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  • No More Online iPhone Sales | 3g Data Prices
    According to dallasnews.com there will be a new requirement for buying the 3g iPhone. You must buy it in person and activate it in the store.

    Direct quote from AT&T spokesperson
    When customers purchase their new 3G iPhone, customers will activate the device in the retail store. This is the traditional wireless activation model that our customers are very familiar with. In-store activation should take just a few minutes and customers will be able to leave with their iPhone up and running. This will be especially helpful if any questions or issues arise during activation.
    That fluff about helping people with questions is probably just the polite way of saying "We want the iPhones activated on our chosen carriers in front of us. We hope to kill unlocking. Muwahahahaha."


    Pricing for the 3g iPhone was also announced:
    • With a two-year contract, the price of an 8GB iPhone 3G will be $199; the 16GB model will be priced at $299.
    • Unlimited iPhone 3G data plans for consumers will be available for $30 a month, in addition to voice plans starting at $39.99 a month.
    • Unlimited 3G data plans for business users will be available for $45 a month, in addition to a voice plan.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No More Online iPhone Sales | 3g Data Prices started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 412 Comments
    1. Darko_kun's Avatar
      Darko_kun -
      I just took my iPhone off ebay since I heard we wont be able to walk in and get one.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Screwed themselves how? The number of unlocked phones (comparing iPhone sales to iPhone contracts) hasn't been higher than 20%. So assuming this is all true, they lost those 20% while attracting an equivalent number of costumers who are ok with a $200 price tag.

      They can't physically prevent you from unlocking or jailbreak a phone, but I do have to say that forcing a contract with each phone sale if a pretty nice way to stop it.
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      Quote Originally Posted by jerdst View Post
      that bull apple better recall the iPhones and give me a new one
      because I paid 400 for the I have
      and I thought all the iPhones were 3g
      ha, what a tool. Reading>you.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by elay12 View Post
      it's no big deal, just sign the contract. all cell providers have a 30 day trial period. just sign up for the plan and then within minutes cancel your plan and you won't have to pay anything extra.
      Really? By law you only have (3) days to void any legal bound contract. Technically without an addendum in the contract (I don't see that happening) if you purchase a phone and open the box your stuck with it.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by elay12 View Post
      it's no big deal, just sign the contract. all cell providers have a 30 day trial period. just sign up for the plan and then within minutes cancel your plan and you won't have to pay anything extra.
      If you cancel within 30 days you have to return the subsidized phone.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      I just got back from the local AT&T store and spoke with the manager. It appears that it is true.. activation in the store only. You literally will have to sign a 2 year agreement or re-extend a 2 year agreement if you are currently an iphone holder. Apparently as well they are integrating AT&T substations into the MAC Stores as of July 1st .
      I just talked to my brother who manages a AT&T store in Dallas. He is getting transfered to the new AT&T substation at the local Apple Store. He said that if someone tries to cancel their plan after receiving their iphone they have to pay a $450 fee or return the phone within 30 days other wise your credit gets dinged and if your credit sucks your not getting a AT&T account anyways. Apple has shot themselves in the foot.
    1. sailorguido's Avatar
      sailorguido -
      Everyone forgot a bigger issue here..THIS WILL END JAILBREAKING! Because everytime you jailbreak and iPhone it "reactivates" the phone over iTunes after resetting the phone. Now that iTunes won't be doing the activating, what are you going to do? Jailbreak it, and then take it back to the store and ask them to activate? Ill be sticking with my current phone.
    1. Conn18's Avatar
      Conn18 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Apple - iPhone - Choose a Country

      Notice the USA is the last on the list. Available under the July 11th date :-)
      Ever heard of the alphabet?
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      can you honestly imagine buying the iPhone 3G from an Apple store, then sitting their with an apple genius and sorting your contract with O2out.

      imagine how many man hours apple would lose from store workers with this....

      it is a good rumour to start at this point in time but cant see it happening.

      phoned apple and the CS said they didnt really know yet but thought it would be same as last one.

      we will just have to wait and see, and ignore the rumours this time, just like video conferencing last time.....
    1. DoerrFan's Avatar
      DoerrFan -
      So...Stupid....
      Why do i have to sign ANOTHER 2 year plan?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by sailorguido View Post
      Everyone forgot a bigger issue here..THIS WILL END JAILBREAKING! Because everytime you jailbreak and iPhone it "reactivates" the phone over iTunes after resetting the phone. Now that iTunes won't be doing the activating, what are you going to do? Jailbreak it, and then take it back to the store and ask them to activate? Ill be sticking with my current phone.
      No it won't. Once your account is active and flagged as an iPhone account, iTunes will be able to activate the phone.

      The bottleneck (a brilliant one) is BUYING the phone. Simply put, you can't buy an iPhone 3G without a new contract or extending a current one.
    1. nycaznkidd0's Avatar
      nycaznkidd0 -
      Apple - iPhone - Wo gibt es das iPhone? TMOBILEE!!!!!! BUT FOR GERMANY
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      can you honestly imagine buying the iPhone 3G from an Apple store, then sitting their with an apple genius and sorting your contract with AT&T out.

      imagine how many man hours apple would lose from store workers with this....

      it is a good rumour to start at this point in time but cant see it happening.

      phoned apple and the CS said they didnt really know yet but thought it would be same as last one.

      we will just have to wait and see, and ignore the rumours this time, just like video conferencing last time.....
      AT&T substations
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by sailorguido View Post
      Everyone forgot a bigger issue here..THIS WILL END JAILBREAKING! Because everytime you jailbreak and iPhone it "reactivates" the phone over iTunes after resetting the phone. Now that iTunes won't be doing the activating, what are you going to do? Jailbreak it, and then take it back to the store and ask them to activate? Ill be sticking with my current phone.
      lol, no. fake activation is the process of activating the phone in itunes.

      jailbreaking is giving the phone the ability to install and run 3rd party apps (installer / cydia)
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      can you honestly imagine buying the iPhone 3G from an Apple store, then sitting their with an apple genius and sorting your contract with AT&T out.

      imagine how many man hours apple would lose from store workers with this....
      AT&T will be putting kiosk on Apple Stores to handle activations.
    1. Arm22's Avatar
      Arm22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      No it won't. Once your account is active and flagged as an iPhone account, iTunes will be able to activate the phone.

      The bottleneck (a brilliant one) is BUYING the phone. Simply put, you can't buy an iPhone 3G without a new contract or extending a current one.
      Happy Noodle has got it. This is the way it will be.
    1. elay12's Avatar
      elay12 -
      i have had t-mobile, verizon, and at&t. i have read all the contracts and fine print. if you cancel the plan within 3 days you can either return the phone or pay for the phone which will be full retail price.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Current AT&T customers will just extend their contract.
    1. jaredb03's Avatar
      jaredb03 -
      Did they announce anything about a trade in? I still have about a year and a few months on my service agreement. and do you have to pay for the 3g? 3g is not available in my area so it is useless to me, i just want to upgrade because of the design and the GPS.
    1. jccastro's Avatar
      jccastro -
      What will happen in Europe, in some countries they canīt force you to buy the plans, which prices will be there?