One of the rumored downsides of the new iPhone (3G iPhone) is that folks would have to activate in store. This would ultimately lead to obnoxiously long lines with each phone taking 10 – 15 minutes to activate. According to Apple Insider that’s not necessarily true. Apparently, folks can opt to sign a paper contract with proper ID (and probably a credit card) required, and leave the store with an unactivated 3G iPhone in hand. Course, AT&T, or whoever the retail outfit is, will record the phones unique IMEI number and enter it into THE system for tracking. If the customer doesn’t activate the 3G iPhone within 30 days they incur penalties. What those penalties are and how they’ll impose them it TBD.
To further expedite the purchase process on July 11th, there will also be an online location where customers will be able to fill out an online form, sign it and bring it in to iPhone 3G retail locations when they’re ready to purchase.
Apple’s 3G iPhone will be available July 11, 2008.