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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. hoits2000's Avatar
      hoits2000 -
      "AT&T's President of National Distribution Glenn Lurie, who revealed that all iPhone activations will take place in-store."

      I think!! You have to think about it. Only sell in stores? No way. You will be able to buy online, either apple or att and then activate in store within 30 days. Or face penalty.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      If they control the supply of iPhones how could you NOT activate it in store? Also if you manage to get an iPhone unscathed from a store unactivated and hacktivate it how could they know?
    1. chrissurra's Avatar
      chrissurra -
      People cant seem to understand that Apple advertised the subsidized price today, you cant buy it without a contract. Period.

      Att lost money through unlocking, instead of sharing revenue with apple for the new subscribers they are sharing it with the person who buys the phone.

      Cheaper iphones means more people buying them, more people buying means more activation fees for ATT and more revenue, the subsidies will actually make ATT more money.

      There are always people who will import them from overseas but ATT isnt that bad for me to pay double for a phone for no reason.
    1. Brandnew70x7's Avatar
      Brandnew70x7 -
      Well, it looks like I'm gonna either switch to the Bold or use my EDGE iPhone till it dies. Good game Apple. I like paying 80 dollars for unlimited data + texting + 1000 minutes. What a debacle.
    1. OrBiTaL.Zer0's Avatar
      OrBiTaL.Zer0 -
      I live on Brazil, and I'm planning to travel to NYC next month.
      How can I buy one ? I'll have to make a contract with AT&T ?
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Just wait, brazil is getting its own iPhone carrier later this year

      http://www.apple.com/iphone/countries/
    1. OrBiTaL.Zer0's Avatar
      OrBiTaL.Zer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rusty778 View Post
      Just wait, brazil is getting its own iPhone carrier later this year

      Apple - iPhone - Choose a Country
      You sure don't know Brazilian import taxes ...
      lol

      And the carrier here will be wanting minimally a lifetime contract. If not wanting "deathtime" also :P "You can die, as long as you keep using our carrier"
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      There is no way they can force you to purchase a contract in store or walk out empty handed. Get real. When you purchase a product in America you have the right to receive it untampered from manufacturer. That means in the box wrapped up when you pay. They can offer rebates and incentives to do it their preferred method but nothing more.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Well I dont see how your going to buy an 3G iPhone since you now have to activate in store and not in iTunes
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      There is no way they can force you to purchase a contract in store or walk out empty handed. Get real. When you purchase a product in America you have the right to receive it untampered from manufacturer. That means in the box wrapped up when you pay. They can offer rebates and incentives to do it their preferred method but nothing more.
      You also don't seem to understand that in America there's this thing called exclusive rights which prevents phones from being sold unlocked. AT&T has the iPhone's exclusive right for the next four years. You can keep telling yourself whatever you want to make you sleep at night, but you will not be able to buy the new phone with the contract.

      EDIT: No one is forcing to buy this phone, you can buy one of the dozens of other smartphones out there. However, if you want THIS phone, you'll have to be with AT&T.
    1. mastercyberjedi's Avatar
      mastercyberjedi -
      my guess because of the cheaper price at&t will make sure you activate before you leave.
    1. Argo_Rei's Avatar
      Argo_Rei -
      damn....lost a customer looks like im keeping my 1st gen

      imagine the queue on release day though if everyone has to go through a 5 minute sit down activation process in-store? They might send you home to activate just to keep the queues down
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Lol its going to more than 5 mins I can tell you, they have to do a credit check on you and everything im guessing ten mins. IM CAMPIN OUT!....again(I hate lines)
    1. OrBiTaL.Zer0's Avatar
      OrBiTaL.Zer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rusty778 View Post
      Well I dont see how your going to buy an 3G iPhone since you now have to activate in store and not in iTunes
      iTunes activation is not a problem
      Praise to Zibri lord

      If there is no activation in the store, I just have to buy it ? The 2-year contract comes with the activation ?
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      You dont get it, if you dont sign the contract you cant have the phone. Its not like before and theirs no grantee that old methods like ziPhone works anymore
    1. aqd84's Avatar
      aqd84 -
      this is so stupid..... i think im gonna stay with my iphone..

      like what if we arent with at&t..they are gonna lose a lot of money doin this....

      feel sorry for anyone who sold there phone..

      but im sure there is a way around it in the future.... stupid iphone at&t policy...

      why cant it just be like all other phones...
    1. OrBiTaL.Zer0's Avatar
      OrBiTaL.Zer0 -
      The firmware is the same 2.0 that will ship to 1st gen. And it's already cracked. The only problem now is the new iTunes. The AppleMobileDeviceService is new and need to be reverse engineered.

      There is a way to purchase it as pre-paid ?
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      You also don't seem to understand that in America there's this thing called exclusive rights which prevents phones from being sold unlocked. AT&T has the iPhone's exclusive right for the next four years. You can keep telling yourself whatever you want to make you sleep at night, but you will not be able to buy the new phone with the contract.

      EDIT: No one is forcing to buy this phone, you can buy one of the dozens of other smartphones out there. However, if you want THIS phone, you'll have to be with AT&T.
      AT&T has service rights meaning if you activate it (properly) it will have to be on their network for 2 years. To purchase the hardware has nothing to do with that. Other phones use rebates and subsidies to entice customers to purchase contracts but there is always a method to purchase a even locked phone without a contract at premium. There is no mention of a premium price which leads me to believe that $199/$299 is the premium.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Because "revolutions" come at a price. You want the tech you have to give up some freedom(or rebel and hack everything in sight)
    1. mastercyberjedi's Avatar
      mastercyberjedi -
      best way is to buy the new Iphone for 199.99/399.99 and then a day later terminate your contract and pay 175.00. Sure the phone now costs 374.99/574.99 but what else can you do.