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A video posted Apple's website Tuesday explains that non-AT&T customers will be able to transfer their existing mobile phone numbers to the carrier as part of iPhone's home activation process through iTunes.

"Usually it can be done in less than 20 minutes, but it can take several hours depending on your carrier," Apple said.

To make the switch, customers will need to enter into the latest version of iTunes their existing mobile phone number, their existing mobile account number, billing zip code, and password (if applicable).

When iPhone is connected to a computer for the first time, iTunes will launch automatically and begin the step-by-step activation process that can be completed at the customer's own pace from the privacy of their own home or office.

During the process, current AT&T customers can choose to replace their existing mobile phone with iPhone or add a new line to their existing account. New AT&T customers can activate their iPhone and get a new phone number, or transfer their previous number from their old phone. Customers new to AT&T can also choose to activate two or more iPhones on an individual or FamilyTalk plan.

All iPhone monthly service plans are available for individuals and families and are based on a new two-year service agreement with AT&T. Individual plans will be priced at $59.99 for 450 minutes, $79.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes. All plans include unlimited data (email and web), Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, roll over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile and a one-time activation fee of $36. Customers can also upgrade to $1500 SMS Text Messages per month for $10 extra, or unlimited SMS messages for $20.

Existing AT&T customers can keep their existing service plan and simply add an iPhone data plan for $20 extra per month.

Readers are encouraged to check out the step-by-step iPhone activation video tutorial posted on Apple's website.

Screenshots from the iPhone activation process through iTunes follow (in order):

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In this video seems that the iPhone is 80 Gb and not only 8...
Look here:

<http://www.flickr.com/photos/13602290@N00/631916646/>


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In this video seems that the iPhone is 80 Gb and not only 8...
Look here:

<http://www.flickr.com/photos/13602290@N00/631916646/>


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Roger

Actually, if you look at the all inclusive shot of iTunes at the top next to the iPhone graphic it says 7GB+, while at the bottom it displays 70GB+. Mere bug in iTunes is my guess as it didn't update from the previous time an iPod was connected.
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Yes, it's only in this frame because also in the previous frames the "down bar" is correct with 7+ Gb...

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Roger
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To me, this alone, is revolutionizing the mobile phone business. I now have an excellent (yes I know all the criticism about the actor but who really cares) video showing how the phone works. I have a video showing how to activate the phone and I can activate myself, without the snotty (yes they are usually snotty) underpaid cell salesperson.
post #6 of 38
...so let me get this right.


MUST you buy the data + telephone plan?!?!! What if you don't care for the data plan, and just want the telephone plan (for 39.99) - can you get just that?
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...so let me get this right.


MUST you buy the data + telephone plan?!?!! What if you don't care for the data plan, and just want the telephone plan (for 39.99) - can you get just that?

Nope. I believe the visual voice mail uses data...
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iPhone: $599. Bluetooth headset: $129. Shipping and signature gift box: Free.

Not having to deal with some pimply-faced twit in a cellphone store: Priceless.

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What about insurance??
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...so let me get this right.


MUST you buy the data + telephone plan?!?!! What if you don't care for the data plan, and just want the telephone plan (for 39.99) - can you get just that?

No!

Read the plan. There are three of them. No substitutes
http://www.apple.com/iphone/easysetup/rateplans.html
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It's my understanding that you can use your existing AT&T plan.
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It's my understanding that you can use your existing AT&T plan.

Yes... you can use your existing plan and simply ADD the iPhone Data feature to it the cost would be $20 per month.

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Actually, if you look at the all inclusive shot of iTunes at the top next to the iPhone graphic it says 7GB+, while at the bottom it displays 70GB+. Mere bug in iTunes is my guess as it didn't update from the previous time an iPod was connected.

I don't think it's a bug. This is APPLE we're dealing with. Like the TV show Lost, every visual element is scrutinized and is put in there purposefully.

I doubt Apple would let that slip.

My theory? Apple will issue a press release on Friday, before the launch, saying that they "screwed up" and that the real iPhone capacity is 40GB and 80GB, not 4GB and 8GB.

