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Apple UK stores unable to sell iPhones on July 11th?

updated 09:10 am EDT, Fri June 20, 2008

UK stores & iPhone 3G

Apple's own retail stores in the UK may not be able to sell the iPhone 3G on July 11th, an industry publication reports. The issue stems from Apple's new activation policy, which forces customers to subscribe to a given carrier in-store, rather than at home through iTunes. Apple UK outlets are said to lack the means of running credit checks, and its staff are still untrained in getting customers onto a phone contract, in this case one from O2.

"We are currently working closely with Apple to enable them to issue contracts in store," says an O2 spokeswoman. "Full details are still to be confirmed."

O2 adds that pre-paid iPhones are expected to sell in Apple Stores, in addition to Carphone Warehouse and its own retail locations. Phones should also be sold at branded concession stands within otherwise authorized retailers, such as Superdrug. Mobile Today writes that pre-paid pricing is expected to start around 350.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is what happens when you end up making phones subsidized. Why in the world do you have to run a credit check just to offer a phone service? Bad enough all the places you hand over your credit information. But handing out your SSN so you can make a phone call. Something just ain't right.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Credit check is standard

    Credit checks are a standard part of buying a contract phone in the UK. Essentially the mobile operator is giving you credit and so they need to know that you can pay that credit back. Mobile bills are paid for in arrears, any business that doesn't perform a credit check for this kind of contract is asking for trouble. Credit checks won't be required for the pay as you go handsets.

  1. macgeek83

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is how it should be

    Apple and ATT or other carrier, initially sells the iPhone 3G at an unsubsidized price, with no contract renewal. Now let's say I want that discount on the iPhone, I go in and have my credit checked, pick my new monthly plan/subsidy, and walla you would receive a credit on you account or a check in the mail.
    None of this can I upgrade or I don't want to sign my soul away to the evil cell phone company.

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