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A number of people received their iPhone 4 shipment early on Tuesday -- two days before the handset's official launch -- and managed to successfully activate the device [Updated].

One California attorney wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he received his iPhone. Gil Cabrera said he received a message that read "Your iPhone activation session has expired" upon attempting to activate the handset through iTunes.

Cabrera posted photos of the device, proving he had it in hand. But the smartphone could not be taken past a screen requiring it be tethered to a computer via USB and connected to iTunes.

"Don't be so jealous," he wrote in reply to another Twitter use. "Can't activate the damn thing!"

Update: Apple support helped the user to activate his iPhone 4. Some others have also had successful activations.

"Apple Rep just got me activated," he wrote. "Had to restart my computer (felt like I had a windows machine for a minute) and presto!"

The pictures show the same box photographed earlier Tuesday at a Walmart storehouse. The early delivery would also seem to confirm that Apple has not placed a hold on shipping as it has done in the past, suggesting that the e-mails sent out by Apple Tuesday including a June 23 arrival date were accurate, and many will receive their iPhone a day before the June 24 launch.





post #2 of 42
His picture of the box is not nearly as cool as the Wal-Mart one, which looks 3D.
post #3 of 42
Those lucky b*stards! :P
post #4 of 42
hmm, I'm not too keep on the box design; I preferred the front-facing image on the last three boxes
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That is some high-clarity glass! Shines like a diamond!
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Serial number 1000000?

I pre-ordered one for myself (32GB) and one for my wife (16GB) on the same day last week. Hers is scheduled for delivery tomorrow, while mine hasn't shipped yet. So there will be some jealousy around here for a while. Actually, I was looking forward to activating both and then trying out FaceTime...
post #7 of 42
I'm real excited for this. My wife came home early and passed the fedex driver pulling down the road. I got a door tag for the shipment. Says I can pick it up after 6pm tonight. The clock is ticking so slowly now

Ordered on ATT at 7am on the 15th, never got a confirmation because I was getting gateway errors. Called and they confirmed that the order was placed and valid. ATT site updated to show it as shipped on the 17th but the tracking number says invalid as if they didn't actually hand it off to fedex yet.

Tracked the door tag and it brought up the correct tracking number that was totally different then what att had posted. Shows it left from TX on the 17th for delivery today on the 22nd.
post #8 of 42
Apparently a number (subjective; unknown) of others have also received iPhone 4s, and in other cases I've read, have been able to activate.
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post #9 of 42
Hopefully the cops won't come barging in to confiscate all of his electronic devices and hard drives.
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His picture of the box is not nearly as cool as the Wal-Mart one, which looks 3D.

That box image looks so faded like it was printed on construction paper.
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post #11 of 42
I hope he doesn't get his FedEx guy in trouble for reporting to Apple that he'd received his early. \
post #12 of 42
Try transferring the sim card over? Maybe that'll work...

That's typically what I've seen done with phone upgrades anyway.
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Originally Posted by zorinlynx View Post

Try transferring the sim card over? Maybe that'll work...

That's typically what I've seen done with phone upgrades anyway.

The new iPhone uses a micro sim.
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post #14 of 42
Some users have already been able to activate.
post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

That box image looks so faded like it was printed on construction paper.

I hope the phone's camera takes better pictures. \
post #16 of 42
Uh oh, an attorney received an iPhone 4 early and cannot activate. I can just see the ambulance chaser trying to figure out a way to launch a lawsuit after Apple. Ahh heck, make it class action.
post #17 of 42
I too just received my new iPhone in Portland, OR about an hour ago.
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Originally Posted by nickcjr View Post

Hopefully the cops won't come barging in to confiscate all of his electronic devices and hard drives.

Lol

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Originally Posted by jrandersoniii View Post

Uh oh, an attorney received an iPhone 4 early and cannot activate. I can just see the ambulance chaser trying to figure out a way to launch a lawsuit after Apple. Ahh heck, make it class action.

