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AT&T offers iPhones without commitment or activation

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Wed March 18, 2009

iPhone without contract

AT&T is set to offer the iPhone 3G without a subscription commitment or activation at the time of purcahse, according to an internal presentation posted by the Boy Genius Report. The new option will allow customers to buy the 8GB or 16GB handsets as gifts, although the terms restrict sales to just one device per line. The no-commitment price will only be available to existing AT&T subscribers.

The promotion will begin on March 26th, with the 8GB iPhone carrying a price of $600 and the 16GB variant available for $700. The new purchasing option could indicate the carrier is attempting to clear inventory in preparation for a new model.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    you're still stuck with ATT, and you're still stuck getting the iPhone plan (which would include the data plan) if you sign up with ATT.

    And that's assuming this is true. A powerpoint presentation could be just a presentation of ideas.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's the economy...

    My guess is it is the economy...they figure you're more willing to spend 'now' with no commitment, than to commit yourself to a 2yr contract @ $70 minimum.

    Apple 'may' update the iPhone 3G this summer, but my feeling is they may hold off for another year b/c of the economy.

    Why fire off your latest/greatest new product when there are less people who can afford it?

  1. G2G2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Follow the money.....

    Definitely the economy. In Hong Kong they are selling "open" iPhones for $US 850. Such is the price of freedom. I wonder what the freedom tax will be on the ones in the US?

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get rid of the data plan

    Just make the data plan optional and they would sell tons.
    It's the only thing holding me back.

  1. ethical_paul

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You want the data plan

    The only reason you think you don't want the data plan is because you've never had an iphone with the data plan. The data plan is the best part. Any old phone can do the other half.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: You want the data

    No, he does NOT want the data. Neither do I. If later on you decide you want it, you can add it. But forcing potential customers is just keeping some away.

  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    is this unlocked?

    What I would buy in a minute is an iPhone that is truly unlocked, so that I could use it with any GSM carrier.

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