iPhone 3G Doesn’t Need To Be Unboxed In-Store; Activation Can Take Place At Home
For some extremely loyal (read: crazed) Apple fans, the thought of having to unbox the iPhone 3G in-store seemed like a massive breach of our rights as Apple enthusiasts. Fortunately, the in-store sign up doesn’t actually require removing the iPhone from its box. In fact, all that’s needed from the iPhone itself is the four barcodes located on the box. Apple and AT&T employees will take the phone out for you by default, although asking to keep it wrapped up for ceremonious unboxing at home shouldn’t be a problem.
The long and short of it: iTunes does the “unbricking” so it can be done at home (as most iPhone 3G customers are learning today).