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iPhone Not Available Online without AT&T Contract

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Aug 19, 2010, 1:53 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Aug 20, 2010, 3:43 PM

The iPhone 4 cannot be purchased from Apple's online web store nor AT&T's web store without a new two-year AT&T contract. The iPhone 4 is, however, available both at Apple Stores and AT&T-owned retail stores for the no-commitment prices of $599/$699 (16GB and 32GB, respectively). No-commitment pricing is for those not wishing to sign new two-year contracts with AT&T. The subsidized prices of the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4 have not changed.

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Aug 19, 2010, 1:56 PM

So how soon before someone sues?

Since you know we're all entitled buy whatever we want, however we want.
Rolling Eyes
Iphone is the *0NLY* phone in the U.S. that the option doesn't exist to pay full retail and be contract-free.
Just because it isn't illegal doesn't mean you can't sue. Sometimes people sue because the law needs to be changed, interpreted differently, etc.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/40663.html »

Aug 19, 2010, 4:10 PM

Iphone on Verizon or T-mobile

Sounds to me like the iphone is going to be leaving att. Paranoid The rumors appear to be even more true now that poor lil att is trying to lock the iphone down and get as many subs on contract as possible before this happens. Its all good whatever carrier gets it next if its not Sprint idont care! Very Happy But that ispot from Sprint is awesome and make the iphone seem a bit more enticing because there's no data cap! Cool
AT&T is not losing the iPhone, they're losing their EXCLUSITIVITY. You really think Apple is going to cease making a GSM/HSPA iPhone?
The APPLE STORE is no longer selling the phone without a contract. The article states that you can still purchase the phone outright at ATT. Why is it that everything APPLE does, that people don't agree with, is ATT's fault?
It would not be to Apple's advantage to offer the iPhone on more carriers, Apple's contract with AT&T basically says that Apple has the right to anal rape AT&T all day and all night...there is really no way Apple is going to be able to enter into a si...
How does that work?

Apple is locking people down on AT&T contracts...so that means they're making a phone for verizon and tmobile?

That makes zero sense.

If that was true, they wouldn't be forcing a contract on at&t. It wouldn't matter to Ap...

Aug 22, 2010, 10:14 AM

It's only the online store, not the apple store.

iPhone will move from AT&T to Verizon early next year, so the AT&T Contract is not attractive any more.

http://www.iphonemactransfer.com »

Aug 20, 2010, 5:46 AM

Can someone explain this?

Apple is not a carrier. They are a phone manufacturer. So my question is: "If" the iPhone is going to another carrier, why should Apple require or even care that ATT hold a two year contract for their product or not?
You answered your own question there. IF the phone is going to a new carrier...
flip mode

Aug 19, 2010, 2:13 PM

Um wow....

how much scummier can apple and at&t get, that rabbit hole has no end Laughing
Im sure fanboys wont care since its "a gotta have it", oh yea, have fun with those data caps too! But on the real, I can see this turning Apple users to another carrier that offers more for less.
flip mode said:
how much scummier can apple and at&t get, that rabbit hole has no end Laughing

Read the article, you can get the phone in an AT&T store for full price without contract.
Of course they sre evil. However, consumers can still walk into AT&T and buy the handset with no contract obligation, no? They just cannot buy it directly from Apple in that manner.

Aug 19, 2010, 2:09 PM

Odd ...

Seems odd that they would do this move while in Canada , and the Canadaian GSM/HSPA providers, they offer it unlocked and contract free if you want.
Eh? How many people are actually going to go to Canada to get an iphone?
Apple Stores off the phone unlocked in Canada, not the providers.
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