But I do believe that will be temporary. You used to see that a few years ago, back in iOS 4. The apps that were up to date felt very much like they sat on the same platform. Everybody started picking up those same tap bars and tables, and they looked fairly similar. Then there became a lot more freedom for figuring out what that meant for you.”
Gabe Campodonico, Hull’s colleague and Evernote’s lead UI designer for iOS 7, agrees. And far from being a simple steamrolling, he thinks the new direction will yield more interesting genres of app design. “There were people saying everything’s going to flat design–that’s not really a real thing. That’s a made up thing. As if the world is split into what’s flat and what’s not flat. In reality, there’s a whole spectrum of things,” he explains. “I do think you will see a broader spectrum of things on iOS 7.” And in addition to the visual style, there’s iOS 7′s new emphasis on animations to consider–something Underwood thinks will offer a “new axis” of user experience for developers and designers to explore.
The new stock apps are cohesive in philosophy, not flourish.
For a sense of what the next generation of apps might look like, look no further than the ones Apple includes with the new OS. Instead of a suite of glossy applications, unified by their rigid adherence to pseudo-physicality, they’re now a collection of simple but distinctly independent tools. Each looks and works totally different from the rest–which makes sense, considering that voice recorders and calendars and compasses all pose their own problems and demand their own solutions.
On one hand, these stock apps exhibit a shift in what matters in iOS 7. “Because you don’t have to worry about building a bunch of extra pseudo-physicality, it creates these opportunities to create these beautiful, simple, truly digital first experiences that are unlike anything in the real world,” Underwood says of the native apps. Not only does iOS 7 free designers from focusing on the tiresome details of the old visual language; it liberates them from thinking about real world analogs for their designs entirely.
It also quietly opens up the opportunity for more functionality. In the case of the new iMessage, for example, the fluid, bouncing chat bubbles allow Apple to solve one of the app’s greatest annoyances–by bringing some liquid life to the individual messages and freeing them from the their locked-in grid, Apple gave itself a way to let users access the timestamp for each message, revealed by sliding the conversation to the left. “The new morphing, fluid bubbles solve one of the oldest trade offs in that app,” Underwood says.
The stock compass also got an overhaul in iOS 7–a gorgeous minimalist read-out that strips away all the older version’s visual cruft. But it also includes a stunning geometric spirit level–a precise digital tool that undoubtedly would’ve been rendered as a fake air bubble (maybe an old iMessage?) in iOS past. The new voice memo app, instead of shoving an old timey microphone in your face, lets you see the wave form as you’re reading, offering a sense of how loud your level are. “Some of those native apps in the new OS are just incredible,” Underwood says. “They’re delightful for themselves, and they’re delightful in a new way … It makes me wonder how much we’ve been missing building fake versions of tape players and paper shredders.”
These are the types of thoughtful, simple apps Apple’s encouraging with the new OS. It’s a totally new lead for developers to follow. In Underwood’s words, the new example leaves devs “free to focus on facilitating function as efficiently as possible, with a form that’s as simple as possible.” With iOS 7, he says, “you’re given the permission to express yourself in a much more simple and direct way…It’s a wonderfully liberating experience.”
If you want to step back and look at it in that larger historical context, it’s easy: The big slab of glass won. We might miss our Blackberry keyboards now and then, but at this point, we know just how these touchscreens are supposed work. Apple built the first iOS with the intention of easing us into a new digital world. Now that we’re comfortable in it, we’re going to start seeing what it can really do.
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What is GSM? GSM is a ‘cellular’ technology, that is, the entire coverage area is divided into various hexagonal-shaped cells (hence the popular name ‘cell phones’). Every cell has a corresponding network tower, which serves the mobile phones in that cellular area. For example, imagine a honeycomb on a tree in a hexagonal-shaped garden. The garden has many flowers. The honeybees collect the nectar from the flowers and deposit it in the honeycomb. Mobile phones are like the flowers, the network tower is like a honeycomb, and the bees are the signals. This technology was invented by the GSM Association, in 1987, which is a global organization committed to develop this technology worldwide.
