Apple Selling iPhone w/o Contract at Apple Stores…

Posted by Chris Leckness on Mar 27, 2009

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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.

Source  Appleinsider (via)

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Chris Leckness is a Microsoft MVP, Mobile Devices and a member of the exclusive focus group, Mobius. Chris has been a big time supporter/user of Windows Mobile since the Dell Axim days when it was Pocket PC 2002. Chris loves Zune, but also owns 3 iPhones too. His personal blog is chris.leckness.com.

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  • doogald

    I’m trying to see how this would save money in the long run? Is AT&T going to offer monthly plans that are $15 a month less? If the plan is going to cost the same with the subsidy, and breaking the contract costs $175, isn’t it cheaper to go with the contract and pay the penalty if you want to break it, rather than pay the same plan cost and pay $300 for the hardware?

  • Dave

    The iPhone 3G will not now, nor ever work on T-Mobile’s 3G network in the US, not because of lack of availability, but rather, AT&T uses a different frequency for it’s 3G network than T-Mobile. Therefore, without a SERIOUS amount of hardware and software hacking which would be nearly impossible (if not totally impossible), the iPhone probably wouldn’t work on T-Mobile’s network at more than EDGE speeds.

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