UPDATED: The Apple store and AT&T both confirmed mid morning that iTunes was down, turning activation into aggravation for iPhone 3G new comers. Though the iTunes store was functioning, iPhone activation servers were not. Close to 12:15 PST we had several updates confirming that service was back up with activations being completed successfully. A complete launch day disaster was narrowly diverted.
A spokesman for AT&T, said there was a global problem with Apple's iTunes servers that prevented the phones from being fully activated in-store, as had been planned.
This unforeseen scenario was a buzz killer of gargantuan proportions for cult of iPhone fanatics numbering in the thousands, camping out overnight to enjoy the glory of iPhone 3G. While some customers may have been able to achieve activation extremely early on, others had to painfully stand by in limbo with sweaty brow. This iPocalypse is equivalent to keenly designed torture for first time iPhones being baptized by fire with a hard Apple FAIL. The launch of iPhone 3G has manifested iBricking of a different kind for some iPhone faithful.
iPhone 3G activation success is only a click away. If you experience delays, keep trying.