The plastic wrap covered the port on mine.
As a current legal AT&T iPhone users so all they did in store (Apple store not AT&T store) was scanned the barcodes on the box (apparently need to activate with AT&T), checked my current AT&T status and number, took my money, placed the wrapped iPhone box in a bag and let me activate at home. I did notice that they clearly took more time and attached new users (those without iPhone or who seemed to be switching carriers) iPhones to iTunes (this is what you notice when you waited in-line for 2 hours outside the store, 45 minutes in the store, it took less than 10 minutes once I was with a rep. Two friends who when in earlier and later noticed similar and talking with one of the Apple guys in store he said it really depended on the user and if the activation site was working if they were full activating in store or not.
I know I am late but, I got mine at att on sat morning, I was 6th in line. I said the screen that had a paragraph on it, which Im guessing was the contract even though it said nothing about two years on it, and I paid and they gave me a white iPhone still sealed to take home.
The guy said they tried the first iPhone activation on the 11th, then everyone after that they just had people take them home.
Ok I'm a bit confused now... I called about 3 AT&T stores and 2 Apple stores and I'm hearing different things.
Both of the employees at the Apple store told me that in store activation was required by policy whereas the AT&T employees told me I could just sign a contract and take the iPhone home to activate it. The funny thing is, the AT&T manager told me that this was the policy for both AT&T and Apple stores.