Carrier AT&T No Contract purchase on i6 Launch Day

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by phr0ze, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    So AT&T made these new plans which encourages not to buy subsidized phones. On launch day will I be able to pay $650 for the phone and activate it on my AT&T account?
  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    The only way to get an accurate answer (once they have that answer)...
  3. Kryckter macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    We are hoping so. In the past years you could always buy out of contract through AT&T and Apple. I dont see why they would change this, especially with the new plans.
  4. juanrp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2014
    I sure hope so, because that is what I'll be doing.

    I was going to originally buy the iPhone 5S in May, but decided to hold off till the 6. (I have the 4)

    Back then there was the option to buy it without a contract, but recently, when I went to check, there were only two options - AT&T Next and a 2-year contract. Not sure what's up with that.

    I would expect it to be an option to buy it off contract, as it has been an option in the past.

    The only way to make sure is to check through AT&T and wait until launch day.

  5. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    I'm feeling confident that you'll see them on launch since carriers are pushing the non-subsidized devices.

    I can't remember for past launches as I typically have a contract but I'm also hoping the carrier free contract free phones are available at launch.
  6. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Yes you will. Apple is guaranteed to sell them unlocked on launch day like last year.
  7. drober30 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    Whats the advantage of paying full price for a phone and not having a contract? I figure I need to use my phone anyway so who cares if its on a contract?

    I always sell my phone or trade it in and the difference in price to upgrade has always been the same as being a new member ($199) or less.
  8. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011

    They did not sell unlocked until 2 months after launch.

    Don't get your hopes up for non-contract phones on launch day. Especially considering expected demand for 6.


    Not everyone is on a contract plan, or with a carrier who does contracts.
    Several of the plans that go along with the contracts are bloated up in price.
  9. rritterson macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    DC USA
    Kinda like leasing vs owning a car.
  10. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    There are off contract plans that are less expensive than traditional 2 year plans even when you factor in the device subsidy.
  11. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Really so how was I able to buy 2 tmobile unlocked phones from on launch day last september?
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I see little advantage is seeking an unlocked phone as I have been with ATT for many years and have no desire to leave. In the event I or the person I give the phone to wants to sell, it is easy to get unlocked.
  13. P A U L macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2014

    I bought the 4s and 5s on launch day unlocked at normal price (850 for the 64gb) at my local Apple Store.

    Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile models are factory unlocked automatically when you buy it off contract at any Apple Store.

    Verizon is factory unlocked, even on contract.
  14. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    I travel a lot so unlock is a must.
  15. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    False, I ordered a T-Mobile UNLOCKED Gold 5S on launch day last year.
  16. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    Some buy unlocked because they do not intend to use the phone any of the big carriers. I will be getting the Verizon iPhone 6 as it gives me maximum flexibility. My 5s was unlocked from att but I'm using it on cricket saving me $45 a month from what I was paying att. Also, I can switch carriers as I choose.
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I can see the interest in unlocked, it just does not matter to me.
  18. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX

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