This is worth at least 3.7M in emotional trauma.
post #19 of 42
I was hoping they would redesign those.
post #20 of 42
Hmm, why is this box white and Mac Rumors box brown
post #21 of 42
same old earbuds and charger. Nothing new but the phone itself.
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Originally Posted by "EjK View Post

I was hoping they would redesign those.


Same old earbuds and charger. Nothing new but the phone itself.
post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by 1brsfan View Post

I too just received my new iPhone in Portland, OR about an hour ago.

What color was the box?
post #24 of 42
Now all he has to do is disassemble it and break it and it'll be just like two months ago!
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Hmm, why is this box white and Mac Rumors box brown

The brown box is the shipping package. The white box is inside the brown box.
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What color was the box?

packaging box is brown but the iphone box is white.
post #27 of 42
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Originally Posted by zorinlynx View Post

Try transferring the sim card over? Maybe that'll work...

That's typically what I've seen done with phone upgrades anyway.


Therein lies my question... the iPhone4 has a Micro SIM... how do we transfer our number over from our regular SIM to the new iPhone4?

Probably a total NOOB question, but I mean, I'm still on my SIM from the original iPhone... my understanding is that the SIM holds your account/number info. Will be interesting to see how they port it over.
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post #28 of 42
Here is why it won't activate. This person must first download and install the new iTunes update. Otherwise, the new iPhone cannot sync with itunes right to activate. If he/she will do that and then attach the iPhone it will properly activate.
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Here is why it won't activate. This person must first download and install the new iTunes update. Otherwise, the new iPhone cannot sync with itunes right to activate. If he/she will do that and then attach the iPhone it will properly activate.

That's correct. Mine would not even recognize the new iPhone when plugged in until I updated iTunes.
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Therein lies my question... the iPhone4 has a Micro SIM... how do we transfer our number over from our regular SIM to the new iPhone4?

Probably a total NOOB question, but I mean, I'm still on my SIM from the original iPhone... my understanding is that the SIM holds your account/number info. Will be interesting to see how they port it over.

They don't port anything. They just get the info from you and they will zap the micro-sim with your information, leaving your old one dead.
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They don't port anything. They just get the info from you and they will zap the micro-sim with your information, leaving your old one dead.

Gotchya! Thanks for the info.
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post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by Bancho View Post

The new iPhone uses a micro sim.

Not a problem. MicroSIM has a smaller amount of plastic than the MiniSIM found in the other iPhones. It's the same thickness and the contact area is the same, all you have to do it cut with a pair of scissors. But if that doesn't work good look getting it back in your old phone.


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I hope the phone's camera takes better pictures. \

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Not a problem. MicroSIM has a smaller amount of plastic than the MiniSIM found in the other iPhones. It's the same thickness and the contact area is the same, all you have to do it cut with a pair of scissors. But if that doesn't work good look getting it back in your old phone.




That's certainly an option but like you said, it may not end well.
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post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by nickcjr View Post

Hopefully the cops won't come barging in to confiscate all of his electronic devices and hard drives.

Lol...FTW!
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Originally Posted by 1brsfan View Post

packaging box is brown but the iphone box is white.

Can I get a packaging box in white?
post #36 of 42
Activation most certainly is available to people with iTunes up to date.
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Can I get a packaging box in white?

You can get your packaging box in any color you want, as long as it is brown.
post #38 of 42
It seems to make sense NOT to put a hold on Fedex for delivery on release day. It may help to not overwhelm the activation servers with the inevitable onslaught.
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Anyone know what the http user agent string is?

http://whatsmyuseragent.com/

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Hopefully the cops won't come barging in to confiscate all of his electronic devices and hard drives.

He didn't confess on the Internet to paying a felony amount of money for an item which under Cali law was 'stolen' property. So no visit from the cops.

And the 'joke' isn't funny.

As for the early deliveries, if Apple really didn't want them getting out ahead they wouldn't. So either these were all ATT orders and they dropped the ball or Apple isn't that totally worried. In a way it makes sense, 600k units trying to activate on the same day would probably crash ATT's computers, not a good PR move after the pre-order issues. Having a few hundred hit the system early takes a bit of stress off the system. So a win.
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