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iPhone to be activated through iTunes

Apple and AT&T have announced that iPhone users will be able to activate their handsets using iTunes, instead of traditional in-store activation. iTunes will guide users through steps to choose a service plan, authorize their credit and activate their iPhone. Once activation is complete, users can then use iTunes to sync their contact information, calendars, email accounts, web browser bookmarks, music, photos, podcasts, TV shows and movies to the iPhone just like an iPod. “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 Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “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.” Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO, AT&T, added, “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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Near the end of the activation/syncing video demo on the Apple site, iTunes shows the demo iPhone as having an 80GB hardrive?!

Posted by Jules on June 26, 2007 at 9:54 AM (CDT)


eh… just for show… but i wonder what is stopping someone from never activating iphone and using it as a pda? am i the only one who would do that?

Posted by dee on June 26, 2007 at 9:58 AM (CDT)


So without activation the iPhone can be put on ebay right? Wow. And there will be people dumb enough to buy it for more than retail price too.

Posted by PJ on June 26, 2007 at 10:00 AM (CDT)


does that mean the iPhone will NOT need a SIM card? because AT+T users need one. Hmm….

Posted by Jason on June 26, 2007 at 10:09 AM (CDT)


So there’s a big chunk of iTunes that non-iPhone users will see at fat on the software?  Lean software is usually quicker and more solid.

Posted by Peter on June 26, 2007 at 10:15 AM (CDT)


dee: You won’t be able to sync aything to your iPhone until you activate it, unfortunately.

Posted by jules on June 26, 2007 at 10:19 AM (CDT)


Sure you can sell the iPhone on ebay—-you just have to pay the monthly charges for 2 years.

Posted by Tony on June 26, 2007 at 10:59 AM (CDT)


Well, not really…  I think the earlier commenter was proposing the idea that somebody could buy one, not activate it, and then sell it on eBay.

Of course, since anybody who lives near an Apple or AT&T Store could just go and pick one up in much the same way, it’s unlikely to be a big problem.

Of more concern is all of the knock-offs that have already been appearing on eBay.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 26, 2007 at 12:12 PM (CDT)


Will AT&T/Apple let you buy an iPhone without a 2-year contract, even if you do not activate it? Doesn’t make sense. Otherwise EVERBODY can get an iPhone.

Posted by Jim C on June 26, 2007 at 12:27 PM (CDT)


No, you can likely buy one without activating it, particularly from an Apple Store, since it’s likely Apple doesn’t want to be bothered dealing with the paperwork and other processes in their retail stores.

However, the device will basically be a brick until you actually go through the activation process in iTunes.  In the very least, you won’t be able to sync anything to it, and at worst it won’t initialize or startup at all.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 26, 2007 at 12:34 PM (CDT)


The eBay question depends on how much product actually arrives, when it sells out and how long it takes to replenish.  If initial stock is sold out and APPLE&T is slow to replenish, eBay market will be hot.  (Think Wii & PS3 at Xmas.)

This announcement just indicates it will be easier to do on eBay since you don’t have to worry about activation.

Posted by jpa2825 on June 26, 2007 at 12:41 PM (CDT)


The online activation is nice.  It will help speed up the lines at the stores in the first days and also obviate the need for Apple stores to have activation facilities.  I still think they could have done it without an iTunes Store account.  It’s just an attempt to lure customers into their other services.

Posted by Ian on June 26, 2007 at 5:26 PM (CDT)

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