Apple Sells Contract-Free iPhones: $500-$700
According to a leaked internal document, Apple will now sell you an off-contract iPhone. Previously, you were required to prove that you had an AT&T contract before purchase, or to sign up for one. The iPhones arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t unlocked, though. They are still tied to AT&T. What this does mean is that you can buy an iPhone and use it without having to sell yourself to AT&T for two years, either by unlocking for use on another GSM carrier, or using it with an existing or pre-pay AT&T contract.
This takes us all the way back to the first days of the iPhone, when the only way to buy an iPhone was off-contract, and unsubsidized. It also gives us a reminder of the crazy prices people were paying back then. The off-contract iPhones will cost you $500 for the 8GB 3G, $600 for the 16GB 3GS and $700 for the 32GB 3GS.
Read more: wired.com