So after reading all the threads buzzing around IPTF forums concerning how activation will really take place, I got inspired to find out for myself from the source. So me and three of my friends all called AT&T from our own home phones and asked them the same question. How will iPhone 3G activation work for Current as well as New AT&T Customers. We all got the same answer: If you are a current AT&T customer and buy the new iPhone from an apple store. You will be able to activate the phone from home as well as upgrade your data plan. No additional credit check will be required for current AT&T users. If you are a new AT&T user, you can still purchase an iPhone from the apple store, but you will have to go to AT&T to activate and get a data plan. Meaning that instore activation is only required for new customers. She then went on to tell me apple is doing this to reduce the number of people unlocking iPhones. In my mind i'm thinking how will this setup stop unlocking, if I received her information correctly. Both current and new AT&T users will be able to walk out of an Apple Store without signing a contract or activating the phone. However, she didn't mention if there would be a penalty for those who don't activate their phones within a certain amount of time. So this kind of cleared up some of my questions, but it still leaves me partially puzzled. I was just wondering what your thoughts were and if I interpreted her information correctly?