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  • Apple Now Selling iPhones without requiring AT&T contract in US.


    It was bound to happen, sooner or later.

    Last week, Google started selling unlocked Nexus One phones compatible with AT&T's 3G protocols. And today, AT&T announced that it's going to be selling Palm Pre smartphones and Dell's Android 1.5 based Aero. There's no way of knowing if these pieces of news are connected, but after a flurry of tweets and rumors, Apple employees have confirmed that the iPhone will be available without a contract in the US. UPDATE: Gizmodo got a copy of the internal Apple documentation that details this.


    $499 for an 8GB 3G, $599 for a 16GB 3GS and $699 for a 32GB 3GS. Or $99 for a reconditioned iPhone and blacksn0w for free.

    Choice: it's a wonderful thing.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Now Selling iPhones without requiring AT&T contract in US. started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 110 Comments
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Awesome job apple. Props
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I still don't see the point of buying an unlocked 3G/3GS in the US...
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      This is simply because they want to get rid of their 3G and 3GS inventories. Same phones, just whitelisted serial numbers for Apple's lock/unlock server.

      Apple, AT&T and BestBuy have been offering new perks at about this time for the past two years.
    1. wgm214's Avatar
      wgm214 -
      so you can use it oversees...and im pretty sure this is the same price as an iphone bought when ur on contract and u lose it
    1. btowne's Avatar
      btowne -
      seems to be an attempt to limit jailbreaking. if people don't need to jb to unlock anymore, many people won't do it
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      You guys should pay attention to your sources more, that Gizmodo article (along with the Engadget one as well) does not state at all that the phones are unlocked.
    1. raf_shc's Avatar
      raf_shc -
      2nd best news I heard all day and both at modmyi! Great! First news was about 3.1.3 hack and now this!! More info here Blacksn0w for 3.1.3 3G/3GS with 05.11.07
    1. Beau Giles's Avatar
      Beau Giles -
      Unlocked ≠ Uncontracted.

      These aren't unlocked for use with any carrier, just not tied to a contract.
    1. sirplayalot's Avatar
      sirplayalot -
      Where does it say "unlocked"? I'm reading that you can just buy one without actually having AT&T service, but I would assume the devices are still SIM locked.
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      post should read "contract free"..not unlocked...still tied to good ole AT&T.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yep, just read this on another source. Apple just no longer requires you to show you have an ATT contract before you buy an iPhone full price. No official unlock.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Oh. So it's not unlocked. Title made it seemed.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      If only they would make a 3G version compatible with T-Mobile's 3G. Google has done this with AT&T so maybe Apple will follow.
    1. stevenisHAUNTED's Avatar
      stevenisHAUNTED -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      If only they would make a 3G version compatible with T-Mobile's 3G. Google has done this with AT&T so maybe Apple will follow.
      The closest we'll ever get to seeing this happen is in our dreams.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      If only they would make a 3G version compatible with T-Mobile's 3G. Google has done this with AT&T so maybe Apple will follow.
      Google hasn't done this HTC has. There are some T-Mobile phones that I want for ATT 3G too.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Apple doing the BIG move.......
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      You guys should pay attention to your sources more, that Gizmodo article (along with the Engadget one as well) does not state at all that the phones are unlocked.
      yea just read the actual memo Gizmodo had and it says nothing about them being unlocked all it says is u dont have to have At&t which in the end u will have to have AT&T unless apple is backing jb and unlocking via blacksnow thats the only way this story matters or is relevant.

      so you should retitle this story unless u have other evidence of Apple selling unlocked phones because for right now theyre just selling phones without the need of a contract with AT&T not the same as being unlocked.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Google hasn't done this HTC has. There are some T-Mobile phones that I want for ATT 3G too.
      I'd be happy with a CDMA version, I've tried AT&T and I did not have good luck with their service at all but my wife and I both miss the IPhones. But I'm sure that will not happen anytime soon.
    1. edge777's Avatar
      edge777 -
      MMI has messed up yet another article. Please MMI you're becoming more and more embarrassing. Please change the title or get better writers who know how to read (and spell, lol).
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      I see a trend with apple lately being all nice knowing that its a deeper rooted plan underneath it all i dont see a need for a unlock iphone when u still need service with a sim card