Why can't we buy it online?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by LoganT, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Is it because of the unlockers? Well if that's so why can't they just require us to sign up for a contract online? I can go to the ATT website and buy any phone I want. It's actually quite simple.
  2. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2007
    I would think that you can't buy it online right now because of the launch. I don't recall if you could buy the original online when it launched but I would be surprised in a few weeks after things have settled if they still don't offer it online.
  3. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Is it because of the unlockers? YES

    Why can't they require a signup online? Good question since I did that for my first cell phone about 5 years ago. If you want my opinion, AT&T got scared about unlockers (thanks a lot, guys) and went way overboard by padlocking the doors and putting a 7'2" ninja-trained bouncer a the door. Kinda reminds me of the recording industry's response to Napster.
  4. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    Excellect analogy! :D
  5. LoganT thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    That's a good point. Is AT&T worried that people are going to hack the AT&T site and get it without a contract?
  6. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    I think you overestimate the general populations knowledge of web server exploits ;)
  7. Van Wildonher macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    It's not stopping me. I'm buying it and there is a 99% chance that I'm going to unlock it as soon as it's possible. (travel)

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