What is CDMA? CDMA, which is the prevalent network standard in North America, is designed by Qualcomm in the United States. As the name suggests (Code Division Multiple Access), there are many devices which use the same spread spectrum (hence multiple access). There is one physical channel and a special code for every device in the coverage network. Using this code, the signal of the device is multiplexed, and the same physical channel is used to send the signal (the codes may or may not change). For example: there is a street on which many buses ply. Obviously, the bus will have many commuters, and they will have to buy the tickets to travel on the bus. In CDMA, the commuter is like your mobile phone, the tickets are your codes, the bus is a multiplexed carrier signal, and the street is the spread spectrum.
CDMA scores. Goal count 0 – 1 CarriersA major difference between GSM and CDMA cell phones is the fact that GSM cell phones use SIM cards, while CDMA cell phones are directly linked to the carrier. Therefore, GSM is one step ahead of CDMA as far as carriers are concerned. The law requires CDMA carriers to provide handsets to the users, for which the users cannot change their carriers. Whereas, GSM users can change their carriers whenever they want. On the other hand, in case of handsets that are enabled by CDMA, you need to change the complete handset in order to change your service provider.
GSM scores. Goal count 1 – 1 Network It’s an ongoing battle between the two. Both the technologies are continuously improving the qualities of their network and adding various aspects to it as well. So, coverage is no more an issue, with both the technologies reaching virtually all corners of the world, be it through any channel.
Both score. Goal count 2 – 2 WorldwideThere is a special number that every GSM compatible device in the world can call in case of an emergency. That number is 112. But in CDMA, this cannot be implemented because of its technological limitations. This is a huge plus as far as GSM devices are concerned.
GSM scores. Goal count 3 – 2 Battery LifePutting it in simple terms, GSM, being a relatively simpler technology on the whole, uses less amount of cell phone battery as compared to CDMA devices. As we know, battery life is a very important aspect in today’s fast-paced and hectic lifestyle.
GSM scores. Goal count 4 – 2 CoverageGSM and CDMA both have similar network coverage areas. They are present almost in all places that each other cover. The service providers of both the technologies are continuously striving hard to cover whatever remaining areas are left.
Both score. Goal count 5 – 3 SpeedBoth GSM and CDMA are rapidly improving their capabilities in this regard too. Both have introduced 3G mobile phones in their fold in a big way. CDMA has introduced EVDO or CDMA 2000 to cement its position in the market, and GSM has introduced EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) to do the same. Both are competing to gain space in this area.
Both score. Goal count 6 – 4 Building PenetrationAgain, during the initial days, both technologies couldn’t find building penetration in the right way. But after research in signaling systems, and through experience, service providers of both technologies have been able to provide decent service to the mobile phones that are being used inside buildings and similar structures.
Both score. Goal count 7 – 5 RoamingMost of the GSM carriers have contracts with other carriers, because of which, they provide roaming services to their customers with little or no roaming charges. On the other side, very few CDMA carriers provide this facility to their users; and those who do provide it, charge more as compared to their GSM counterparts.
GSM scores. Goal count 8 – 5 The Final Verdict On the whole, both technologies have their good and bad qualities. GSM has some limitations where call quality is concerned, but its technology can be easily implemented and integrated into existing technology. Whereas, CDMA is little difficult to implement. The only area where CDMA really comes out on top is the calling quality, but over the years, that too has been improving very rapidly as far as GSM is concerned. Around 4 out of every 5 cell phones are running on GSM technology, which by itself is a strong statement in terms of comparison. Lastly, for a user who travels to foreign countries often, GSM clearly offers better coverage.
Mobile communication has had a huge impact on modern-day industry. GSM and CDMA technologies have unleashed mobile communication worldwide, and the bottom line is, technological competition between both has eventually resulted in the improvement of services for the end user.
