I'm posting the chat that I had with the at&t agent and this answers few questions that we might have regarding iphone launch, release and purchase Note: I assume that the at&t agent has given the correct information. Am surprised to hear a few things different frm what I have read here and other forums. eg. The activation is done through itunes and not in the store... Chat InformationThank you for your patience! An AT&T sales representative will be with you shortly. Chat InformationYou are now chatting with Megan J, an AT&T sales representative. Megan J: Welcome to AT&T online Sales support. How may I assist you with placing your order today? Me: I have question regarding the purchase of the new Iphone Me: am currently an at&t subscriber Megan J: Sure! I'm glad to help! Me: I have a non iphone plan right now Me: I have this phone for the past 8 months or so Me: how do i get the new iphone Megan J: When the new phone comes out, you'll be able to buy it for either $199 (8GB) or $299 (16GB). Megan J: You activate iPhone in a whole new way-using iTunes right on your computer. All you need is a PC or Mac, a credit card or debit card, access to the Internet and an email address. The credit approval for your AT&T service also happens on your computer. It's part of activating through iTunes, but if you'd rather have your credit pre-approved before you leave the store, an AT&T store representative can help you with that. You will also select an available plan during activation. Me: but do I have to terminate the existing plan to get the new iphone?? Me: or I'll just have to pay 199$ for the 8GB iphone and I can walk out with the iphone 3G Megan J: You'll have to get a new plan for the iPhone. They won't work on a regular plan. They have to have data so you'll have to set your plan up on iTunes. Me: but will I have to pay the early termination fee on the existing plan? Megan J: But you'll pay $199 for the 8GB 3G iPhone and be able to walk out of the store with that 3G iPhone. Megan J: No you won't have any termination fee. It's just like changing your plan. Me: thats fine. You got any news on release time in apple or at&t Me: stores Megan J: They will be released on July 11 and available here online, in stores and through Apple. The time depends on when the stores open. I don't know what those times are. Me: I just have one more question. Right now I have a family plan with 2 phones. Does the person whose name the phones are registered on, has to be there to get the iphone? Megan J: No. But you'll add $30 to the family plan. Me: Its currently registered on my frd's name. Can I alone purchase it on july 11.. Megan J: You can, yes. You won't be setting up your plan in the store. You'll activate the phone on iTunes. Megan J: Then you'll have him have it added to the family plan. Me: that sounds great. I'll just have to purchase the phone and do the rest on my itunes right? Me: also it the iphone available in all at&t stores? Megan J: Yes it will be.