AT&T Offers iPhone Account Setup Online

Gearing up for the holiday season, AT&T is letting iPhone 3G buyers set up their accounts online. Customers will still need to visit a retail store to activate the phone and complete the purchase, but AT&T says the new online account set up should cut down on the time they spend in line.

New customers can do a credit check and see if they’re able to port an existing phone number to AT&T. Current AT&T customers can check their eligibility to add a new line for the iPhone.

Apple already has a similar offering on its Web site, which makes us wonder why it took AT&T so long. And, will we ever be able to take care of the whole process online?