Coverage? App Updates with 4G LTE Coverage Maps

If you’ve been debating about which flavor of the New iPad WiFi+4G LTE to go with then you have probably been spending some time on both AT&T’s website and Verizon’s website. While you can easily get a coverage map from any carrier the Coverage? App let’s you see overlays to get a better idea of which carrier will cover you best in the areas you live and intend to travel to. I’ve reviewed this App in the past, but this latest update now includes 4G LTE coverage from the major US carriers and it’s worth another look.

You can get Coverage ? for $1.99 here from the iTunes


How to Switch your AT&T iPad Unlimited Plan to your New iPad 2

If you were one of the lucky ones to snag a 3G iPad 2 and you were also one of the lucky ones to snag an AT&T Unlimited Data Plan with your original iPad, chances are you're going to want to move that Unlimited Data Plan over to your NEW iPad 2. Here's how:

  1. Fire up your original iPad and go to Settings-Cellular Data and tap View Account – Log in with your email and password for your AT&T account
  2. Note the Cellular Data Number (your iPad's phone number)
  3. Then go to the Settings ->General->About screen and jot down your IMEI number
  4. After you get your NEW iPad 2 all setup go to the Settings ->General->About screen and jot down both your NEW IMEI number AND your ICCID (MicroSIM card) Number
  5. Call 1-800-331-0500 and wade through the prompts (press zero) to speak to an AT&T rep
  6. Explain that you want to move over your iPad Unlimited Plan to your NEW iPad 2.
  7. They will ask for you to verify your account address and then ask you for the information above from your NEW iPad 2.
  8. After they are done moving the account over, turn off your iPad completely and boot it back up. You should then do a test by turning OFF WiFi and trying to connect to the internet via your 3G connection. Done!



You can do it yourself

AT&T has put up this page allow you to update your device information via the web (Thanks Jack for the link).


They warn against just swapping MicroSIM cards!


10 Must Have Apps for the New (Verizon) iPhone Owner

Today is the day that many 1st time iPhone users have been waiting for! Starting today you can walk into a Verizon Wireless Store or Apple Store and walk out with an iPhone running on Verizon's network. Since many of you will be first time iPhone users, I thought that I would put together this list of Must Have Apps. Make no mistake about it, with hundreds of thousands of great Apps on the App Store it is very very very very hard to limit a list to just 10. I took the approach of "which Apps do I use the most?" "Which Apps are not as obvious as others such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., that the user will go grab anyway?" "Which Apps would I first install on a new iPhone?" and lastly "Which apps provide functionality that's just simply not in one of the built-in Apps?" So in no particular order here's my list:




I follow all my favorite sites via their RSS feeds. Unfortunately the iPhone doesn't have a built-in dedicated RSS reader App. Reeder is my new favorite RSS App. It syncs with my Google Reader account and this means that if read a story on my iPhone or my computer or my iPad it's marked as read so that I don't have to read it again on the other devices. Reeder has a nice clean UI (user interface).

Get Reeder for iPhone for $2.99 here from the iTunes



Although the iPhone has a built-in notes App it's pretty basic and doesn't offer FREE wireless syncing unless you have a supported IMAP account/Mac Mail, etc. I can't seem to make one of these must have lists without my readers telling me that it's incomplete unless I list Evernote. So here ya go 🙂 All jokes aside Evernote is a great App that allows you to sync notes wirelessly with your computer iPhone and computer. You can access the notes, photos, voice memos, etc. anywhere you have access to web browser as well.

Get Evernote for FREE here from the iTunes



I wouldn't be able to function without my To Do List. Sadly the iPhone doesn't have a to do list app built-in and while there are some great Todo list Apps out there (yes I have Things too 🙂 ), my preference is Appigo's Todo.  Todo has a simple interface with syncing capabilities to your computer and the cloud. I started using their cloud based service and love it. It allows me to manage my To Do's anywhere I have access to my iPhone, iPad or the web.

Get Todo for the iPhone for $4.99 here from the iTunes


Adobe Photoshop Express

While the iPhone is equipped with a nice camera and decent photo management and sharing abilities, it doesn't have any built-in photo editing capabilities. There are tons of photo editing Apps for the iPhone. Adobe Photoshop Express provides most of the basic editing features with a clean touch interface that users will want and best of all it's FREE. You can share your edited photos on Facebook, Twitter, Email and with background uploading.

Get Photoshop Express for FREE here form the iTunes


Navigon MyRegion

The built-in Google Maps App is great! While it does give you directions from point A to point B, it doesn't give you turn-by-turn voice directions and it requires a data connection to work. Navigon MyRegion Apps provide you with true turn-by-turn voice directions and the built-in maps mean that you don't have to have a data connection to use the App. There are tons of great features in this App and the reason I'm recommending the MyRegion version is that most of us don't drive all over the whole country. These Apps are moderately priced for your particular region and if you ever need either of the other two regions you can add them on at any time via an in-app purchase. 

Get the Navigon MyRegion Apps for $29.99 UPDATE! Navigon Apps are on Sale in honor of New Verizon iPhone owners $14.99

East (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, ME, MD, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV)

Central (AL, AR, CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NM, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, WI, WY)

West (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY)

Also if you are interested in getting Navigon North America it's ON SALE too for only $29.99 iTunes

My setup above is:





AT&T or Verizon: Where’s the Best Coverage? CoverMe! has you covered

Thinking of switching to a Verizon iPhone? Well now there's an App to help you see exactly who has the (stated) best coverage in the areas that you will be using your phone. CoverMe! does a clever job of allowing you to either use your current location or an address/zip code to compare the coverage maps of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile & Verizon. Of course actual coverage and cellular performance isn't as simple as the carrier's stated coverage, but this App can definitely give you a good idea of who has coverage where. For example, my grandma lived in the boonies in Georgia so I keyed in her zipcode (30635) for fun and it was clear that If I was living there I'd want a Verizon phone. However, in areas like NYC all the carriers state that they have great coverage according to their maps. So in that case take it for what it's worth. These are maps not actual experience/testing.

What about 3G/4G data?

This App only shows the coverage maps for voice, not data. That would be a really nice addition in the next update. If nothing else this is a fun app to play with.

Happy Friday!

You can get CoverMe! for FREE here from the iTunes


Apple and AT&T Signed Five Year Deal Until 2012

Engadget reports that the terms on the Apple and AT&T exclusivity deal is a five year deal. Since they entered the deal in 2007, it would mean that the exclusive would end in 2012, opening up for more carriers by then.

The confirmation comes in form of court documents filed by Apple in response to a class-action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T for locking users into a five-year period, instead of the two years allegedly promised.

Unless Apple manages to renegotiate the deal beforehand, which it could certainly do, it remains to see if the iPhone will be exclusive to AT&T until the end of 2012.