iPhone 3G Activation Process Update
According to Macrumors.com (iPhone 3G Launch Day, Meetups and Activation - Mac Rumors):
Reports of required in-store activation in the U.S. remain, but one unconfirmed tidbit we've heard is that customers with existing iPhones will be shunted to a separate line and will simply need provide the new IMEI number (printed on the outside of the box) from their iPhone 3G. Activation will reportedly then be completed at home after switching your sim card to the new phone and plugging into iTunes. If true, this would speed up sales for those upgrading their existing phones and also leave the iPhone 3G's packaging intact (to the relief of many).
- 06-16-2008, 10:50 AM #2
- 06-16-2008, 11:07 AM #4
This is BS... There is no reason they should make activation that way for current iPhone customers only. What about current At&t customers in general? I am already in their damned system, and my SIM came out of the first iPhone originally! I just had to swap it to a new device for Christ's sake.
The only people that should have new activation should be the NEW customers, just like all of At&t's other phones. They are the ones that need new service, ported phone numbers, credit checks, etc.
This is just a bunch of crap... Seriously.
- 06-16-2008, 11:17 AM #5
- 06-16-2008, 11:27 AM #6
- 06-16-2008, 11:36 AM #7
Hi all...First post and soon to be ex-blackberry, new iPhone user.
I stopped by the Apple store here in Oklahoma City this weekend and was asking how they were going to do in-store activations.
They looked at me as if I had lost my mind. They said that the phones sold at the Apple Store would be activated at home through iTunes just like the last release. They would not be doing any type of in-store activation.
- 06-16-2008, 11:53 AM #9
Yeah, I thought that also. I assumed that they would either have AT&T reps in the Apple Store doing activations or have the software on Apple's registers and train them on how to use it (which seems like it would be a disaster).
This store employee specially said that they didn't, because they didn't want Apple to be responsible for the personal information that goes with setting up a phone contract. Whether he knew what he was talking about or not is anyone's guess.
They might have AT&T reps at the Apple Store in case people had questions about their contract, other services, etc. I can't wait for the official information to be release. This speculation about activation is getting just as bad as speculating the features of the new iPhone, which turned out in the end a lot of the rumors were not true.
- 06-16-2008, 02:50 PM #11
iPhone 3G AT&T Activation Details: Doing It at Home is Possible, But Requires a Promise
Seems like everything is good now in activationland!
Apple Insider has just heard through an internal memo that people can actually leave a retail store without activating their iPhone 3G as long as they've signed a form saying that they intend to register with a 2-year service plan within 30 days. The retail guys would then input the IMEI number of your phone into their machines, which would enter AT&T's Death Star tracking machine to allow them to know whether or not you've properly activated. Now it all makes sense.
- 06-16-2008, 03:09 PM #12
- 06-16-2008, 03:15 PM #14
Yeah i just wanna know what im going to have to do, and really how long im going to need to set aside to be able to walk away with a 3g iphone. Im getting nervous that im not going to be able to get my hands on one of these phones too easily.
- 06-16-2008, 04:18 PM #15
- 06-16-2008, 04:51 PM #17
In the same camp (10/2007 on a blackberry) so I'm in non-eligible purgatory with the others until AT&T figures out what to do with us. I'll expect the worst (big $ to upgrade to iPhone along with an entirely new 2 year contract) then hope for pleasant surprises.
- 06-16-2008, 06:47 PM #18
I'm with CrazEtooN ... the people who seem to get screwed the MOST here are current AT&T customers who still have time left on their 2-year contract. Especially if we've been long-term customers. Doesn't anyone reward loyalty anymore?? (I know, I know .... the answer is obvious).
- 06-16-2008, 08:46 PM #19
Fresh from AT&T Customer Service
Ok, just talked to a AT&T rep on a unrelated matter, but asked about upgrading to the iPhone when it comes out.
His answer was that it would be the same as with the last release. When you activate your iphone you are signing a new 2 year contract. No penalty even if you have time left on your old one.
- 06-17-2008, 09:07 AM #20
Lesson: Prefer the Apple store and iTunes. Avoid the AT&T store.
- 06-17-2008, 09:11 AM #22