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    Default people who have activated their iPhone 3g from home (also to get network reception)

    I was wondering what the steps you had to do to activate your iPhone at home. When i get mine i dont want the store clerk to touch them as they will be gifts for me by me and from me to my partner.

    Was is easy, what things did you have to do to fully get your iPhone set up? including getting network connection from your provider (Optus, Telstra and Voda)

    Would like to hear stories on how you fully got your iphone to work, how long to activate at home and stuff like that to your first call.


    Would really appriciate it, thanks!

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    Step 1. Unbox your iPhone
    Step 2. Insert the SIM Card
    Step 3. Plug your iPhone into your Mac/PC with itunes 7.7 installed and open
    Step 4. Follow the onscreen instructions

    Network connection just happens after the iPhone is setup in iTunes

    Takes about 5 minutes
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    Macrich, are you saying that no one in the store you got yours touched the phone at all?

    At the Apple store the optus guy serving us had to open the sim slot and put in a 'hot sim' so he could activate the iPhone (or 'de-brick it' as he said) and complete the sale before we took them home and finished activation with iTunes

    Other than pre-paid, which I nothing about, I didn't think you could get a contract without it being handled by the staff

    although they did let us do the honours of unwrapping and un-boxing
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    same experience here..

    bought outright @ vodafone christchurch, took home, unboxed, plugged into itunes done in 3 mins

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    Same, I bought a 8GB on prepaid, unboxed it, and plugged it into iTunes. then in about 30 seconds it just went to the home screen, and it was done.

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    I bought mine on a contract and no-one touched my phone. I took it home shrinkwrapped, placed in my SIM, plugged it into iTunes and that's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    I bought mine on a contract and no-one touched my phone. I took it home shrinkwrapped, placed in my SIM, plugged it into iTunes and that's it.
    Same. Activation was easy and no carrier-branded shit on my phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcn33 View Post
    Same. Activation was easy and no carrier-branded shit on my phone
    I still had Optus Zoo in my Safari bookmarks! Not any icons on the homepage, just a bookmark in the Safari list...

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    i did mine at the apple store, they never mentioned about doing it at home.

    having said that, i think theres a procedure in place where they GET YOU to open up your box for he first time, pop out the sim slot and you put in the sim and turn it on. They just tell you the steps.

    i think its because they understand people want to handle their phones for the first time and/or the store avoiding any responsibilities as they might scratch/drop it.

    me personally, i opened the box and handled my iphone, but im not fussed, i got him to handle and activate the phone immediately after that.

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    so for those that activated at home, have you checked if your phone is locked to vodafon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wise View Post
    so for those that activated at home, have you checked if your phone is locked to vodafon?
    My phone is locked to Optus - a working 3 SIM does not work in my iPhone.

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    so I wonder how the locks work then? It locks to the first sim in the phone??? Because when i was in the apple store there was just a pile of stock for whichever carrier, then they ran the activation process.

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    that activation process most likely locked the phone then
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    ^ yeah but i'm wondering how it locks to those that activate at home, presumably to whatever sim is in the phone??

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    Well the phones are obviously NOT bricked in the box. Lying to customers, yay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wise View Post
    ^ yeah but i'm wondering how it locks to those that activate at home, presumably to whatever sim is in the phone??
    maybe the ones at the apple store were in a different state to the separate stores and they were all opened and activated instore?
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    The Apple Store probably had X amount of each carrier, and gave you the corresponding one to take home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by decryption View Post
    I still had Optus Zoo in my Safari bookmarks! Not any icons on the homepage, just a bookmark in the Safari list...
    There should also be "OPTUS Services" in "Settings > Phone". I believe that, and the Optus Zoo bookmark, are part of that carrier update that iTunes prompts you to download and install.

    For the OP, I unboxed and inserted the SIM in the store, but the store clerk connected it to iTunes to activate it. I then went home and connected it to iTunes, performed a restore to update the software from 5A345 to 5A347, and reactivated without a hitch. So long story short, activation can definitely be done at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svale View Post
    There should also be "OPTUS Services" in "Settings > Phone". I believe that, and the Optus Zoo bookmark, are part of that carrier update that iTunes prompts you to download and install.

    For the OP, I unboxed and inserted the SIM in the store, but the store clerk connected it to iTunes to activate it. I then went home and connected it to iTunes, performed a restore to update the software from 5A345 to 5A347, and reactivated without a hitch. So long story short, activation can definitely be done at home.
    What is the difference between 7 and 5... What updates were there?


    And please, for the love of god, don't give me the answer 2, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamerr View Post
    What is the difference between 7 and 5... What updates were there?


    And please, for the love of god, don't give me the answer 2, lol.
    Well, I read over on Macrumors it solved a few of the yellow tinge problems, and a few members here have fixed some bugs restoring (they didn't know it was a different version at the time though).

    I guess just general bug fixes - It can't be too significant though otherwise Apple would be pushing us for an update?
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