According to Apple’s website, there are a few things you are going to need to bring with you when you go to purchase your new iPhone 3G. The list is slightly disturbing at best. I remember the good old days when Doug handed the the guy $300 cash and walked out with a 4GB iPhone. Not anymore! Be sure to read the list carefully and make sure you have everything you need. Nothing would be more heartbreaking then getting up to the counter with your iPhone 3G in hand only to realize you need a credit card in order to purchase it! The list applies to purchasing an iPhone at both an AT&T or Apple store.
To purchase and activate iPhone 3G, you need the following:
• Credit card
• Social security number
• Valid government-issued photo ID
• Current wireless account number and password or PIN (if you’re new to AT&T)
*Transferring your mobile number will terminate your service with your existing provider; termination fees and other charges will apply. New two-year contract required. Qualified customers only; credit check required; must be 18 or older. Visit www.wireless.att.com to check AT&T network coverage in your area. Current and new iPhone users who now or will receive service under a corporate account and wish to upgrade to or purchase iPhone 3G need to contact AT&T directly. iPhone 3G is configured to work only with the wireless services provided by AT&T.
The purchasing and activating process is projected to take around 10-15 minutes (not including line time :) ). You will leave the store with an activate iPhone…no ifs, ands or buts about it. Also, the rule seems to be one iPhone per customer. And, according to AT&T, if you have a Family Plan, “the person in line who is buying the device must be the person who is paying for the device. If the person in line is buying for a FamilyTalk plan, the people who will get the device must be in line.” It seems they are really cracking down this time around!
If you already own an iPhone, remember to sync it with iTunes one last time before you get your new iPhone 3G.