O2 iPhone - Does not need instore activation?? (and being sold in Apple Stores?)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mvp2206, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. mvp2206 macrumors regular

    mvp2206

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    I contacted O2 yesterday as i am currently on Vodafone and my contract is due to expire on 15th July. I have requested a PAC code and wanted to know if i would be able to get an iPhone on Launch day as i would still technically be in another contract.

    Here is the response i received (possible interesting bits in bold)

    Hello Mark,

    Thanks for emailing us about the new iPhone 3G.

    You can downgrade your tariff one step down from your current tariff after completing nine months of your contract.

    You can get the iPhone 3G on 11 July 2008. To use your iPhone 3G on a Pay Monthly contract, please follow the steps below to activate your iPhone 3G through the 'Lite Activation' via iTunes on 15 July 2008:

    1. You'll need to connect your iPhone 3G to your PC or Mac (Macintosh) via a data cable and then open iTunes on your PC or Mac.
    2. You'll then need to activate your iPhone 3G via iTunes.
    3. You'll need to select the 'Existing Customer' radio button and then select the 'Keep Number' option.
    4. You'll then need to enter your mobile number.
    5. You'll be sent a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to confirm that you're the account owner.
    6. You'll then need to enter this PIN in the relevant field.
    7. You'll then be sent to last screen of activation (bypassing portal/iTunes account creation, tariff selection, terms and conditions).
    8. Your iPhone 3G will now synchronise with iTunes and it'll be activated.

    The iPhone 3G will go on sale on 11 July 2008 from 8:02am in selected O2, Apple and Carphone Warehouse stores. All iPhone stock is being sold on a first come, first served basis.

    All Apple stores and the majority of O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores will open at 8:02am but in some cases, due to restrictions on access etc., stores will adopt standard trading times.

    The nearest O2 store at your location is:

    O2
    Unit 40, West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton, H
    Southampton - West Quay
    SO14 7EG
    United Kingdom.

    If this store location doesn't suit you, you can find out another O2 store by calling 0800 224 477 or by clicking on the link below:

    http://www.webmap.o2.co.uk/interfaces/retail/

    Calls to 0800 224 477 are free of charge from O2 Pay Monthly phones and are charged at the rate of 20p including VAT (Value Added Tax) per minute from other mobiles. Calls from a fixed line are charged at your telephone providers' published rates. They're available:

    - Monday to Saturday 9am to 5:30pm
    - Sundays 11am to 4pm.

    I hope you find this information useful and many thanks for your keen interest in the iPhone 3G.

    Please visit our website using the link www.o2.co.uk/iphone for the most up to date information on iPhone.

    Important - When you email us please provide: your date of birth, postcode and mobile number as it helps us answer your query faster.

    Kind regards,

    Vishal Kharbanda
    O2 Customer Service.



    What do you all think? Are we going to be able to walk out of an Apple, CPW or O2 store on friday with an un-activated iPhone? or am i reading this response wrong?
     
  2. ajthomason macrumors 6502

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    It seems that you're reading it correctly. I hope that this is true... It does go against all the information on mandatory in-store activations though.

    It could just be the info from last years launch though, and the person has not updated it - let's hope not.
     
  3. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    Is it just me, or does this imply our iPhone's cannot be used until 4 days after purchase?

    [No longer relevant]

    R-Fly
     
  4. mvp2206 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is because my current Vodafone contract ends on 15th July
     
  5. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    Ahh I see, the e-mail was personal.

    With all the automated responses, doctored by O2 to apply to the iPhone 3G, we've seen posted lately,
    I thought this was another.

    I feel stupid now. :cool:

    R-Fly
     
  6. Aravintht macrumors 6502a

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    maybe i can then just wait for a hactivation and then use my simplicity contract

    but how much would i pay for the 16GB in store? £59, £159 or even more?
     
  7. Aravintht macrumors 6502a

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  8. ajthomason macrumors 6502

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    Really? What can anyone do with a post code? If I look in the phone book... I get lots of them!
     
  9. glanv macrumors regular

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    Is this response not indicating that they think you are an existing customer? It is just the bit at the beginning that says:

    "You can downgrade your tariff one step down from your current tariff after completing nine months of your contract"

    and also:

    "3. You'll need to select the 'Existing Customer' radio button and then select the 'Keep Number' option."

