What You Will Need To Purchase An iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G 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.

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  1. what about the online stores ??
    could u plz mention some !!

    • There are none. This is to prevent unlocking…

    • @ doug… they should just make you enter your imei number if you currently have an iphone or you social security number or something. it can be easily done… i cant even remember the last time a bought a phone in a store, im gonna be so stressed out about this :(

  2. I read that AT&T is selling iPhones without plans at USD599 for 8GB and USD699 for 16GB. Will these be unlocked for use with other carriers?

    I am a user of a jailbroken+unlocked 1st gen 8GB iPhone from Singapore and I so wanna buy one NOW!

  3. Ppl here in local forum already state the price for the 3G iPhone, and my country is surely outside the 70 country stated by Apple. Est time to arrive of the 1st batch this July 12-15

  4. I need help on upgrading my Dad’s iPhone to iPhone 3G. My dad has an iPhone and is eligible for an upgrade, but he will not be able to get one himself due to work. He authorized me on his AT&T account and was asked to upgrade it myself. Do I just bring his credit card, last 4 SSN, and his ID or will I need to bring mine too? Also, is it required to bring the iPhone to get the iPhone 3G or can I go in an AT&T store with out?

  5. Well I guess there isn’t going to be much gift buying with this new iPhone. What if you just want to buy it for a surprise gift for someone, how are you going to surprise them? “Hey babe, let’s go to the Apple store.” -“For what?” “Let’s just go!” “Okay babe, now open your gift! okay, now give the nice man your AT&T number so he can activate it.”

    • I went into the local apple store and I asked that same question since my son is in collage and wanted me to get him one…

      The answer was whoever is the account holder for that specific # needs to be on site to get the “1” phone for that #.


      They did not care that he is away due to collage, (many miles away) they did not care about any gift giving, they did not have any room for acceptations.

      I do not want to misrepresent the attitude of the nice Apple rep…
      He did close by saying: “SORRY, but that is the way it is, have a nice day”.


      I hear Blackberry is coming out with a fully touchscreen device by the end of the year.

    • I really think that will be a huge issue. I understand that they are trying to crack down on unlocking the iPhone but what about Christmas? and situations like n0m0n described? I don’t think this will last for a while. I’m pretty sure that if we give a big enough roar maybe they can deal away with it. What about ebay people? How are they going to make a “decent” living selling those iPhones? I have a girlfriend and I want to really surprise her with the new iPhone but not a corny way. I like the old fashion way, nothing tells her that you love her like a nice dinner and a new iPhone (all gift wrapped, and not standing in a line waiting to check out)

    • seriously i know a lot of people who got iphones as gifts. now thats going to be near impossible. i think this is going to hurt sales especially around the holidays.

  6. Everyone better look at the eligiblity for upgrade as of today or aleast before you go the cingular store. I look at my eligiblity on 1 July and it said that I was eligible for an upgrade. Well, looked today and it siad that I am not. Called customer service. The service rep said that 1 July I was eligible and as of today I was not. Could not give a reason why or anything. Kinda fishy to me. So, cingular and apple can keep the 3G phone.

  7. The fact that they are asking for a Social Security Number is illegal, not to mention a load of crap. The Social Security Program is totally voluntary; not everyone has a S.S. number. Also, Federal Law dictates that only the Social Security office can and ask for this number and or use it as a database tracking number, which is what they seem to be using it for. The Social Security Admin., also states that a person’s S.S. number is not a valid form of identification and should not be used as one. I don’t know…this subject really pushes my buttons.

  8. So from the look of all these requirements I’m guess the “GoPhone” prepaid plans are out of the question . Right?

  9. theyve killed the iphone really, without installer who would honestly buy it?

    and the appstore?
    does that really compare to the thousands of FREE apps in installer

    i only bought my iphone because of installer
    and now if i want the same thing without installer, 3g and 2nd rate gps i have to go completely out of my way for it.

    ill pass
    the new iphone doesnt even look as good as the old one anyway