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Apple offers iPhone activations via iTunes

updated 09:25 am EDT, Tue June 26, 2007

iPhone activated on iTunes

Apple and AT&T today announced that iPhone users will be able to activate their new iPhones using Apple's iTunes software running on a PC or Mac computer -- without having to wait in a store while their phone is activated. The company said that the iPhone takes only minutes "as iTunes guides the user through simple steps to choose their service plan, authorize their credit and activate their iPhone. Once iPhone is activated, users can then easily sync all of their phone numbers and other contact information, calendars, email accounts, web browser bookmarks, music, photos, podcasts, TV shows and movies just like they do when they sync their iPods with iTunes."

"Users will be able to activate their new iPhone in the comfort and privacy of their own home or office, without having to wait in a store while their phone is activated," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "There are tens of millions of people in the US who already know how to sync their iPods with iTunes, and syncing their new iPhone with iTunes works the same way."

iPhone, Apple said, offers a "revolutionary multi-touch display and pioneering new software that allows users to control iPhone with just a tap, flick or pinch of their fingers." It combines three products into one small and lightweight handheld device--a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and the internet in your pocket "with best-ever applications on a mobile phone for email, web browsing and maps."

"iPhone's user-driven activation is another example of how AT&T and Apple have partnered to bring innovative new features to our customers," said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO, AT&T. "iPhone's innovative activation and sync is just one example of how this is going to be a real industry game-changer."




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  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    At $60-$100/month they...

    ...should be sending a limo to yer door...

    How about a plan 'for the rest of us'...

  1. TiG4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPhone activation video

    Just watched the activation video posted on apple.com. Noticed that the iPhone's capacity was about 80GB instead of the 4 or 8GB models advertised. (right after the "sync is complete" scene).

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    my phone #?

    What about the phone # portability issue? Could activating through iTunes possibly allow you to pick up your phone number from your old line? That would be pretty friggin amazing, but unlikely. If people are going to be dropping their current providers left and right, as predicted, it seems like this is going to be very important.

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ok then

    Nevermind. Just watched the video. You CAN port your number! Oh, Apple why did I doubt?

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: phone#?

    My concern exactly. I have Verizon w/ no contract and i MUST have my # transferred. Is the devil in this detail??

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: 80GB

    Something's definitely messed up there. It still says 8GB at the top of that same screen and 8GB everywhere else throughout the video.

  1. Terrin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not Quite

    Apple isn't offering iPhone activation via iTunes, it is requiring it.

  1. a4agarwal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    free phone from amazon?

    If you are not an ATT customer, do you think this would work:

    1. buy W810 from amazon.com, switch to ATT. sign 2 year contract 2. Get 175 rebate from amazon 3. buy iphone and activate it (still a 2 year contract?) 4. sell w810 for $200

    so basically you save $375 on the iphone. You effectively get the new contract rebate from ATT, but through a different phone before buying the iphone.

    Thoughts? I haven't found any info/limitations on people buying an iphone who are on brand new, 2 year ATT contracts

  1. jameshays

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Family Plan

    I currently have a family plan with AT&T with 2100 minutes. Moving to this won't affect my price much at all.

  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re bobolicious

    What are talking about? That's $60/month with unlimited data. Do some shopping and you'll see that's right in line (or better) than what you get elsewhere. Compare it to a Blackberry plan.

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