Question about iPhone activation

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sportsfrk214, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. sportsfrk214 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    I am a major tech/Apple nerd. And therefore I have some nerdy things that I think are cool. I like the excitement if going to an Apple Store to buy something as opposed to having it mailed to me. I also like th excitement of taking my new toy home and opening everything meticulously, enjoying the brilliant packaging of Apple products. Ok, nerdiness rant over.

    That being said, I look forward to doing this when I get my first iPhone, which will be the iPhone 5 on Verizon whenever it is released. However I don't know how this is going to work for me. I am an existing Verizon customer, and I am actually without a contract right now (it expired last month, and I'm waiting for iPhone 5 to renew). I will not be setting up a new account, I will simply be adding the phone to my existing account, meaning I will be keeping my phone number and my voice and texting plan, plus adding the data plan.

    So my question, can I do this at home? Can I go to the Apple Store, buy the phone, and bring it home to set up? Or does the Apple Store/Verizon Store have to open my iPhone for me to set up on their computers? Thanks for any info.
  2. LinksAwakener macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
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    Yes you can do this at home. Connecting your phone to iTunes will go through this setup process automatically.

    That being said, they WILL open the iPhone box in the store. There's no way around this. What happens is, purchasing the phone will use up your "free upgrade" and they register the phone serial number with your Verizon account right as you purchase it, including any data/text plans. The only way to have an unboxing experience is ordering online, so you forfeit this pleasure when you pick it up in the Apple store.
  3. sportsfrk214 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    So what you're saying is, I can either buy it at an Apple Store or unbox it at home, but not both? And which ever I chose, I can link it to my current Verizon account from home?
  4. LinksAwakener macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011

    If you buy it in store, they activate/link the phone for you. If you order online, you and iTunes go through the activation/linking together.
  5. sportsfrk214 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    Awesome, thank you for the info. All I hope now is that Apple offers an online preorder that will ship the device on or briefly after launch day.
  6. scarboni21 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    They did that with the 4 and most if not all people who had it shipped to their house recieved it before launch day.

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