Update: There is a workaround for this problem, which allows you to sign-up for a prepaid account with AT&T which sidesteps the need for a Social Security Number. The Unofficial Apple Weblog has the full details.
I’m working in the US at the moment, and decided to pick up an iPhone. I’m here long enough to justify it (well, justifying a $600 phone is pretty damn hard). No problems in getting one – the SF Apple Store had plenty.
The problem is that as part of the signup for AT&T, I need not only a credit card with US billing address, but also social security number. I have neither. The shop assistant knew I was from the UK but mentioned nothing about this.
So now I had an iPhone that is a very pretty brick. I guess it’ll be going back in the morning…