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New iPhone 4 geared for hungry Internet users as flat rate plan ends

Apple on Monday unveiled the latest version of its popular iPhone, a thinner and more powerful device better suited for media consumption.

Indeed, Netflix, the most popular application for the iPad, said at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference that it will debut a free iPhone application this summer. Online game FarmVille, with 70 million users, will also hit the iPhone at the end of June.

Users will be able to record video in HD and make video calls on an application called FaceTime (think Skype video chats on your phone). And a higher resolution display will mean a much better picture -- so Chinese characters, for example, appear razor sharp.

Other highlights:

price: It will retail at $199 for 16 gigabytes and $299 for 32 gigabytes of data. Available June 24.
search: iPhone 4 will also include Bing, Microsoft's search engine.
camera: flash and 5 megapixels versus 3 megapixels in old version
video: HD video recording and LED light

Check out my colleague, Rob Pegoraro's, set up of the event.

All these bandwidth-hungry apps and improvements come just after Apple’s service parter, AT&T, announced the end of its flat rate plans for new smartphone customers. The new fees will allow some customers to pay less for data but could also lead to overage charges for the fast-growing pool of mobile Internet customers.

After AT&T’s announcement of tiered pricing for its wireless service, mobile customers are waiting to hear from other carriers on whether they will follow suit.

Clearwire, the WiMax mobile broadband network launched by Sprint Nextel and partners, said it will stick to a flat-rate plan. The network said it has a better spectrum position than others, which means that Clearwire doesn't have the capacity issues faced by bigger rivals.

“To put it in terms of old landline technology, our "pipe" is much bigger - several times that of incumbent carriers,” the company said.

Check out Pegoraro's review of Sprint's HTC Evo, the first 4G smart phone.

Verizon Wireless CTO Dick Lynch told The Post last January that the firm is considering a similar move with its next generation LTE wireless network. Verizon Wireless spokesman, Jeffrey Nelson, said Verizon will launch its fourth-generation mobile broadband network by the end of this year, covering 100 million people. The first devices are likely to be PC cards and dongles for laptop modem connectivity, Nelson said.

By Cecilia Kang  |  June 7, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
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The big announcement is a new version of the phone?

At this point, it's like announcing the next generation of iPod. Interesting, but not revolutionary.

It looks like the Android platform has taken most of the excitement away from Apple.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | June 7, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for a phone company to offer an iphone-like phone WITH WIFI but WITHOUT forcing to me into data plan. Phone companies, are you listening? - there is a market out there for people like me.

Posted by: clematis77 | June 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Is this 'news' or just another free commercial for Apple? Why do they keep getting a free ride when others don't?
And it's not even as if this was some kind of exciting tech breakthrough .. it's just a mildly improved product.
The pattern of free coverage of Apple stuff across the media is beginning to look awfully suspicious.....

Posted by: calbooster | June 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

New phone?


Posted by: jimmyjimmy1 | June 7, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Is there an analogous new 4th gen version of the Touch that will be released as well?

Posted by: rboltuck | June 7, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. So AT&T is now regressing (even further) in the face of progressive hardware.

As if $80 a month is too much of a bargain.

Posted by: byxnet | June 7, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Once again Apple managed to make people spend more money for the same thing... The apple spell has to be broken.....

Posted by: kmambouray85 | June 7, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

iphone has not been introduced yet and it is already far behind the Droid Incredible that is available now.

Another too little, too late move by Apple that has already lost the sales race to Android phones.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 7, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Apple is using Microsoft Bing as it's search engine in this phone is a sure sign of it's already fallen empire. Steve Jobs has officially bowed down to the competition.

Goodbye Apple....hello Google! Somewhere Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt is having a hearty laugh.

Eric to Bill: "So THAT'S why you bought up all of that Apple stock! Bill, you genius..."

Posted by: cbmuzik | June 7, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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