This week, American cell phone provider AT&T announced plans to offer a contract-free version of Apple‘s 3G iPhone… for a price.
How much? About 2-3 times more than a “locked” iPhone.
Why are Apple and AT&T selling unlocked iPhones? Probably to eliminate the black market demand for unlocked iPhones that hackers are reselling overseas.
AT&T says an unlocked iPhone will sell for about $600-700. To get the cheaper subsidized price Steve Jobs announced at the WWDC ($199 for 8GB, $299 for 16GB) you must commit to a 2 year contract and be a new AT&T customer.
If you’re a current AT&T customer, you must have already purchased a 2G iPhone or be eligible to renew your contract.
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.