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AT&T announces 8AM launch, iReady checklists

updated 10:50 am EDT, Tue July 1, 2008

AT&T: 8AM launch time

In combination with its subscription options, AT&T has announced several other pieces of information relating to the iPhone 3G. Among these is a confirmation that the company will launch early on July 11th, opening doors to customers at 8AM local time. This contrasts with last year's iPhone debut, which saw doors open at 6PM; it has been rumored that the new time was picked due to AT&T's forced in-store activation process, which may take several minutes per phone and could cause delays given heavy volumes of launch traffic.

To ease the process AT&T has posted its iReady checklists, in PDF form and in the guise of YouTube videos which describe issues for new customers, current ones, or those handing 2.5G phones down to friends or family.

Notable pieces of information in the lists are that only one phone can be bought by a person in line, and that while a credit check is required, people can visit an AT&T store in advance of July 11th to pre-qualify. People transferring from an earlier phone number must also bring all their account info, including SSN or Tax ID info and any relevant PINs and passwords.

Business customers must contact an AT&T representative and sign up for the Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone, which costs $45 on top of a separate voice plan.




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  1. drole.homme

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    WOW

    I love how the iPhone was suppose to revolutionize how we bought and did business with the cell phone. Home activations, using iTunes as a one-stop info center, simplified everything and now we have a jumbo clusterf*ck. Instore activations, again, and just normal cellphone whatnot. I'm going to keep my Jesus phone for ever. 1 data plan, 1 voice plan. Piece o' cake.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    One phone

    So if I cannot buy two iPhones to upgrade handsets from my existing Family Plan. How stupid.

  1. Da Cajun

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Plea to Steve J

    I'm still waiting for IPhone on Verizon. AT&T coverage sucks here...and sucks pretty much everywhere else, so I hear from friends. Please, Steve, open 'er up.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Plea....

    ATT is not going to give up their exclusive 5 year deal so you're wasting your time pleading. And I don't think Steve reads Macnn article comments.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Plea....

    ATT is not going to give up their exclusive 5 year deal so you're wasting your time pleading. And I don't think Steve reads Macnn article comments. And ATT coverage is fine in Central Ohio and the Chicago area. No complaints here.

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