    Might be me being stupid, but has the O2 person actually understood what you are asking?
     
  10. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    I'd presume you'd pay the same,

    On £30/month you'll pay £159 for 16GB
    On £35/month you'll pay £159 for 16GB
    On £45/month you'll pay £59 for 16GB
    On £75/moth you'll pay £0 for 16GB

    R-Fly
     
  11. Aravintht macrumors 6502a

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    yeah but i could say i 'am' going to sign up to the £75/month tariff at home

    then go home and never activate...

    means i get a free iPhone or what?
     
  12. yogamonkey macrumors 6502

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    If we are to believe that for existing iPhone customers we will have to order online and wait for a home delivery, then surely there must be a way of activating at home too. I would be shocked if I had to sit at home waiting for my new iPhone and then had to take it to an o2 store for activation!
     
  13. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    An un-activated iPhone won't function, this time.

    My belief is if a unit is not connected to this specialised version of iTunes,
    for store activation use, your device simply won't work.

    This is the only way I can see Apple & O2 combating 'unlocking'.

    R-Fly
     
  14. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

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    If you order online you'll sign up for the contract online first - sending the phone is the last step. There may be something to do in itunes to link your phone to the new contract, but there's no way in hell they'll ship you an iphone without having a contract ready to go..
     
  15. Aravintht macrumors 6502a

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    yes

    but if the OP's email is true

    then if he signed up to a contract, that would mean he would be paying for 4 days and not using it
     
  16. zeasar macrumors regular

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    In-house activation IS possible...

    Leaked info has been posted before but here it is again:

    see: http://www.appleiphoneschool.com/20...3g-in-store-activation-process-documentation/
     
  17. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    That might solve a query as to what will be the opening times of the majority of shops (Apple, CW, O2).
     
  18. Aravintht macrumors 6502a

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    but what about the 7:02 thing then?

    i've been to my local o2 a few times. it's just a shop on the high street so can open whenever it wants and they keep saying 7:02am...

    but then again they could be chatting rubbish...
     
  19. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

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    It's not even certain the apple stores will be selling it yet, due to the activation issue.

    There's a mixture of opening times for O2, depending on what the local store decides... some 7:02 some 8:02 some 10am and I bet a few other random times too. The only way to know is to ask at your local store.
     
  20. sdm1985 macrumors 6502

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    whats the point of Apple opening early if they are not selling the phone...i think they will be and there will be PAYG from Apple :D
     
  21. zeasar macrumors regular

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    While I really wish that is true, I highly doubt it. If Apple do indeed sell the PAYG version, they would make it available online too. Must keep an eye out on apple online store next week.
     
  22. sdm1985 macrumors 6502

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    :eek: :apple:
     
  23. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    Apple are not a mobile network operator. (Stating the obvious? - maybe)

    Unless every Apple store has some how gained permission to access O2's systems, and then have the ability to create, upgrade,
    and manage a customer's O2 contract on-screen, iPhone 3G on contract, at an Apple store, isn't going to happen, lets be honest.

    This leads me to believe that the iPhone 3G, as crazy as it sounds, will not be available for purchase at an Apple store on July 11th
    in light of the news that PAYG is delayed until later in the year.
     
  24. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

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    The apple online store itself says it's available from O2 and CPW - conspicuous by its absence is any mention of it being sold by apple stores.

    The PayG is not coming out on the 11th.. that much is known - walk into *any* O2 store and it clearly says PayG later in the year, and CPW have emailed everyone to tell them it won't be available.

    That means unless the apple stores get the ability to sign people up to contracts (which is possible but I've not seen any evidence of it so far.. no real advertising in the apple stores for example) they will not be selling it on the 11th. They'll wait until PayG release.
     
  25. Merlinwiz macrumors member

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    Just to clear this up once and for all. It's a 2 stage set up process.

    To sign up for a iphone3g you HAVE to pass a credit check and sign upto a monthly contract instore just like you would any normal contract phone.

    AND

    Connect your iphone3g to itunes when you get home to get 'activated'

    I hope this clear it up for you a bit, I've had the blank contracts in my store for over a week which says about the 'activating' bit

    Thanks
    Merlinwiz :)
     

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