If that doesn't set the world on fire...
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Originally Posted by macinthe408 View Post

I don't think it's a bug. This is APPLE we're dealing with. Like the TV show Lost, every visual element is scrutinized and is put in there purposefully.

It is just a instruction video not a Holy Bible. The extra storage would be great, but I'd rather have Voice dialing, Flash support, 3g, and GPS

AND also video iChat.

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I don't think it's a bug. This is APPLE we're dealing with. Like the TV show Lost, every visual element is scrutinized and is put in there purposefully.

I doubt Apple would let that slip.

My theory? Apple will issue a press release on Friday, before the launch, saying that they "screwed up" and that the real iPhone capacity is 40GB and 80GB, not 4GB and 8GB.

If that doesn't set the world on fire...

Maybe not say anything, Apple has quietly updated hardware in the past without saying anything. Imagine the user who gets home and has a heart attack when the realize they have more storage capacity!

Also, it would bring those hesitant people to pony up and get a phone, after the initial rush.

Or Jobs gave him and his people GodPhones.

But yeah, it's a pretty big goof considering they zoomed up on it.
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My theory? Apple will issue a press release on Friday, before the launch, saying that they "screwed up" and that the real iPhone capacity is 40GB and 80GB, not 4GB and 8GB.

Yes. Apple will overtake MSFT's market cap (BUY! BUY! BUY! @ $120), and Steve Jobs will be the next president of the US (Al Gore will be his campaign manager). And, he'll win the Nobel prize.
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so there going to be selling it to customers over the counter and you can activated it at home ? and with these sweet plans, its going to get crazy out there i can already see, that will make it available to anyone that got the money and also make people subscribe, genius of apple
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Originally Posted by macinthe408 View Post

I don't think it's a bug. This is APPLE we're dealing with. Like the TV show Lost, every visual element is scrutinized and is put in there purposefully.

I doubt Apple would let that slip.

My theory? Apple will issue a press release on Friday, before the launch, saying that they "screwed up" and that the real iPhone capacity is 40GB and 80GB, not 4GB and 8GB.

If that doesn't set the world on fire...

Right, because it certainly couldn't be that someone wasn't paying attention and there was a bug in the software. And if they just say they 'screwed up', that's a costly screw up, because its going to add a lot to the cost of the phone, money apple would have to eat.

But shouldn't you people be concerned if it were true. If it is 80GB (and there's no way Apple just slips in another 72GB for free, ain't going to happen), then you're talking a hard disk, which is going to kill your responsiveness and battery life.
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It is just a instruction video not a Holy Bible. The extra storage would be great, but I'd rather have Voice dialing, Flash support, 3g, and GPS

AND also video iChat.

all of that will create a chous, imagine that the iphone had all that, who the heck will want a freaking blackberry or steves old palm one, he said it when he sold palm one back on the old days that palm one, only had 10 years of live, and that he would not have any other use for it
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Is it possible to transfer a landline number to a mobile phone?
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Is it possible to transfer a landline number to a mobile phone?


YUP..
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Originally Posted by CRHain88 View Post

Maybe not say anything, Apple has quietly updated hardware in the past without saying anything. Imagine the user who gets home and has a heart attack when the realize they have more storage capacity!

Also, it would bring those hesitant people to pony up and get a phone, after the initial rush.

Or Jobs gave him and his people GodPhones.

But yeah, it's a pretty big goof considering they zoomed up on it.

obviously an continuity error in the edit. The iPhone was dismounted (listen to VO) so what you are seeing is the HD capacity left over. It's confusing becuase you cant see the zoomed out picture which would show the local HD highlighted.
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This is getting as crazy as Temporary Insanity. I hate to tell all of you but what is documented about the iPhone is what you will get. Nothing more and nothing less. This is what sets up disappoint, people start making their own speculation based on flubs or whatever and then the device comes out and it is just as Apple documented and then people go crying "Apple is teh DOOMED!"
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obviously an continuity error in the edit. The iPhone was dismounted (listen to VO) so what you are seeing is the HD capacity left over. It's confusing becuase you cant see the zoomed out picture which would show the local HD highlighted.

HA, they fixed it! Was just watching again.
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But shouldn't you people be concerned if it were true. If it is 80GB ......

