Problems with Apple's iTunes activation server has wreaked havoc on the first day of Apple's much-anticipated iPhone 3G debut. The Apple iTunes server apparently couldn't handle the demand from new users signing up for service and shut down.
As a result, AT&T stores are telling iPhone buyers to go home and sync with iTunes later in the day. Customers who buy an iPhone still need to sign up for a plan at an AT&T store. But to actually use the device, it has to be activated through iTunes. As of mid-afternoon Friday, new iPhone buyers were still reporting problems connecting to iTunes for activation.
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