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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. pfcfury's Avatar
      pfcfury -
      Quote Originally Posted by suprmallet View Post
      $39.99 a month for the basic plan and then $30 for data? So we're looking at 70 for the basic plan, which I imagine is 450 anytime minutes and 1500 night and weekend minutes, with no text messages included. If we're lucky, it'll be $59.99 for 650 anytime and unlimited night and weekends, but I'm guessing another $20 a month for unlimited text messages. So that would be $60+$20+$30 for $110 before taxes. Sigh.
      Ummmm helllooo!!! TXT is included in unlimited DATA!!!!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Apple - iPhone - Choose a Country

      Notice the USA is the last on the list. Available under the July 11th date :-)
    1. 1sick94hb's Avatar
      1sick94hb -
      i seriously doubt your friends store has the new iphone already. today was just the unveiling of the new phone. If i cant walk in and buy and iphone and do with it as i please then i will not buy the new one. I just dont see how they can get buy with this. I think that you should be able to buy the iphone from apple direct and activate at home, but if you go into the store then you should have to activate on spot. If all this is true then apple is gonna kill there sales because i bet 90% of iphone sales are from people that are not even on ATT!!!!
    1. nycaznkidd0's Avatar
      nycaznkidd0 -
      i just called another store and i ask the same question, it will be the same deal with the first iphone. get it and get out. i called 2 nyc apple store already, and they told me the same answer.
    1. chasev2's Avatar
      chasev2 -
      Wow, that'll really stagnate sales.

      Will Apple only sell refurbished units in-store, as well? Sounds like a boondoggle in the making.

      I doubt this'll last long. And if it does... dump your Apple stock now, lol. With the poor economy and high fuel prices, the headlines that read - "new iphone fails to meet sales expectations" - will just write themselves.

      With fuel prices soaring, you really have to wonder about a company that eliminates internet sales from one of its top tier products. Not a smart move, at all.
    1. jerdst's Avatar
      jerdst -
      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
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      According to At&t site, you have to activate it at the store or you cant buy it. I don't think this stops the unlocking community but will hinder it.
    1. 1sick94hb's Avatar
      1sick94hb -
      how can the att store tell you something over the phone about a phone that they dont even have yet!
    1. nycaznkidd0's Avatar
      nycaznkidd0 -
      find the local apple store, and give theme a call, i sold my iphone 1 month ago. so im on the safe side
    1. mfleigle's Avatar
      mfleigle -
      What about AT&T online? They sell the phone to you activated from them. I found it interesting that there "revolutionary" way to activate phones only lasted a year. And iTunes activation had nothing to do with unlocking. I am now taking this story with a grain of salt, since neither AT&T or Apple has said it (CS people do not count)
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      The employees at the Apple Stores are talking about the old iphone not the new one. I am sure they haven't even been briefed on it yet.
    1. nycaznkidd0's Avatar
      nycaznkidd0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1sick94hb View Post
      how can the att store tell you something over the phone about a phone that they dont even have yet!
      i called a apple store not a atnt store, if u get ur iphone on atnt obviously u have to activate it.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      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 .
    1. 1sick94hb's Avatar
      1sick94hb -
      exactly. So this basically is going to put a stop to buying iphones on ebay. Why would i buy an iphone, activate it, cancel the plan and pay the early termination fee, unlock it then sell it on ebay??? So basically like i said apple has just screwed themselves if all this info is true!
    1. elay12's Avatar
      elay12 -
      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.
    1. nycaznkidd0's Avatar
      nycaznkidd0 -
      if the iphone going to release on the 11th stores should have been receiving the phones today. the chances that the stores get it tomorrow are slim cause there might be a delay shipment.
    1. gameviper's Avatar
      gameviper -
      so i have a question... if i bought the iphone and activated with a 2 year contract... how would i go about buying this one? just go in and upgrade just like that?
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I can see AT&T having this in store activation policy... only makes sense. That makes it fair for legit AT&T customers to have a decent supply of phones available. But this doesn't stop someone from going to the APPLE store and picking one up with the "understanding" that it will be activated at home.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1sick94hb View Post
      exactly. So this basically is going to put a stop to buying iphones on ebay. Why would i buy an iphone, activate it, cancel the plan and pay the early termination fee, unlock it then sell it on ebay??? So basically like i said apple has just screwed themselves if all this info is true!
      not exactly... i think this is why we are seeing a huge drop in retail price. The average AT&T Customers pays nearly $99 a month for 900-1200 minutes + data plan, unlimited text, etc. This makes sense.
    1. Arm22's Avatar
      Arm22 -
      Ummmm. Is everyone screaming about Apples stock forgetting about the exclusivity contract? This is SUPPOSED to be just for AT&T remember? Why would they care if you don't buy unless you activate a 2yr. This is a smart business move to protect AT&T and Apple's agreement. I see no other reason for it.