The New Apple iPhone 2.0 able to use faster 3G communication was announced today. It will be available for $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. iPhone 2.0 will be availabe July 11, 2008.
The Economist magazine notes that while the Apple iPhone has 20% of the smartphone market in the United States it only has 5% worldwide.
There are competing phones from Samsung with superior digital cameras (5 megapixel) instead of 2 megapixel for the iPhone. The iPhone sets the standard for
the quality of its interface, The new iPhone will also have improved enterprise software and integration with Microsoft Outlook email.
The Samsung Instinct will be on the Sprint network at 3G speeds
Samsung Omnia i900 will become available in Southeast Asia first and then be launched to other markets over the second half of 2008, according to Samsung.
More info on the Samsung Omnia i900
Blackberry Bold 9000 is a 3G smartphone.
The Blackberry Thunder touchscreen phone is featured at Blackberry cool They have a picture which shows the Thunder as having a large screen like the iPhone.
Nokia is still the world smartphone leader with the N95 and the Nokia S60
The Times Online discusses the competing smartphones
CEO Steve Jobs said the new iPhone, which is based on 3G technology, is 36% faster than top rival Nokia's N95 smartphone.
Jobs says the new iPhone will be available worldwide starting July 11. It will allow up to six hours of Web browsing and five hours of talk time.
Jobs announced the 3G iPhone, which had been rumored for months, at the company's annual World Wide Developers conference in San Francisco.
During the show, Jobs also introduced a slew of new applications for the iPhone, including a wireless system that automatically forwards e-mail to other devices, a friend-finding service called Loopt and mobile blogging software from TypePad.
Other new applications for the iPhone include a service from MLB.com that provides a live scoreboard of major league games, and music-making software, called Cow Terry, for creating songs on the phone.
The new iPhone applications are aimed at boosting revenue from data services. Wireless companies increasingly are looking to these services to offset slowing growth in mobile phone sales. Apple, for instance, will charge $99 a year for its new MobileMe service, which sends e-mail, contact and calendar updates to a user's devices.
The official Apple iPhone site
iPhone 2.0 features listed at Apple.com