Apple Confirms iPhone 3G To Go On Sale In U.S. Apple Stores At 8AM, More Details

While it has widely been rumored that the iPhone would be going on sale at 8AM on July 11th, and AT&T had already confirmed that that is when it would be going on sale in their stores, Apple had yet to make a formal announcement about what time of day their Apple Stores in the U.S. would start selling the device. They formally announced today after their conference call that Apple Stores in the U.S. at 8AM, just like AT&T stores.

Apple Insider has some additional information that was also revealed Sunday night during their conference call. Among the most interesting were:

  • A valid state ID is required for everyone who wants an iPhone 3G.
  • Social Security Numbers will be required for new AT&T customers
  • Business customers will have to go to an AT&T store
  • FamilyTalk plan buyers must buy at least 2 iPhones with their plan, or have an existing iPhone to be used with the plan.
  • Rumor has it that retail staff may also “personalize iPhone 3Gs by setting up an email account for customers at the point of sale.
  • moving non-AT&T phone numbers over to iPhone 3G AT&T accounts may take as long as 4 to 6 hours, but you’ll still be able to make outgoing calls for that time.
  • Apple employees will be getting additional training on July 9-10th
  • They also confirmed that iPhone 3G’s will be “unbricked” at the time of sale by tethering it to a special customized version of iTunes. Employees are also being told not to proceed past the “Set Up Your iPhone” screen in iTunes

Information on the process for existing non-AT&T customers are not yet available, but more details are expected as the week goes on.

[via Apple Insider]

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