How soon does an new iPhone have to be activated after purchase?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PaulieORF, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. PaulieORF macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2009
    My mother asked me this question, and I wasn't sure of the answer so I'll pose it to you guys. I'm sure it's in the terms of sale, but I don't want to get to that point in the process if the time is too short. Anyway, my mother wants to buy an iPhone 4 for my brother for a Christmas gift. He is on her family plan with AT&T, so it wouldn't be a problem with her doing the actual purchase on the account. She wants to buy it online at Apple's website as soon as she can so she doesn't have to worry about possible short supply as Christmas nears, and also doesn't have to deal with going to the AT&T or Apple Store. The big question is, what is the length of time you are allowed to wait before you activate an iPhone that you've purchased at Apple's online store? It is an upgrade, so perhaps there is no time limit, but she just wanted to be sure.

    Thanks guys, I appreciate it.
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Call Apple or AT&T.

    They have the correct answer.
  3. sirslaysalot macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2010
    there's no actual time limit. but your warranty period begins from when its first activated, if that's of any help.

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