No More iTunes Activation For iPhone, Says AT&T
The new 3G iPhone will come packed also with new retail rules: the devices won't be available for online purchase and the iTunes activation has been scrapped.
June 10, 2008
With the 3G iPhone attracting a significant number of people willing to get the device, it's safe to say that a visit at an AT&T location might turn into a very annoying experience, starting July 11.
Then again, AT&T is subsidizing the new iPhone, so the move is aimed actually at making sure that all the devices are activated and their owners won't move to another network that offers better plans.
There's a bit of good news for those not living in the US: the new purchase conditions are AT&T exclusive for the time being and there's a chance that other phone companies won't resort to similar measures in other countries.