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When can I get the new iPhone models?
You can pre-order an iPhone 5c starting on Friday, September 13; the 5c will actually be available on September 20. The iPhone 5s will also be available on September 20, but Apple isn’t taking pre-orders for that model. These dates apply to the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK.
How much do the phones cost?
The iPhone 5c costs $99 for 16GB of storage or $199 for 32GB with a new two-year contract. Unlocked versions—without a contract—will cost $549 and $649, respectively. With the unlocked version, you can choose one that ships with a T-Mobile SIM card, or one without a SIM card at all. Both unlocked options work only with GSM networks.
The iPhone 5s costs $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, or $399 for 64GB of storage with a new two-year contract. Without a contract, those same phones will cost $649, $749, and $849, respectively. As with the 5c, you can get the unlocked model for use with T-Mobile. (Apple’s site doesn’t currently list a no-SIM option for the 5s.)
Which carriers are offering the iPhone 5c and 5s?
In the U.S., your contract-carrier choices are AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. As mentioned above, no-contract versions are available for use with T-Mobile or other GSM providers.
How much will it cost me to upgrade from my existing iPhone?
That depends on the carrier and type of contract you have. You can check your upgrade eligibility via Apple’s website.
How does the 5c compare to the iPhone 5?
From a hardware perspective, the 5c is very similar to the iPhone 5: It uses the same processor (Apple’s A6), the same graphics circuitry, and the same screen. The main differences are that the 5c includes a slightly more capacious battery, compatibility with more bands of LTE, and an updated FaceTime HD camera that features larger pixels and a better backside-illumination sensor.
Apple says the performance of the 5c will be similar to that of the iPhone 5, except that the FaceTime HD camera offers better images. Indeed, in our brief hands-on with the iPhone 5c, the phone felt exactly as snappy and responsive as the iPhone 5 units we’ve been using for the past year. (We’ll of course be putting the 5c and the 5s through more rigorous testing when we get them.)
The 5c is also close to the same size and weight as the iPhone 5, but the 5c uses a very different exterior. Instead of an aluminum enclosure, the iPhone 5c features a plastic unibody design reminiscent of the old white-plastic MacBook. This body is molded from a single piece of polycarbonate that gives it a solid, rigid feel (part of that also stems from the steel frame that Apple uses inside). Even the volume buttons, mute switch, and Sleep/Wake button on the 5c are plastic. “Unapologetically plastic,” as Apple puts it.
How does the 5s compare to the 5c and the 5?
Apple calls the 5s its most “forward-thinking” phone. Though its aluminum body is almost the same as the iPhone 5’s, there’s a bunch of new hardware inside. Most impressive is the new A7 processor, which Apple touts as the first 64-bit processor available in a phone. The iPhone 5s also includes a new M7 “motion coprocessor”; some big camera upgrades and capabilities; and the Touch ID fingerprint-authentication system. (More on these below.)
Other improvements over the iPhone 5 include a slightly larger battery, expanded carrier support, and a new color. Speaking of which…
What colors can I get?
That depends on which iPhone model you purchase. The lower-cost iPhone 5c, constructed of hard-coated polycarbonate, will be available in candy-like light blue, light green, pink, yellow, or white. Each—including the white version—has a black bezel surrounding the screen.
There is one tiny—and we mean tiny—difference between the iPhone 5c models: On the blue, green, yellow, and white models, the Ring/Silent switch shows an orange line when flipped to the Silent position. On the pink model, the line is white. Details, people.
If you splurge on the aluminum-body iPhone 5s, your choices are different: “space gray” (with a black screen bezel and back trim), silver (with white screen bezel and back trim), or gold (also with white screen bezel and back trim). The gold is subtler than it sounds; it’s more of a champagne color. A nice touch on the 5s is that the metal ring around the Home button on each phone matches its main color: gray, silver, or gold.
I hear Apple also makes cases for the new phones?