Who's ".....you people?"
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HA, they fixed it! Was just watching again.

Darn it, I was crossing my fingers that it wasn't an editing mistake. DAM DAM DAM!
post #28 of 38
$59.99 for the iPhone plan sound good to me I'm pay about $75.00 for a Blackberry Peral plan.
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Who's ".....you people?"

Everyone but him.
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HA, they fixed it! Was just watching again.

Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched?
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Is it possible to transfer a landline number to a mobile phone?

Yes. If you look at the opening screen at that point, there's a spot where it says "To transfer a home number, click here." That would be sweet. Since I am getting rid of my office landline, the iPhone is going to be my primary phone. It would be great if I could still keep my old landline number.

post #32 of 38
What if you have a Verizon phone and want to keep the phone working. However, you want to move the existing phone number from Verizon to the new iPhone?

How does that stuff work?

Move the number then go to Verizon and tell them to give me a new one? That way I don't loose my original number doing the switch?
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post #33 of 38
what about ringtones...how can you have an ipod phone and not be able to download any ringtones? doesnt make sense and seems like a huge oversight. anyone agree?

it doesnt even have to be via itunes, but what about direct to phone downloads like you can do with any other cingular/att device?

just seems odd to me...unless they just arent telling us yet...
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what about ringtones...how can you have an ipod phone and not be able to download any ringtones? doesnt make sense and seems like a huge oversight. anyone agree?

it doesnt even have to be via itunes, but what about direct to phone downloads like you can do with any other cingular/att device?

just seems odd to me...unless they just arent telling us yet...

If you don't know how to make your own ringtones, then you shouldn't have an iPhone.

CDs + Quicktime Player Pro = Free Ringtones.

I'm sure AT&T will have a way to download ringtones to the phone for a charge soon enough though, if they don't already.
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If you don't know how to make your own ringtones, then you shouldn't have an iPhone.

CDs + Quicktime Player Pro = Free Ringtones.

I'm sure AT&T will have a way to download ringtones to the phone for a charge soon enough though, if they don't already.


Thanks but that wasnt what i was asking... just because i can create them doesnt mean they can just magically get them onto your phone...

Cingular has a bunch of upload facilites (ringers, wallpaper, etc) for their other phones...i am just wondering if people think those will work with iphone
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Originally Posted by BigJeff View Post

what about ringtones...how can you have an ipod phone and not be able to download any ringtones? doesnt make sense and seems like a huge oversight. anyone agree?

it doesnt even have to be via itunes, but what about direct to phone downloads like you can do with any other cingular/att device?

just seems odd to me...unless they just arent telling us yet...

The only thing I can find that says anything, is on the Guided Tour video.

He says that you can select fron a selection of "great" ringtones supplied.

That's all we know so far.
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Thanks but that wasnt what i was asking... just because i can create them doesnt mean they can just magically get them onto your phone...

Cingular has a bunch of upload facilites (ringers, wallpaper, etc) for their other phones...i am just wondering if people think those will work with iphone

Doubt it... when I switched to my razr. I wasn't able to transfer any of the ringtones or games that I had bought on my other phone. The crap you buy usually is locked to where you can't transfer it.

Hence why I make my own. The iPhone screen is also bigger, so the backgrounds you bought on other phones would be stretched and look like shyte.

Making your own ringtones and pictures and transferring them to the phones on Cingular/AT&T is very easy with bluetooth. Apple & AT&T would be crazy if they make it difficult to customize your phone with your own audio, pictures, and video. Especially since that is one of the main complaints about verizon.
post #38 of 38
I have been doing lots of research on this, and have gotten many different answers. I have an existing phone and want to switch it to an iPhone. I have been told that I will not be able to keep my corporate discount by a retail store manager that had a conference call this evening.

I also called up corporate sales line, and have been told by several people that I will be able to keep the service discount.

The store manager was very confident in his answer, being that he just got off the phone with from the conference call. The AT&T employees have no idea what to expect, they are going to get completely blown away when they realize how big of a deal the iPhone coming to their service is.

Does anybody know how the corporate discounts are going to work or if they are going to work?

Thanks.
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