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  • In Home Activation Returns


    You no longer have to purchase the iPhone in person at an Apple or AT&T store to get up and running and activated. The at home activation process which the original iteration of the iPhone relied on has (finally) returned.

    JG Mason of Gadgetell noticed a new ad on the AT&T website to buy the iPhone 3g. Confused, Mason decided to contact the AT&T sales specialist:

    jon: Hello, if I purchase the iPhone online now, will I have to take it to an ATT store for activation?
    Kayla M.: Great question! I would be happy to help you with that today!
    Kayla M.: No, you will be able to activate the phone yourself by placing the battery into the phone.
    jon: that is a change correct? previously it wasn’t available online.
    Kayla M.: Yes, that is correct. It just became available online today.
    jon: wow, great. thanks. that is all i needed to know
    Kayla M.: You’re welcome. Thank you for choosing AT&T. Have a great day!
    jon: you too.
    Uh insert battery? The iPhone has no removable battery. What is going on here? Apparently the AT&T rep had no idea what she was talking about here but one thing appears to be certain -- in home activation is now available. Mason followed up with AT&T and has received confirmation that in home activation really does exist and is available through AT&T. At the time of this writing Apple does not appear to be selling iPhones online for in home activation yet. Just AT&T.

    While in home activation is great and all it does not bypass the fact that the iPhone from AT&T is still subsidized and requires a two year contract to purchase.

    edit:

    A further update says no in home activation. Just shipped to your house already activated after you have already signed your life away for a two year contract.

    The device ships activated, but a customer must accept terms and conditions over the phone with customer care or online at att.com (which is the same process for other phones purchased online), after which he or she will simply sync the device with iTunes to use it.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: In Home Activation Returns started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. Onemajorflaw's Avatar
      Onemajorflaw -
      Well it's a step in the right direction =/
    1. bdwayneh's Avatar
      bdwayneh -
      I wonder how long before apple starts selling them online to?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      so how does pricing work now?
    1. kmmxracer's Avatar
      kmmxracer -
      So I wonder if you can walk out of the Apple store with out signing a contract. Doubt it but that would be sweet.
    1. jackNjill's Avatar
      jackNjill -
      Huh???
      In home activation, meaning you can buy it for $200, then activate it at home. What if I don't activate it with att, then I don't really pay any monthly service?
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by jackNjill View Post
      Huh???
      In home activation, meaning you can buy it for $200, then activate it at home. What if I don't activate it with att, then I don't really pay any monthly service?
      then you would have a locked to att iphone i'd guess and you would have to pay att $200 for canceling your contract which you signed so they would ship you the phone
    1. jackNjill's Avatar
      jackNjill -
      OK, $400 total. I can handle that. I could even get ATT service, just not the iPhone plan.
    1. wil32's Avatar
      wil32 -
      I'm from Quebec, Canada. I just called Rogers and they told me you can order it by simply making a phone call but you have to register for a contract before receiving it. Then you activate it at home. Nothing new so far here.
    1. joejoe123's Avatar
      joejoe123 -
      there is a cheap hardware unlock so unlock am not worried about the unlock but i did see something about brand new iphones on 2.2 firmware maybe not being about to be jailbroken, is this true or false?

      also if u bought the phone and never activated, cause you were going to jailreak with hardware unlock sim then why would u need to pay a termination fee.

      they gave u a phoen for 200 assuming u would activate but if u dont how can they take that back. Anyone have any comments.

      Thanks
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Woo!
    1. Atokadd's Avatar
      Atokadd -
      My Hopes got Raised so much.
      Ha.

      In time, I hope.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I heard that you HAVE to give your credit card details in store when you buy the iPhone and if you don't activate it in a certain time period, you will start getting charged.
    1. wil32's Avatar
      wil32 -
      Give yours infos, back home make the money transfer, cancel your credit card et voila.
    1. slimmons1998's Avatar
      slimmons1998 -
      Kayla M.: No, you will be able to activate the phone yourself by placing the battery into the phone.

      i didn't know we could do this?
    1. Tizocman's Avatar
      Tizocman -
      Quote Originally Posted by slimmons1998 View Post
      Kayla M.: No, you will be able to activate the phone yourself by placing the battery into the phone.

      i didn't know we could do this?
      We Cant its Miss M had no clue what shes talking about
    1. mastuul's Avatar
      mastuul -
      I read that the phone will become "unusable" if it is not activated within 30 days of purchase. This allows for you to theoretically buy an iPhone as a "gift" and then never activate it. However, I do wonder what "unusable" means. If it's sim-locked, then as soon as the Dev Team gets the unlock done we'll be able to get it without the contract. Keepin' my fingers crossed!
    1. e8655's Avatar
      e8655 -
      It really doesn't change anything aside from not having to walk to the ATT or Apple store. You can't order it until you sign a 2 year contract, so whether you activate it or not, you're still gonna be paying for the first month. All that the activation does is make the iPhone usable with the AT&T sim card. So don't get your hopes up too high, the cheapest you can get the iPhone is still around $500 (199+36 activation+ 75 first month + 175 ETF).
    1. D to the M's Avatar
      D to the M -
      I am sure that the ATT rep meant to say SIM card and not battery. But then again .... maybe not.
    1. r1994augusto's Avatar
      r1994augusto -
      big step now the dev team should finish in the unlockin
    1. Gators_love_iPhones's Avatar
      Gators_love_iPhones -
      I would guess this has something to do with the fact they don"t want Wal-Mart employees trying to activate your phone..