Yep, Apple is also offering offering two lines of cases, one set for the 5c and one for the 5s.
The $29 iPhone 5c case, available in the same five colors as the phone plus a black version, is made of silicone with a microfiber interior lining and sports a pattern of 35 circular holes on the back that let your iPhone’s own color peek through. You can match your phone to the case or opt for something a bit more interesting like, say, a white phone with a blue case.
The $39 iPhone 5s case is made of leather with a microfiber interior and is available in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and Product(Red) red. The case is molded over the Sleep/Wake and volume buttons, with openings for the Ring/Silent switch and back camera and flash.
What’s this about a new processor and a coprocessor?
The A7 inside the new iPhone 5s is unquestionably the most powerful chip Apple has ever put in a mobile device. It’s also the first one that uses a 64-bit architecture—usually found only on laptop and desktop computers. The implications of that architecture might not be immediately apparent, because apps have to be written to take advantage of it. But down the road, the new chip will offer some exciting possibilities for expansion and power.
The A7’s support for the latest OpenGL ES 3.0 standard means better graphics performance, too. In fact, Apple claims that the new A7 processor is twice as fast at both processor-intensive and graphics-intensive tasks as its predecessor. We’ll see about that when we test the 5s.
The iPhone 5s also includes a separate processor, called the M7, that handles sensor data.
What’s this M7 thing good for?
The M7—which Apple calls the motion coprocessor—is a brand-new chip inside the iPhone 5s that complements the A7 by handling data from the device’s many sensors, including the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Why a separate processor for all that? The key to the M7 is that it can log data from those sources without waking the full A7 processor. This means that not only can fitness-tracking apps more easily run in the background, but they’ll also chew up less of your precious battery power. And using the new CoreMotion API, third-party apps can use real-time location and motion information—like, say, whether you’re walking or riding in a car—to determine how the app behaves, without dramatically affecting battery life.
Is the iPhone 5s camera really that much better?
We haven’t yet tested the back camera on the 5s; we’ll give it a thorough evaluation once we get a couple iPhone 5s samples in-house. But if Apple’s specs and feature list are any indication, that camera should offer noticeably better performance, along with some useful new capabilities.
For starters, the 5s uses a new, five-element lens that Apple designed specifically for the new iPhone. This new lens offers an f/2.2 aperture, a 15-percent-larger area than the iPhone 5’s lens, and 1.5-micron pixels—larger than those on the iPhone 5 and other smartphones.
The phone also includes a new dual-LED True Tone flash that Apple says is the first of its kind on a phone or a standalone camera. One flash is cooler white, while the other is amber with a warmer color temperature. The phone monitors ambient light and then fires the two flashes together to match that light. Together, Apple says, the two flashes provide more than 1000 unique light combinations, for flash lighting that’s brighter and more natural.
But iOS 7 also includes a bunch of software specifically designed to take advantage of the improved camera hardware. For example, before you take a photo, the phone automatically adjusts white-balance and exposure to create a tone map for better highlights and shadows; it also performs auto-focus matrix metering for improved sharpness. When you take the photo, the phone actually takes multiple images, analyzes them in real time, and then shows you what it thinks is the best one.
The 5s also includes image stabilization in software: In situations—such as low lighting—where you’d normally end up with blurry images, the phone takes multiple photos with a single shutter press, and then it blends them together into a single, sharp image. And a new burst mode captures ten full-resolution frames per second for as long as you hold down the shutter button. But unlike most burst modes, on an iPhone 5s, the phone automatically filters out bad shots to show you only the “best” ones. (You can choose others manually, if you like.)
When taking video, you can capture 720p video at 120 frames per second, slowing it down later for true slow-motion video. (You can do the editing in your favorite video app, or you can choose, right in the Photos app, which section of the clip to view in slo-mo.) And Panorama mode now lets you adjust exposure as you pan.
