You may have heard that AT&T is about to start selling iPhone without contract, now Apple is selling them at their stores too. The price is a little high, but no contract means that you’ll save money in the long run.
While the phones are still technically locked to AT&T service, it is possible (but not supported) to unlock the phones for use with other mobile service providers. In the US, that is largely limited to T-Moble and Metro PCS, although both GSM providers do not support the 3G network the iPhone 3G needs to connect at faster than EDGE speeds.
Apple’s change in sales policy comes as the company is working to sell off remaining inventory to prepare for the upcoming launch of the new 2009 iPhone, expected to be released around the middle of June, possibly at the company’s similarly-timed Worldwide Developer Conference.
Would you buy an iPhone unlocked in the US? I can see paying an unlocked fee for some phones, but one that really needs the AT&T network here in the US, I don’t see the point. Well, T-Mobile’s 3G network is improving, so this maybe a little off now.