updated 11:40 pm EDT, Mon July 16, 2007
iPhone prepaid how-to
Brian Mitchell of Ecoustics has posted instructions for bypassing AT&T's 2-year activation agreement for the iPhone and instead use pre-paid service. Essentially, in order to get to the pre-paid activation screens in the iTunes setup you have to fail the credit check. This can be accomplished by entering 999-99-9999 as your social security number. However, you do have to enter your real address and credit card number and click a button that says it is agreeing to the two-year activation terms from AT&T and select a higher rate plan before the credit check window appears. The author pf the instructions states "It's shameful the pre-paid activation process is not easier to locate. Apple probably could have easily made the pre-paid option more visible in the setup screens, but I suspect AT&T Wireless prevented it or changed their mind too late. Nonetheless a simple statement by either company about the pre-paid alternative would be nice."