Many times during the iPhone event, Apple pointed out the advantages of making both hardware and software, combining them to best take advantage of both. The iPhone’s camera features are one of the best examples of this philosophy in action.
So, this fingerprint-sensor thing, Touch ID: how does it work?
It’s a capacitance-based (as opposed to optical) scanner built into the iPhone 5s Home button. The “capacitance” part means that instead of taking a visual scan of your finger or thumb, the scanner detects minute differences in electrical charge caused by a fingerprint’s whorls, loops, and curves.
The phone then produces a digital template (again, not an image) based on that scan. In other similar systems, software then runs such a template through a cryptographic hashing process, making it virtually impossible to recreate the original print from the template. If that’s how Touch ID works, the hashing process should make it harder—if not impossible—to spoof your prints. For further security, your fingerprint is never stored in the cloud or anywhere in the phone’s memory—only in a secure area of the A7 chip itself.
We don’t yet know all the details about how iOS 7 will use the fingerprints it detects. But we do know that it will let you bypass the lockscreen passcode. (You do have a lockscreen passcode, right?) It will also let you authenticate with iCloud and the App Store using your finger.
With all this new technology and speed on the iPhone 5s, is the battery life worse than that of the iPhone 5?
Apple claims that the iPhone 5s offers battery life equal to or greater than that of the iPhone 5. Specifically, the company says the iPhone 5s offers 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of LTE or Wi-Fi browsing, or 250 hours of standby time. Compare that to Apple’s claims for the iPhone 5 when that model was released: 8 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, or 225 hours of standby time.
Apple says that the iPhone 5c’s battery life is identical to that of the iPhone 5s. We’ll of course thoroughly test each model’s battery life in the coming weeks.
Is the 5s exactly the same size as the 5? Will my existing accessories and cases work? What about the iPhone 5c?
The iPhone 5s is indeed exactly the same size as the iPhone 5, so existing iPhone 5 cases will fit the new iPhone 5s. However, the camera and LED flash on the iPhone 5s differ in size and position from those on the iPhone 5, so existing cases may partially obscure the lens and/or LED—or may be close enough to obscuring them that the case affects flash or photo quality. If you want to use a case not specifically made for the iPhone 5s, be sure the opening(s) for the camera and flash are large enough to avoid this problem.
Cases aside, existing iPhone 5 accessories—docks, speaker docks, chargers, and the like—should all work with the iPhone 5s. Similarly, with the exception of dock cradles custom-fit for the iPhone 5s, most of these accessories should work fine with the iPhone 5c.
Of course, cases for the iPhone 5 and 5s won’t fit the iPhone 5c, due to the latter’s different dimensions and slightly different shape.
We’ll be testing many accessories once we get our hands on the iPhone 5c and 5s, and we’ll publish our findings here on Macworld.com.
Apple says it’s making Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie, and iPhoto for iOS free “for new devices”? Does that include the new iPhones? What about current iPhone owners?
Instead, any iOS 7-compatible device activated on or after September 1, 2013—regardless of when you purchased it—is eligible for free copies of these apps. If your device came pre-loaded with iOS 7, you’ll be prompted during the setup process to download the iOS versions of Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iMovie, and iPhoto. If your device didn’t come with iOS 7 pre-installed (but, again, you activated the device on or after September 1), once you install iOS 7, you’ll be prompted during the iOS 7 setup process to install the apps. You’ll need an Apple ID, but you won’t have to pay for the apps—they’re free with your new device.
Note that this offer isn’t limited to the iPhone 5c and 5s—it includes any iOS 7-compatible device activated on or after September 1, including the iPhone 4 and 4s, the fifth-generation iPod touch, and recent iPads (see the list of compatible devices at the bottom of this page).
If you’ve got a device activated prior to September 1, 2013, you’ll still be able to purchase the apps on the App Store, but you won’t get them for free!
Go to the dial screen on your phone. On the keypad, enter *#06# without any spaces, as shown:
Copy your IMEI. The IMEI will appear as you dial the final character, and should call the information automatically without your having to hit dial or send.
