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AT&T to Sell Contractless iPhones for $400 Premium

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Mar 19, 2009, 2:53 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T has confirmed that it will begin selling the Apple iPhone to existing AT&T customers for $599 and $699 (8GB and 16GB, respectively) starting March 26 with no contract requirement.

more info at Associated Press »



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Mar 19, 2009, 11:28 PM

This isn't new

First I didn't notice anyone saying anything about how the the article title is AT&T to Sell Contractless iPhones for $400 Premium. Then followed by$599 and $699 (8GB and 16GB, respectively.

I don't know if everyone doesn't already know this you can purchase an iPhone 3G from the Apple Store new without a contract for $499 (8G) $599(16G). Period my friend didn't tell me this or any of lame made up stuff people say. I personal did it not more then 2 weeks ago for my little brother. Here is the number the Indianapolis Apple store fill free to call 317 574 8601

Now if you can't get to an Apple Store there are walmart and best buy everywhere. I don't know if Best Buy sells them out right but Walmart will for $550(8G) or $650 (16) agai...
that "nice data plan" eh? for that same $30, sprint's "nice data plan" includes your unlimited text, picture, video messaging, true turn by turn navigation, streaming tv & radio.

you can still think that $150 for unlimited is "nice" if you want tho...
When the Pre becomes available you will have a point, at present it isn't. All we have is speculation and some nerdogeek youtube video's of it. And I would like it to be good, iphone, pre, g1 all push innovation and features for us the consumer.

Mar 19, 2009, 3:11 PM

Why would it be?

Unless they want to build a new phone, they're not going with a CDMA carrier (or switch to TMobile) - they can sell the exact same hardware all over the world, so it's financially very much in their interest to stay with AT&T.

Then there's the $30 data plan AT&T charges, which (it was rumored) at least a small portion of which went to Apple for each customer. That's a lot of cash.

There may be a loosening of AT&T's terms, but the Apple/AT&T alliance is around for at least a few more years.
Actually, that's a reply to ECANTU's message.
So why are they hiring CDMA Engineers? Apple and AT&T may still sell the iPhone but do not be surprised if a CDMA version comes out very soon for Verizon.
Well on the news, on CNN a couple of weeks ago, Apple is going to have an entry level iphone, and their will be an updated, or newer iphone this summer. Thats what CNN was confirming, so I'm guessing there will be a newer generation iphone.
Apple choosing AT&T really was the best decision, especially with the 3G Iphone. Yeah, Verizon may have the largest 3G network now that they have bought out altel. And yeah, Sprint may have the best prices as far as data plans, phone plans, etc... but...

Mar 19, 2009, 3:27 PM


Will their still be a security deposit u think ?
credit checks will still apply, just like any other no commitment plan. so if you have a low credit score, there may be a deposit.

if you're referring to prepaid, they havent announced any prepaid options for the iphone 3G still.
There is no such thing. If you are buying something outright, at&t does NOT run a credit check. The only time at&t will EVER run a credit check on you is if you are new to at&t are signing up for a 1 or 2 year agreement, or two, you are adding a line...

Mar 19, 2009, 3:14 PM

Dang, Eric...

You're quick to the draw!!! Very Happy
Except that this was reported yesterday by other sources.

Yes I am a hater.

Mar 21, 2009, 3:03 PM

The ONLY reason to actually do this.....

2yr contract price $199/$299 8gb/16gb
Early Upgrade(customers already in 2 yrs)

However, you can only purchase 1 2yr price and 1 early upgrade during the 2 year period. This price is for people who absolutely have to have an iPhone after breaking 2 others in a 2 year span.

It is STILL cheaper to add a line and cancel to pay the ETF. This option is for people who want to keep their same number and purchase a phone. That's it. I honestly don't see people buying it at this price very often, for good reason.

Mar 19, 2009, 3:02 PM


this is a sign of Apple and AT&T parting ways..
NO, cus iphone is nothing but a toy!
u got to do something or anything to sell the inventory. haha
What is your reasoning for this?
Rolling Eyes

I don't see the point in this.
Hi how is this forum going? Very Happy

Mar 19, 2009, 3:42 PM

Cheaper to pay ETF?

Isn't it just cheaper to purchase the phone w/ a new 2yr agreement, then pay the ETF after the trial period is over?

Also, this is just going to cause a headache for them. How can they justify that a 2yr agreement is worth a $400 subsidy?
Because the average iPhone user spends alot more $$ than non-iPhone users. At minimum they spend $1680 over a two year agreement.
And that's about how much the company subsidizes for the phone every time someone buys it for the 2 or 3 hundred dollar price. those phones are NOT cheap (in price anyway).

Mar 19, 2009, 3:55 PM


Rolling Eyes
I do not see the point in this.
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