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09-05-2009, 10:38 AM #1
Loopt - First iPhone App to get Background-Like Features (AT&T Goodness Inside!)
Yep, you heard that right! Loopt, the service that brings <s>e-stalking</s> social networking and locational services together will soon be getting a great new feature! This will make it function like it's running in the background. It's not exactly background, as Apple never allowed that on the iPhone due to battery issues and other concerns, but it will still be collecting your location info even when it's not running thanks to some special network magic with AT&T. This definitely does give the app an edge over Google Latitude on the iPhone...
Actually, the company struck a deal with AT&T - bet Apple won't like this much, although they really can't do much :/- which allowed them to do this. Basically, the tech behind it is that the app will stay connected to the server even after you quit it and hence, lots of bandwidth sucking from AT&T. Remember, where there is AT&T involved, there's money involved.. You'll be charged an extra $3.99 monthly for this service, directly added to your phone bill.
Initially, this service will be available to just 5,000 of the millions of iPhone users on AT&T. The only good part is that you will be given 14 days trial period to use the service for free, which is good enough for trying it out. If you've been waiting for something like this since you got the iPhone, you can try being one of lucky 5,000 by signing up here. Hopefully, Apple and AT&T will be extending this service to more good apps, and hopefully without extending the costs much.
Loopt via MacRumors
09-05-2009, 10:41 AM #2
Very interesting. More $$$$
09-05-2009, 11:08 AM #3
It's Interesting indeed but...No Thanks. Kinda Ridiculous to charge for bandwidth when AT&T's 3g isnt really reliable . kinda not worth it to me if its not reliable.
09-05-2009, 11:20 AM #4
NO thanks! Why would I want to pay to have someone stalk me? Is there something I'm missing here? I've used their free version and I'm able to locate where I am and post it to facebook/twitter with a picture. Why would anyone pay $3.99/mo for something like that? Someone please enlighten me.
09-05-2009, 11:22 AM #5
i dont agree with charging more money and im not an att user but i see some potential.
for example to locate your wife/girlfriend/husband/etc or viceversa in case you lose it and for 36dls a year is cheaper than it closest competidor (to locate your phone in case you loose it).
pls correct me if im wrong
09-05-2009, 12:09 PM #6
wtf att has 2 charge extra???
u could probly sue for that cuz ppl with iphone should have unlimited data
if i paid for unlimited data they shouldnt cost extra for more data
09-05-2009, 12:35 PM #7
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09-05-2009, 02:10 PM #9
wow thxs i was looking for an app to locate my phone and 14 dls is a good price
09-05-2009, 04:18 PM #10
I wonder if you'll be able to still use Loopt without that feature and not have to pay.
09-06-2009, 01:01 PM #11Basically, the tech behind it is that the app will stay connected to the server even after you quit it and hence, lots of bandwidth sucking from AT&T.
Are all news sites just stupidly copying from each other? (Like back when everybody claimed the Citrix Receiver was a Windows emulator.) This doesn't involve the app or the iPhone at all. AT&T will charge people to share their triangulated position with the Loopt guys.
Gee. It doesn't run in the background but stays connected? That doesn't even make sense. You really just have to read their FAQ:
Q: How accurate are the location updates and how often will they occur?
A: Location accuracy can vary from a few hundred yards to a few miles depending upon the distance to the nearest cell tower. Updates usually occur once every 1 to 2 hours.
Somebody do some research next time. Bleh.
Last edited by BananaBonanza; 09-06-2009 at 01:07 PM.
09-06-2009, 04:36 PM #12
Originally Posted by sayam
Push. Push itself IS a background service (despite popular belief) that checks for updates all the time with cell towers. If there's a new message to deliver, it grabs it and "pushes" it out to another app. The phone is still "grabbing" the data no matter what. The only reason it's a big deal is because it allows ALL the background services to tie into ONE background service instead of all running their own like you'd see on a PC. This conserves both battery life and bandwidth. The iPhone framework has always theoretically allowed for background actions, but only has a single background process to perform them with.. Push. The downside to push is, only incoming messages can initiate an action since push itself is the only process running.
What could be (and probably is) happening is that ATT is "pushing" your friends locations to you at a constant interval. Then, since an action has been initiated, they can at the same time retrieve your accurate location from the Apple API at a constant interval. This requires a server and a program on their end. If the app on the PHONE, and not just a website, is auto-updating as well, this is what you're paying for. Not location coordinates, not bandwidth, a constant packet-pushing service from ATT. Both bandwidth and triangulation/GPS coordinates are still "unlimited" and free in this scenario. It all depends how ATT is choosing to handle this. This method would be more accurate as you could incorporate the GPS as well, and would also keep the phone updated with all your friends' positions with no background service and minimal bandwidth.
Last edited by reanimationxp; 09-06-2009 at 04:42 PM.
09-09-2009, 02:53 PM #13
i would actually find this exciting..
if only i had more friends on loopt
everyone seems to agree its e-stalking and wont add the app