Turn the phone completely off. As with any electronic device, it’s always best to power down before you start poking around the innards. It’s doubtful the phone will give you a jolt, but you could fritz out phone easily, and then what good would there be in having your IMEI?
Remove the back cover. Slide the back open carefully, and remove the battery.
Find the IMEI. Look in the empty battery slot for a white label noting the IMEI (highlighted in yellow here). It should be 15 or 17 digits, not including a few forward slashes, and shouldn’t contain any letters. Only the first 15 digits are needed.
Tap Settings. This will open up the Settings window where you can set and see all your preferences.
Scroll down to General, and tap that. You will be shown a list of all the basic information about your pad or tablet. Tap the About field, highlighted on the iPhone below:
Locate your MEID. Scroll down the information list that tells you about your songs, videos, photos, etc. Towards the bottom, you will see MEID and to the right of that, a 14-digit number. This is your MEID. Shown below on an iPad:
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Opportunities like Prosperity Cash Machine are fascinating.
Because it is a forced matrix program, one of the main draws is the chance to benefit from “spillover.”
That is where someone above you does a lot of work recruiting, and you reap the reward when newcomers fall in your matrix, it could be a sucker gamble if you don’t know how to recruit regardless of what they say.
So, businesses like this tend to attract a lot of people who are hoping to get lucky.
However, in order to sustain success, someone must be doing a lot of recruiting.
It’s a bit of a paradox, really.
Top recruiters succeed by convincing lots of people that they can succeed with little recruiting effort of their own.
And it’s a pretty good pitch, if you go for that sort of thing.
Truth is, you have a decision to make if you get involved with Prosperity Cash Machine or any similar business.
Do you hope to get lucky, or do you want to earn your way?
If you just hope to get lucky, that is your business.
It might not be much of a plan, but I’m not going to tell anyone how to spend their money.
There are entire cities built around the idea of trying to get lucky, so luck can’t be all bad.
But if you wish to stack the odds in your favor, you will make a plan to recruit a large team.
What’s the secret to recruiting lots of people?
This is the secret that all MLM Professionals who stay in the game long term have learned.
For long-term success, you must have a way to generate leads.
Sure, there are stories of people who joined one program back in the 50s, referred a few friends and family, and have drawn a check ever since.
These cases are few and far between.
In reality, the only way to assure a high level of maintained success is to have a constant stream of people to talk to about your business.
Your warm market will almost definitely go cold.
So what then?
Move to a new town every 2 or 3 years?
Switch churches or join new clubs to meet new people?
Marketers have certainly tried these tactics, and they will work.
However, they are completely unnecessary.
To put it bluntly, the internet has changed everything.
Why move around, when you can meet up with other marketers around the world from the comfort of your own home?
That is the big secret.
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Hopefully this Prosperity Cash Machine review has been just what you were looking for.
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Here’s my list of the Top 10 Prepaid Cellular Companies in the US with a Focus on their Unlimited Plans, Data Speeds, and Monthly Cost:
1. Solavei Wireless – For $49 a Month you get Unlimited Talk, Text messaging, and 4 GB Per month of 4G Data with zero overage charges. If you go over 4GB, you simply slow down to 3G speeds. They also pay you for referrals to other subscribers, and provide you a free income generating business simply by being a customer. I’m personally earning enough to pay my mortgage in just 4 months time. Solavei uses the T-Mobile Nationwide Network so the coverage is great for me. They only have one Unlimited Everything plan, but the ability to eliminate your phone bill or make extra income, it’s the best overall value in the marketplace in my opinion.
2. Straight Talk – Walmart sells Straight Talk and they typically utilize the T-Mobile Network when possible. It’s only $45 a month for Unlimited Talk, Text and Data though it isn’t clear on how much 4G transfer you get monthly. I believe it’s 1 GB monthly of 4G, then it goes to 3G or 2G speeds. They also have a $30 Plan with 1000 minutes, 1000 Texts, and 250 MB of Data. Very good price and value, but they don’t pay referrals like Solavei for the exact same thing.
