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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. deepdrumms's Avatar
      deepdrumms -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      If you "lose it" you'll be able to buy a new one, then activate it in the store to your account without extending your contract.
      So wouldn't that leave me with an $199 iphone (the one i "lost") that could be sold on ebay or what not and hacktivated by anyone? Isn't this what Apple is trying to avoid..?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I agree... there was nothing in the speech about these prices being "discounted" or having little stars next to them with a note about activation or "see details" ect. My vote is these are the full retail prices....
      Your vote is correct. The full retail price will be 199/299 and it comes with a nice 2-year contract.

      There's no way around it guys, if you want the new iPhone 3G, whether you buy it on AT&T or an Apple Store, you WILL need to get a new contract or extend your current one.
    1. erix920's Avatar
      erix920 -
      Ohh that makes more sense, I thought the $199 was the 2-year not full price but I guess they are the same thing. So I can go ahead and sell my current iPhone and buy the new one with that money?

      Sorry for all the questions..
    1. 1sick94hb's Avatar
      1sick94hb -
      thank you happy go lucky guy
      199 and 299
      why would there be a higher price to buy it without a contract when you cant buy it without a contract??? common sense guys.
      o and about the asterik being beside the price?? this is letting you know that you must sign a 2 year contract!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Your vote is correct. The full retail price will be 199/299 and it comes with a nice 2-year contract.

      There's no way around it guys, if you want the new iPhone 3G, whether you buy it on AT&T or an Apple Store, you WILL need to get a new contract or extend your current one.
      Right on Happy Noodle, why are people so dense? It sucks but it has been a problem for AT&T on the old activation method so they changed it.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Your vote is correct. The full retail price will be 199/299 and it comes with a nice 2-year contract.

      There's no way around it guys, if you want the new iPhone 3G, whether you buy it on AT&T or an Apple Store, you WILL need to get a new contract or extend your current one.
      or you know wait for a box to "fall of the truck" and end up on ebay. (hey look at china, they have thousands of iPhones that technically dont exist according to apple)
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by rusty778 View Post
      or you know wait for a box to "fall of the truck" and end up on ebay. (hey look at china, they have thousands of iPhones that technically dont exist according to apple)
      That is why I said earlier that most people in the states would have to buy from over seas
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by deepdrumms View Post
      So wouldn't that leave me with an $199 iphone (the one i "lost") that could be sold on ebay or what not and hacktivated by anyone? Isn't this what Apple is trying to avoid..?
      Well, yes. I guess this would be the only one way to get a spare iPhone for you to sell/unlock. But hey, apple still ends with 1 contract so it somewhat works out for them. Plus I'm sure they can flag your account and keep track of who's losing what.
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by rusty778 View Post
      or you know wait for a box to "fall of the truck" and end up on ebay. (hey look at china, they have thousands of iPhones that technically dont exist according to apple)
      and then hope that the new firmware can be fake activated + jailbroken + unlocked
    1. 1sick94hb's Avatar
      1sick94hb -
      us on other carriers would still end up paying the same price as the old iphone probably!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1sick94hb View Post
      us on other carriers would still end up paying the same price as the old iphone probably!
      Most likely
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      and then hope that the new firmware can be fake activated + jailbroken + unlocked
      I guarantee you it will be identical to the original version, the processor is the same in both iPhones, otherwise apple would have screwed over developers. Dev team said that the pwnage tool should work on all 2.0 variants so im not worried.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      and then hope that the new firmware can be fake activated + jailbroken + unlocked
      Well I think 2.0 (the beta releases anyways) have already been JB/unlocked. Not sure how much the activation process will change. We'll have to wait a month to find out how this turns out.
    1. harryding's Avatar
      harryding -
      only thing im worried about is the texting. I have an iphone now, and im comfortable with signing another contract. But they havent said anything about texting prices, i have the current plan of $40 extra for unlimited everything and i pay $20 for the family plan im on.
    1. the sr5's Avatar
      the sr5 -
      is there a way to get 2.0 yet? where did you get it rusty?
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Well I think 2.0 (the beta releases anyways) have already been JB/unlocked. Not sure how much the activation process will change. We'll have to wait a month to find out how this turns out.
      from what i understand, the last 2 releases of the 2.0 firmwares have not been jailbroken. i dont think the dev team would make it public though even if they have until after the official 2.0 release
    1. 1sick94hb's Avatar
      1sick94hb -
      the way i see it is att is going to be golden but apple themselves will end up losing quite a bit of sales honestly.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by the sr5 View Post
      is there a way to get 2.0 yet? where did you get it rusty?
      You cant get the gold master yet(but I hear engadget got a copy) I have an older 2.0 beta from a certain "BAY" if you know what im talking about(also hunting around random russian websites)
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      I just hope that when I buy the new phone, activate it there, come home and winpwn it no problem

      hopefully the dev team finds a way to crack it all pretty quick. They put a lot of effort into this for us
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      (sorry if this was already Mentioned) Won't people who want them hacked just restore them when they get home?