AT&T to offer iPhone 3G with no contract

By on March 19, 2009, 4:00 PM
When the iPhone 3G launched last year AT&T mentioned the possibility of a no-contract option for the device, though the company never actually pulled the trigger nor did it offer a timeframe for such a move. That may soon change, according to a supposed AT&T presentation obtained by Boy Genius Report, which suggest the carrier will begin offering both models sans commitments as soon as next week.

The contract free iPhones will sell at a premium price, of course Ė it'll be $599 for the 8GB and $699 for the 16GB model. The price is somewhat in line with the cost of other nonsubsidized high-end smartphones and just a bit higher than the original iPhone with a 2-year contract when it launched in 2007. This isnít a deal everyone will want to jump at, however, since the offer will reportedly be available to existing AT&T customers only and it is likely that the phones will still be locked to the carrier.

The timing would appear to indicate that AT&T is expecting an iPhone upgrade and wants to clear out as much of the stock they've got now as they can. Apple itself didn't allude to any new hardware during its iPhone 3.0 event on Tuesday, but there have been a few signs of this possibility in the past.




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mattfrompa said:
Those prices are hilariously absurd. Then again, it IS Apple...
Rick said:
[b]Originally posted by mattfrompa:[/b][quote]Those prices are hilariously absurd. Then again, it IS Apple...[/quote]You're wrong, at least contextually: those prices are actually cheaper than a lot of their other, not-as-advanced, non-subsidized phones.And if you think those prices are absurd but recognize they are pretty 'competitive', then you can at least agree that Apple isn't the one to blame... For example, the Blackberry Storm (comparable phone) was $550-$600 retail. Sounds about right, although I'd never pay that much for a phone.
captain828 said:
Let's not bask Apple mindlessly here...Given the price bracket and market segment, just do a price search for HTC Touch HD, SE Xperia X1, Samsung Omnia (and the HD one) and you'll see they're pretty much in line with the competition's pricing.Sure, you can also find cheaper touch phones as well, but none that represent the build quality and functionality of the above.
tengeta said:
Buy a netbook and use mobile internet at that frickin price... same monthly fee anyways.
mattfrompa said:
[b]Originally posted by Rick:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by mattfrompa:[/b][quote]Those prices are hilariously absurd. Then again, it IS Apple...[/quote]You're wrong, at least contextually: those prices are actually cheaper than a lot of their other, not-as-advanced, non-subsidized phones.And if you think those prices are absurd but recognize they are pretty 'competitive', then you can at least agree that Apple isn't the one to blame... For example, the Blackberry Storm (comparable phone) was $550-$600 retail. Sounds about right, although I'd never pay that much for a phone.[/quote]Well, seeing as it's my opinion, I don't feel it's "wrong". I would say thatthe idea of paying $700 for something that has to wait for the 3rd version of it's OS for features like copy and paste is absurd, given the capabilities of other devices with the same budget. I could say that given the technologies used its "competitive", however the high price to me is just plain funny, given the vast amount of what I would consider better options for that amount of money. I would certainly blame Apple for their own prices, just as I would any company. Another of what I would call absurd pricing is the new Dell Adamo.
yukka said:
Doesnt happen often but the UK has been able to buy iphones without contracts from 02 for months. You can get them pay as you go here for 400quid.
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