So I just finished canceling my Verizon contract. Now tomorrow I'm out to try and buy an iPhone. The only problem is that the only place that sells iPhones within quite a few hundred miles of where I'm at (in Alaska) is the various AT&T stores. So a few questions: 1. Do I have to pass a credit check in the AT&T store? My mother is going to put the plan in her name, but she isn't available during the day to come with me to the store. Can I just buy the phone from AT&T, and sign up for the actual plan via iTunes? 2. Are there any horrible disadvantages of buying from an AT&T store, as opposed to buying online from Apple?