iPhone launch marred by activation delays

Apple's iPhone launch has been marred by delays in AT&T's phone activation system, leaving some people unable to use their new toy throughout the weekend. People who buy the iPhone, which went on sale in the U.S. Friday evening, are required to activate it through Apple's iTunes software on their home computer. They choose a rate plan, authorize their credit card number, and the phone should be activated soon after.

Apple has said the process should take only a few minutes for people being assigned a new phone number, and "up to six hours" for people transferring a number from another operator. But for some the wait has been much longer, according to postings on Apple's iPhone message board and elsewhere. "It has now been 48 hours and my iPhone is still the prettiest paperweight I own," wrote one frustrated user.

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If they release this in the UK and rest of the EU i believe they will pretty much have to put 3G in it - as EDGE was mostly skipped and everyone went 3G. EDGE is useless in the UK so ive heard. I like some apple products and hate others.

The reason they're using EDGE to maximise battery life (as it uses less), using something 3G like UMTS, would cripple the battery.

Other phones probably dont last quite as long as the iPhone but you can transfer data at up to 3.6 Mbit/s on modern UMTS networks (and in theory can go up to 14Mbit/s with the right ones), compared to EDGE which uses only about 0.25Mbit/s transfer max.

So 6 hours of internet use on the iPhone, using something else on a 3.6Mbit/s network you only need to be online for 25mins

rebranding: iWastemytime

they have 3g models with good battery life. look at the nokia eseries, high resolution screens and GREAT battery life.
jobs i just throwing at excuse.

I know other phones have 3G and decent battery... but this is why I think apple put in EDGE,its lower power consumption and outdated technology is most likely cheaper and easier on the battery life.

Give it 3G and all the other standard features found on all mid range or above modern phones, and it would be fine, just apples lack of very simple things is strange.

@ RiPPAFor a $600 phone or however much it costs, I would want a 5MP camera and all the extra features.

I bought mine on Saturday morning. Activated it with no problems, I was already a subscriber. Only took a few minutes to transfer my number and I live in the Philadelphia area too. I had no problems with mine, guess I got lucky.

Hurmoth said,
Just because you don't like it doesn't mean that others share your opinion. Grow up! :rolleyes:

And while that may be true, said person has the right to post their opinion, no matter it being for or against the subject. Said person didn't attack anyone here directly. You did. I think someone else needs to grow up.

ir0nw0lf said,

And while that may be true, said person has the right to post their opinion, no matter it being for or against the subject. Said person didn't attack anyone here directly. You did. I think someone else needs to grow up. :rolleyes:

Amen, ir0nw0lf - grow up indeed, Hurmoth!

It's OK to dislike stuff, people. Just because others are critical of certain products shouldn't have to make you nervous about your purchase. If you bought a certain product, then hopefully it's because you've done your research, and not just bought into the hype like most tend to do.

Most people that lash out on forums about product criticism unfortunately are folks that just buy into the hype. Then they become complete spazz's when anyone even mentions said product in a negative light.

ir0nw0lf said,

And while that may be true, said person has the right to post their opinion, no matter it being for or against the subject. Said person didn't attack anyone here directly. You did. I think someone else needs to grow up. :rolleyes:

It's one thing to have an opinion, but it's entirely different to flame, troll, whatever you want to call it by simply saying "People actually lined up for this POS?". There's no reasoning provided, just another useless post from the Apple hating dickwads at Neowin.

simon360 said,
It's one thing to have an opinion, but it's entirely different to flame, troll, whatever you want to call it by simply saying "People actually lined up for this POS?". There's no reasoning provided, just another useless post from the Apple hating dickwads at Neowin.

Not that much different from blindly praising and defending a product because of brand loyalty.

simon360 said,
It's one thing to have an opinion, but it's entirely different to flame, troll, whatever you want to call it by simply saying "People actually lined up for this POS?". There's no reasoning provided, just another useless post from the Apple hating dickwads at Neowin.
Couldn't agree more! You can express your own opinion without posting useless garbage like calling the iPhone a POS.

Hurmoth said,
Couldn't agree more! You can express your own opinion without posting useless garbage like calling the iPhone a POS.

How many did you buy? Do you need to defend them so you don't feel ripped off? Please share your experience and praise of the product with us.

Budious said,
How many did you buy? Do you need to defend them so you don't feel ripped off? Please share your experience and praise of the product with us.
I bought one. And I don't feel that I was ripped off, again this is opinion, just like yours, which is basically useless since I'm guessing you don't own one and can't really speak from experience.

oh so we put this up now after apple fan boy's last night claimed this was just anti apple stuff and there was no real issues :P gota love people who are stuck on one brand...

I know I'm going to be called an Apple fanboy and have 3 comments replying to this one pointing out my stupidity, but I'll say this: This is a problem with AT&T's activation process AFAIK, there isn't really anything Apple can do about it.

People who dislike Apple, rejoice, Neowin is far from becoming Neomac.

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