Apple is simplifying the iPhone buying process with the launch of the iPhone SE, and has introduced a new purchasing method that allows customers to purchase T-Mobile and AT&T devices without entering existing carrier information.


As described before BloombergCustomers typically need to provide their wireless phone number and Social Security number when making an iPhone‌ purchase, a process that allows the carrier to perform a credit check and approve the transaction to ensure that the person receiving the device will pay the cell phone bill.

With ‌iPhone SE‌, AT&T and T-Mobile customers no longer need to provide their carrier information at checkout, and can instead call when they first turn on their ‌iPhone SE‌. Customers also do not need to select a network plan at the time of purchase, which reduces carrier involvement when someone purchases an ‌iPhone‌ from Apple.

Apple told retail employees that the new method is called Device Authentication, and it makes the iPhone checkout process faster. The purchase is available online now and will take place in stores on March 29th.

Apple already has a “Connect on your own later” option for iPhone 13 buyers who don’t want to enter their information at the time of purchase, but this appears to be separate from the way ‌iPhone SE‌ authentication works on the device. Apple also offers unlocked devices that can be purchased without a carrier connection.

As of now, authentication on the device is limited to AT&T and T-Mobile customers who buy ‌iPhone SE‌‌, but Apple plans to expand it to Verizon and the major ‌iPhone‌ purchases feature could also be implemented in the future for a smoother pre-order process.

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