Existing phone numbers transferable to AT&T through iTunes

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
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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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 37
    In this video seems that the iPhone is 80 Gb and not only 8...

    Look here:



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





    Bye!

    Roger
  • Reply 2 of 37
    crees!crees! Posts: 501member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Roger_One View Post


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

    Look here:



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





    Bye!

    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.
  • Reply 3 of 37
    Yes, it's only in this frame because also in the previous frames the "down bar" is correct with 7+ Gb...



    Bye!

    Roger
  • Reply 4 of 37
    physguyphysguy Posts: 916member
    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.
  • Reply 5 of 37
    bacillusbacillus Posts: 313member
    ...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?
  • Reply 6 of 37
    tacojohntacojohn Posts: 980member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bacillus View Post


    ...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...
  • Reply 7 of 37
    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.



  • Reply 8 of 37
    What about insurance??
  • Reply 9 of 37
    abster2coreabster2core Posts: 2,501member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bacillus View Post


    ...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
  • Reply 10 of 37
    gordygordy Posts: 1,004member
    It's my understanding that you can use your existing AT&T plan.
  • Reply 11 of 37
    davegeedavegee Posts: 2,765member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gordy View Post


    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.



    Dave
  • Reply 12 of 37
    macinthe408macinthe408 Posts: 1,050member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by crees! View Post


    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...
  • Reply 13 of 37
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 14 of 37
    Quote:
    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...



    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.
  • Reply 15 of 37
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by macinthe408 View Post


    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.
  • Reply 16 of 37
    fraklincfraklinc Posts: 244member
    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
  • Reply 17 of 37
    louzerlouzer Posts: 1,054member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 18 of 37
    fraklincfraklinc Posts: 244member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mstone View Post


    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
  • Reply 19 of 37
    Is it possible to transfer a landline number to a mobile phone?
  • Reply 20 of 37
    silly34silly34 Posts: 3member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by strangeways View Post


    Is it possible to transfer a landline number to a mobile phone?





    YUP..
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