3. H2O Wireless – H2O Wireless utilizes the AT&T Network consequently their coverage is extremely good for both voice and data. They also have a good variety of rate plans for all types of subscribers all the way down to $10! Their prepaid unlimited rate plan has 2 GB of Data for $60 per month, which is pretty solid for the coverage they offer. One of my favorite prepaid companies, and who I would use other than Solavei Wireless. It’s a great value.
4. Virgin Mobile – The Virgin Mobile prepaid plans are some of the most diverse in the industry. They use the Sprint Network so coverage is pretty good Nationally. They concentrate on Unlimited Data on their main plans, but also have great plans for teenagers that text a lot, and emergency type plans as well. Their $55 Unlimited Plan has 2.5 GB of Transfer at 3/4G Speeds per month, and many other plans from $30-45 a month depending on what you need.
5. Simple Mobile – Simple Mobile has 3 “Simple” Prepaid cellular plans that use the T-Mobile network as well. Their best plan is $50 for Unlimited Talk, Text, and 4G Data. Simple Mobile is one of the best prepaid cellular plans for value you will find.
6. Metro PCS – I’m not a huge fan of their Coverage, but in their Metro markets they offer a decent value. Their $40 Unlimited Talk & Text Plan has 500 MB of data (not a lot), $50 Plan has 2.5 GB of Data, and $60 is Unlimited Data.
7. Boost Mobile – Boost uses the Sprint and Nextel wireless network so coverage is good. Their rate plans are reasonable, and they offer lower priced plans and shrinking payments when you pay on time. Their Android Unlimited plan includes 2.5 GB of Full-Speed Data transfer (very limited 4G coverage area) and is $55 per month. Shrinking payments aren’t that big a deal. It’s a very small savings. Their sweet spot is calls to Mexico and International dialing.
8. Cricket Wireless – Cricket Wireless uses the Sprint Network and their own for coverage in most cases though I’m not a huge fan. They have two Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data Plans for $50 with 1 GB of Full Speed Data, and $60 for 2.5 GB Full Speed. Frankly I’ve never been a big supporter of this carrier for coverage, and gimicky pricing.
9. Page Plus – Page Plus uses the Verizon Network so coverage is outstanding in rural markets. On the other hand, Verizon is penny-pinching with their prepaid products and the speeds are only 2G. Their $55 Unlimited Plan includes 2 GB of Data, which is “ok” but I wouldn’t recommend them at all in most metro markets. There are a lot better values and much faster data speeds available. Verizon is the most affected by prepaid carriers, so don’t expect them to change their opinion towards economical pricing. They will get hammered in the next couple of years in my opinion due to overpricing.
10. Net 10 – Net 10 uses both AT&T & T-Mobile for GSM, and Verizon, Alltel, and US Cellular for CDMA coverage so that is a plus. The draw back is figuring out their rates. Very confusing, and too many choices in my opinion. The Unlimited charge is $50 but for what? Website is the worst in the prepaid cellular industry. Is it 4G, 3G or no G?? Come on guys!
So that’s my take on the best prepaid cellular rate plans in the US. There are many good prepaid companies out there, and more to come. Verizon and AT&T will suffer more than anyone because they have the most to lose by lowering prices. The world is shifting to prepaid folks. 80% of all wireless subscribers OUTSIDE the US use prepaid cellular plans. The fastest growing sector in the US cellular industry is in prepaid. T-Mobile and Sprint, not surprisingly, are the most aggressive carriers as they have the most to gain. It’s going to be interesting to see how this shakes out in the next couple of years.
If you’re open to saving money, getting a free phone bill, or even paying for your mortgage from your phone company (I am), contact me today for more information: Rick (262) 676-2658 or Eric (347) 670-4920
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