updated 03:35 pm EDT, Mon April 13, 2009
Buy.com unlocked iPhones
Online vendor Buy.com is now selling unlocked 16GB iPhone 3Gs, a listing at the site claims. The phones are in detail described as "never-locked" models, able to connect to any GSM carrier in the US, including T-Mobile. Buyers are moreover said to be able to use the phones without the restrictions of hacked devices, such as an inability to sync with iTunes or download official firmware updates.
The list price for the phones is $800, however, and their origin is unknown. While Apple has begun selling contract-free iPhones, the official American options are still linked to AT&T. The most likely source may be regions such as France and Hong Kong, which sell unlocked iPhones that could in theory be imported at a high premium. Apple has not stated any position regarding the Buy.com listing.