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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. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by btung View Post
      i've been browsing and if you cant use the iPhone on t-mobile then why does Apple include an SIM ejector tool in the box?
      Because *gasp* you may need to change your phone eventually? And don't all GSM phones have a SIM card?
    1. bklynjava's Avatar
      bklynjava -
      Quote Originally Posted by btung View Post
      i've been browsing and if you cant use the iPhone on t-mobile then why does Apple include an SIM ejector tool in the box?

      LMFAO - I love your common sense. hah
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      And there are laws to protect consumers which means you have the right to purchase any product as is from when it leaves manufacturing. That means in box shrink-wrapped. They cannot unbox for you without your permission. That goes for any manufactured goods in the U.S.
      They dont have to unbox it, go look at your old iPhone box. it has ALL the phones info on it, serial number, IMEI, ICCID etc etc. (its on the bottom and is a sticker) they can activate it without opening it

      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      Ok on the 11th when I buy mine from the Apple store without a contract I will be sure to post.

      Till then all of you can go back and forth with speculation, but common sense dictates otherwise...
      How? apple is installing at&t kiosks in all apple stores for phone activation. You dont really have a choice
    1. mastercyberjedi's Avatar
      mastercyberjedi -
      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      Ok on the 11th when I buy mine from the Apple store without a contract I will be sure to post.

      Till then all of you can go back and forth with speculation, but common sense dictates otherwise...
      Then why is the price discounted? If you can take it home and unlock it AT&T will lose big money. They will make sure you activate it with them. But your right will find out in a month or so intill then lets speculate. common sense dictates to me AT&T what there money, money ya ya there money, money ya ya. So will see in a month.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      Ok on the 11th when I buy mine from the Apple store without a contract I will be sure to post.

      Till then all of you can go back and forth with speculation, but common sense dictates otherwise...
      Good luck with that!

      Face Reality!
    1. OrBiTaL.Zer0's Avatar
      OrBiTaL.Zer0 -
      Well... I can say that I'm buying to activate in Brazil when it's available here.
      In fact thats true.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Good luck with that!

      Face Reality!
      Hey now, let's be reasonable here.

      He could be from bizarro world.
    1. bklynjava's Avatar
      bklynjava -
      Quote Originally Posted by mastercyberjedi View Post
      Then why is the price discounted? If you can take it home and unlock it AT&T will lose big money. They will make sure you activate it with them. But your right will find out in a month or so intill then lets speculate. common sense dictated to be AT&T what there money, money oh ya there money, money oh ya. So will see in a month.
      The Price is discounted to sell more units Point blank.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Yes, where apple store employes are total morons and think that they dont have to make you sign a contract
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
    1. bklynjava's Avatar
      bklynjava -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Hey now, let's be reasonable here.

      He could be from bizarro world.
      I am from Bizarro world, and we get some pretty bizarre info here.
    1. chrissurra's Avatar
      chrissurra -
      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      The Price is discounted to sell more units Point blank.
      Do you know how much R&D and manufacturing costs? They are not taking a loss per phone.

      ATT paid out the *** for the exclusivity of the iphone, they paid for the units upfront and they are subsidizing it to the customer.

      Period.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      I am from Bizarro world, and we get some pretty bizarre info here.
      I knew it
    1. Argo_Rei's Avatar
      Argo_Rei -
      most of this is speculation at this point. arguing over it is a bit daft until we know more
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Hey now, let's be reasonable here.

      He could be from bizarro world.
      Can you imagine him standing in line all day and then getting to the front of the AT&T kiosk at the Apple Store and they tell him "Sir, what part of the asterisk next to the price did you not understand?"
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Can you imagine him standing in line all day and then getting to the front of the AT&T kiosk at the Apple Store and they tell him "Sir, what part of the asterisk next to the price did you not understand?"
      That'd be The best!
    1. jasonm253's Avatar
      jasonm253 -
      Fuc Apple and Fuc steve jobs if this is all true! Can't knock the hustle but he will be loosing money!

      Like i said can't knock the hustle but Steve jobs will be losing lots and lots of money. Im sure after the first qtr of how crappy sells are due to the bullsh** he is doing he will sell them to anyone and not a contract.

      Wasn't it like over 2 million iphones were unaccounted for due to either ppl just jailbreaking them and getting them unlocked?

      I won't beleive it till july 11 and i sign on apple.com and it won't let me buy it without a contract!
    1. mastercyberjedi's Avatar
      mastercyberjedi -
      Lol
    1. bklynjava's Avatar
      bklynjava -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrissurra View Post
      Do you know how much R&D and manufacturing costs? They are not taking a loss per phone.

      ATT paid out the *** for the exclusivity of the iphone, they paid for the units upfront and they are subsidizing it to the customer.

      Period.
      They (AT&T) paid for how many units thats the question?

      If they bought 4 million units for nationwide locations then that leaves millions of 3g iphones that are not owned by att to be sold by Apple.

      Do you think apple has no rights to sell their own products?

      c'mon use your head.
    1. rusty778's Avatar
      rusty778 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jasonm253 View Post
      Fuc Apple and Fuc steve jobs if this is all true! Can't knock the hustle but he will be loosing money!

      Like i said can't knock the hustle but Steve jobs will be losing lots and lots of money. Im sure after the first qtr of how crappy sells are due to the bullsh** he is doing he will sell them to anyone and not a contract.

      Wasn't it like over 2 million iphones were unaccounted for due to either ppl just jailbreaking them and getting them unlocked?

      I won't beleive it till july 11 and i sign on apple.com and it won't let me buy it without a contract!
      how will he be loosing money if they sell more?