1. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    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).
    This would be ideal. The packaging is intact and the process is faster.
    06-16-2008 10:21 AM
  2. Reaktor5's Avatar
    Doesn't help us new customers out.
    06-16-2008 11:50 AM
  3. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Yeah it definitely doesn't. At least current iPhone customers have some type of additional benefit (for being early adopters and all). Oh well, sucks for you and others. It doesn't benefit me at all though cause I have no plans of upgrading.
    06-16-2008 11:53 AM
  4. IrishJK09's Avatar
    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 12:07 PM
  5. Reaktor5's Avatar
    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.
    It is early on though. Things will change, hopefully for the better.
    06-16-2008 12:17 PM
  6. IrishJK09's Avatar
    It is early on though. Things will change, hopefully for the better.
    I certainly hope so.
    06-16-2008 12:27 PM
  7. tony2979#CB's Avatar
    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 12:36 PM
  8. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    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.
    Hmm well that certainly contradicts the information that is being passed around. Word is that Apple and AT&T will be doing in store activation. The question is how are they going to do that.
    06-16-2008 12:45 PM
  9. tony2979#CB's Avatar
    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.
    06-16-2008 12:53 PM
  10. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    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 12:57 PM
  11. Reaktor5's Avatar
    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 03:50 PM
  12. IrishJK09's Avatar
    Sounds good to me.

    Now, if we could only get the same level of detail about the price for non-iPhone owning, non-renewal eligible people, like myself...
    06-16-2008 04:09 PM
  13. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    This would be ideal and smart.
    06-16-2008 04:09 PM
  14. patcom8's Avatar
    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 04:15 PM
  15. bripat22's Avatar
    Sounds good to me.

    Now, if we could only get the same level of detail about the price for non-iPhone owning, non-renewal eligible people, like myself...
    Amen!! <still trying to remain optimistic>
    06-16-2008 05:18 PM
  16. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    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.
    If you want one, go to an Apple Store. I expect the AT&T store to run out of them sooner. When the original iPhone launched, AT&T in my area was out within the hour. Whereas the Apple Store had enough for everyone who wanted one.
    06-16-2008 05:43 PM
  17. volsfan0911's Avatar
    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 05:51 PM
  18. WatersWest's Avatar
    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 07:47 PM
  19. tony2979#CB's Avatar
    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.
    06-16-2008 09:46 PM
  20. whmurray's Avatar
    If you want one, go to an Apple Store. I expect the AT&T store to run out of them sooner. When the original iPhone launched, AT&T in my area was out within the hour. Whereas the Apple Store had enough for everyone who wanted one.
    I went to the AT&T store; sold out but got bad info. In and out of the Apple store in five minutes. Thirty minutes in the line at the AT&T store to be told that I could not activate there; got more bad info about my plan. Four hours on iTunes and to AT&T to finally get activated.

    Lesson: Prefer the Apple store and iTunes. Avoid the AT&T store.
    06-17-2008 10:07 AM
  21. xintelinsanex's Avatar
    Yup, who better to answer questions about the iPhone than the makers? The AT&T I went too had a huge line and they only had like 40 iPhones, it was disappointing. I did the people a favor by telling them the Apple Store was stocked :-).
    06-17-2008 10:10 AM
  22. whmurray's Avatar
    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.
    One does not get pleasant surprises from AT&T. Even though AT&T Wireless is Cingular re-branded, the business culture is Ma (Southwestern) Bell.
    06-17-2008 10:11 AM
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