iPhone 3G goes on sale 8AM, July 11 – will require credit card and social security credentials

iPhone 3G launch details

Looking to get a shiny new iPhone 3G on Friday? Of course you are. But, are you ready to throw down your credit card and social security number to get one of Apple’s next-generation handset’s in your pocket?

Confirming previous speculation that Apple would not allow any iPhone 3G handsets to be sold without contract, Apple is requiring that all iPhone 3G buyers activate the handset in-store and sign a new 2-year contract. As the fine-print reads, “New two-year contract required. Qualified customers only; credit check required.”

So, when you hit that Apple or AT&T store, both slated to open bright and early at 8AM on July 11, be prepared to go through the pains of activating a new contract. Credit card? Check. Social security number? Check. Valid photo identification? Check, and check.

Now, we count down the hours until our local Apple store opens…

  • Rob

    About the credit Check….I did have excellent credit up until a few months ago. But I have never missed a payment to AT&T in the last year since I bought the first iPhone. So I am wondering if the credit check accounts for your whole credit history or just your past credit with AT&T. I want to know if I have a chance to be approved for the new iPhone. Anybody know?

  • thexcode

    fuck iphone,who needs it when you got N95.

  • Rob

    Oh that was mature.

  • Will Park

    I believe existing iPhone customers will be able to skip the credit check. Don’t quote me on that.

  • Raidium

    So it has to be a “New” 2-yr Contract? Does that mean New as in New customer or New as in a brand New lets-start-over 2-yr contract? Can those with AT&T righ tnow who are mid contract be able to purchase one for there existing contract?

  • Will Park

    2-years from the point of purchase – which means existing iPhone customers have their contract-timer reset to 730 days.

  • Raidium

    Got ya! Man, that stinks, noone can buy it outright? I guess they don’t want them being purchased for unlocking purposes. I can see why though…

  • rohit

    i want to buy a low rate phone in iphone

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