Dun, Dun, Dunnn.. New 3G activation details emerge...

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  1. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000

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    I just got a call from our Apple Rep. He gave me a heads up, when buying from an Apple store, if you already have an account with AT&T, you'll be able to upgrade your account to the new data plan/activate the phone through ITunes at home.. again, no additional credit check will be required for current AT&T customers..

    HOWEVER, if you do not have an account, you can still purchase an IPhone through an Apple Store, but you will either need to go to an AT&T store or call AT&T to activate the IPhone..

    So there is truth to IN STORE activations, but in store activation seems to be for NEW AT&T customers ONLY, as a way to prohibit the buying/selling/unlocking of IPhones...

    This is the latest he has heard, I'm sure it will change by July 11th. but things are looking a little clearer..

    The prices remain the same, 199 and 299..
     
  2. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

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    This does correspond with my call to AT&T yesterday as well. She said that we COULD activate in store since I'm an existing customer in order to add the data plan, but again, since I am an existing customer, it was not required and I could either do it at home, or call them to add the plan. I didnt ask about new customers since it doesnt apply to me, but it makes perfect sense to me. :)
     
  3. TexasAg macrumors member

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    I assume there is no way to transfer a number from my existing non-Apple cell phone to the new iPhone via iTunes, right? I'm guessing that is something that has to be done at AT&T.
     
  4. camarobh macrumors 6502

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    I transfered two Verizon numbers to new iPhones via iTunes activation with the first version of the iPhone.
     
  5. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

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    I am going to be a new AT&T customer. So if I go to the Apple store and buy my iPhone I also have to go to the AT&T store also, or call them? Might as well just go to the AT&T store and buy it. This whole thing is pretty stupid. The iTunes activiation was one of the seamless perks along with the amazing iPhone.
     
  6. TexasAg macrumors member

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    Wow, so you could actually port a number from a different carrier to the iPhone via iTunes? Nice.
     
  7. FSUSem1noles thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Back when activation could be done through ITunes, yes you could... but now that signs are pointing to the fact that new AT&T subs need to go through AT&T first, AT&T would have to port your number over when setting up a contract..
     
  8. BlueRazor2 macrumors member

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    What did they say about the people that are currently in the duration of a two year contract with AT&T with a phone that is not the iPhone?
     
  9. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

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    How is that going to stop people from unlocking them?
     
  10. FSUSem1noles thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You would still be able to upgrade, you have to pay the 199 or 299 depending which version you wan and reup/extend your contract.. If you're upgrade eligible, they're not giving additional discounts at this time... that may change over time? who knows???
     
  11. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    It wouldn't but he was incorrect. They can, and will, be activating them in Apple stores.
     
  12. TexasAg macrumors member

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    Yeah, I agree. But I'm with AT&T, so I will hopefully be able to just activate through iTunes and have it transfer my AT&T number over to the new iPhone.
     
  13. FSUSem1noles thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I don't think it's meant to stop them per say... but until a unlock method becomes available for a out of box 3G IPhone, if you buy a 3G IPhone, you'll only have a glorified IPod touch.. unless you contact AT&T to activate your phone.. and who's to say that you won't have to activate the phone first to use an unlock method????
     
  14. FSUSem1noles thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Unless the Apple store has an AT&T kiosk in it, as of now they are not doing NEW AT&T customer activations there...
     
  15. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

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    I was a little confused about this as the OP said you would not be able to activite them in the Apple store. I really hope you are right!
     
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    Considering you could create a new AT&T account with the original iPhone from iTunes at home and considering it has already been announced by an AT&T spokesman in this interview that, "You will need to walk out of the AT&T or Apple store with the device activated," they will have the capability. (italics mine)

    Why don't they have it now? Maybe because the iPhone 3G won't be on sale for nearly a month. :)
     
  18. saDeRmac macrumors regular

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    OUCH I'm thinking that the person who posted that will definitely not have a job by July 11th. They are cracking down on Code of Business Conduct violations... and considering the end of the document says:Confidential AT&T Information Internal Distribution Only. OUCH They take proprietary information leaks seriously...
     
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    Good Stuff! Good to Know! :cool:
     
  20. PhightinPhils26 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, friend wasnt too happy about that...
     
  21. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    What happened to the scanned postings? Never mind! :eek::confused:
     
  22. mjerald macrumors newbie

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    So why no on-line orders thru Apple this time ???
     
  23. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    Because if you buy it online they can't insure you activate it. If you buy it in the store then they can insist on that being a part of the process.
     
  24. djransom macrumors 68040

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    Sometimes I wonder if info such as that gets leaked from the top.
     
  25. mtfield macrumors 6502

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    wish i could have seen that memo! damn just a bit late... anyway this makes a lot of sense.. that's why there is that fee they are talking about for people who don't activate within a month! if you are an at&t member then that would be nice to be able to activate in itunes! but if you dont then at&t knows and finds you which is fine by me really... don't care to much about the health of the unlocking industry...(sorry guys!;)) so maybe we'll see two lines on launch day! a quick one for at&t customers and a long one for those who are just seeing the light for the first time!
     

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