Apple Now Selling contract free iPhones!!

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  1. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    Mod edit: originally this thread was titled "unlocked" instead of "contract free" as the Engadget article states. It has since been updated to "Contract free", same as the article has been to hopefully reduce confusion.
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    Apple is now selling unlocked iphones in their stores without proof of AT&T service!
     
  2. cytoxyn macrumors regular

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  3. NorrisKillsKids macrumors 6502a

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    First update says:

    Update: We're getting mixed reports on the unlock status of these phones. One store says yes to the unlock, while others are saying they're still AT&T-locked devices being sold off contract. We're digging for more info on this now, so stay tuned.
     
  4. blancoBronco macrumors 6502a

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    ya, until I hear Apple and AT&T confirm it, I won't believe it
     
  5. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    (updated: not unlocked)

    I guess the post was made premature.
     
  6. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816

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    OK, I was at the apple store last week and they offered the phone to me without a contract. I then called AT&T to ask and they say that just to start service with an iPhone, even if i bring my own, I need to sign a two year contract. so I think if i want, I can get an unlocked phone from the apple store... it's just that nobody will give me service in the USA without the two year contract.

    Will someone try to buy one and insert a sim card?
     
  7. samven582 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought my iPhone 3GS 16gb last summer "contract free".
     
  8. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    Thank God they're still locked, I thought the price of my jailbroken phone just took a dive!
     
  9. NorrisKillsKids macrumors 6502a

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    9to5mac update:

    Update: Apple has confirmed the new plan and will be selling iPhones from the store this way at one unit per person per day. According to the employee we talked to, they would still be officially tied to AT&T, "but everyone knows it takes 2 minutes to unlock them".
     
  10. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    Not if they're on a stock 3.1.3! Lol, how long do you think they'll still be employed?
     
  11. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just got off apple chat and they are not dening it:

    Apple: You are chatting with Justin, an Apple Expert
    A: Hi, my name is Justin. Welcome to Apple!
    A:How are you doing?
    Me: Hi, Ive heard that you are now able to buy unlocked iphones at the apple retail stores. Is that true?
    A: One moment while I research that for you.
    Me: ok thanks
    A: The Apple Retail Store is offering iPhones at full retail price.
    Me: Are they locked to AT&T?
    A: I am really sorry for keeping you waiting, I'll be just another moment.
    Me: ok
    A: At this time. The details are not available
    Me: So is it possible they will be sold like this?
    A: Just another minute...
    A: I recommend that you contact the Apple Retail STore nearest you for more details.
    Me: I wouldnt be able to purchase it unlocked on apple.com?
    A: That option is not available on the Apple Online Store.
    Me: But it may be in stores?
    A: Your best option is to contact your local retail store, because I do not have any details available.
    Me: ok thanks


    Usually Apple just gives "I cannot comment on rumors or sepculation." But not this time.
     
  12. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Fallacy #1 - Citing a customer representative as fact.
     
  13. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    Update 2: It's looking like those initial reports of unlocked devices are inaccurate. It sounds like these devices are still locked to AT&T -- so you're just looking at an off contract pricing scheme. Which is also totally lame.
     
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  15. Jenkins12 macrumors member

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    Even if it hasn't happened yet, in Canada the iPhones are unlocked until a provider is chosen. It's just a matter of time.
     
  16. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    They are still locked and if they have the new software (read: 3.1.3 & bootrom) you won't be able to unlock.

    In any case, same deal as 1st gen iPhone. You buy it and no questions asked. Nothin new people, just the old protocol is back.
     
  17. rtabdo macrumors 6502

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    It's pretty clear what Apple is doing here. Something must have obviously happened with either ATT or maybe this is because they are ticked off at Google.

    But my take on it is that Apple is still "contractually" selling a locked phone with AT&T so its not "breaking their agreement", but instead, they aren't asking for any verification this time.

    With something like this being effective immediately, my guess is they JUST came up with it and decided to implement it now.

    I think there is some serious drama happening between Google, Apple and AT&T and Apple is doing whatever they can legally to send a serious message.
     
  18. thetexan macrumors 6502a

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    What's the point? Also since it's going to have the latest firmware it can not be unlocked using the customary jailbreaking methods. Lame.
     
  19. labman macrumors 604

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    ok then

    Apple has been selling contract free phones forever bestbuy sells them as well $599 16GB 3GS $699 32GB 3GS I think you can even get 1 at AT&T contract free for the above prices but it's still with AT&T I fail to see the news here!
     
  20. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    I'd say it's that they're hoping to clear some stock.
     
  21. Jenkins12 macrumors member

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    I think that is only in Canada.
     
  22. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I hear that.
     
  23. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    I recall them doing something like this before with the 3G. Or something to empty stock.
     

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