Yes! AT&T is now offering the iPhone online with home activation. I found this by looking for info on another phone, but found this advert when landing on their site. At first, I figured I was reading it wrong, so I chatted up an AT&T rep and sure enough, we are back in 2007: buy it online and activate it at home.
jon: Hello, if I purchase the iPhone online now, will I have to take it to an ATT store for activation?
Kayla M.: Great question! I would be happy to help you with that today!
Kayla M.: No, you will be able to activate the phone yourself by placing the battery into the phone.
jon: that is a change correct? previously it wasn’t available online.
Kayla M.: Yes, that is correct. It just became available online today.
jon: wow, great. thanks. that is all i needed to know
Kayla M.: You’re welcome. Thank you for choosing AT&T. Have a great day!
jon: you too.
So, if you’ve waited to get an iPhone for the holidays, AT&T is making it even easier now. No more waiting in line, no more watching the AT&T salesperson hunt and peck your info into their system to activate the phone. Nope, sit at home, order it up and activate it at home. This makes the Wal Mart process much more palatable as you won’t need to hang out while a non phone type agent activates for you.
Oddly, the Apple store does not offer it online, you still need to visit the Apple Store.
More as it develops or gets announced.
UPDATED: Obviously, the iPhone does not have a removable or battery that can be installed. The graphic still remains and you can bring the order into the cart. It appears the order will get free shipping. Subsequent calls to ATT customer service says you cannot purchase the iPhone online, only pre-qualify. I’ve requested a comment from AT&T press relations to clarify the issue. No statement or announcement has been made on AT&T’s part or Apples.