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AT&T To Offer No-Contract iPhones to Existing Customers Starting March 26th?

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Boy Genius Report claims to have received slides from an internal AT&T training presentation revealing that AT&T will be offering contract-free iPhone 3Gs to existing customers beginning on March 26th. iPhone 3Gs will be priced at $599 for the 8 GB model and $699 for the 16 GB model, and no service agreement or device activation is required.




By limiting the "No-Commit" pricing option to existing customers and one per active mobile number, AT&T is apparently aiming to limit the number of phones being purchased for unlocking and use on other networks.
AT&T is restricting the No-Commit price to existing customers who wish to add a line, purchase as a gift, or perform and [sic] upgrade and are not eligible for the Qualified or Early upgrade price.
While AT&T is planning to limit sales to one per active mobile number, the training materials apparently reveal that AT&T has only limited means of enforcing this restriction. Only sales made at company-owned retail (COR) stores will show up in OPUS, AT&T's point-of-sale system. Otherwise, there is no indicator in the billing system denoting such sales.

Article Link: AT&T To Offer No-Contract iPhones to Existing Customers Starting March 26th?
 

kolax

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Why not just Pay As You Go?

This sounds like Pay As You Go with some fancy wording right..?
 

tbobmccoy

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$600 for 8GB ? Hehe.. funny guys..

On launch day, I went to an AT&T store to buy an iPhone and ended up with an 8gb one. I returned it the next day after the Apple store had a few 16gb ones, and in between me returning the iphone and purchasing the new one, AT&T didn't reset my account to show that I was eligible for an upgrade still. It showed the price of $699 upon my attempt to purchase it. This has been structured for a while, it's just now AT&T is advertising it.
 

jciapara

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Not fully unlocked!, Just you can use it with AT&T the way you want, Pay as you Go or any other plan, not the just the iPhone plan!
 

amac4me

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In my view, this is a move to CLEAR OUT inventory ahead of a new iPhone model.
 

polaris20

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Seeing as how you can only use the iPhone on AT&T anyway unless you hack it, I don't see a whole lot of point to this. You may as well just stick with AT&T and sign a 2 year contract.
 

maestro55

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Seeing as how you can only use the iPhone on AT&T anyway unless you hack it, I don't see a whole lot of point to this. You may as well just stick with AT&T and sign a 2 year contract.

I certainly agree with you on this. Though I figure there will be a lot of people who may pay the higher prices just to not be in a contract with anyone. I wouldn't pay that much for a phone but I am sure there are people who would (maybe not many that would admit to it).
 

pdpardue

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Seeing as how you can only use the iPhone on AT&T anyway unless you hack it, I don't see a whole lot of point to this. You may as well just stick with AT&T and sign a 2 year contract.

not everyone can get a contract, such as myself. I've had the same phone service for over two years but without a contract (month to month type of thing) but because of credit I can't get a phone without some insane deposit. Before cingular became att I'd looked into their service and they wanted 800 dollars plus the cost of the phone plus the monthly service. If I had the option of a non-contract service plan I'd jump on it
 

cazlar

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I'm all for PAYG/no-contracts, but without it being unlocked, there isn't much point at that price. $399 maybe. I paid that for my 1st gen iPhone which I use with t-mobile PAYG.

I guess it at least provides an option for someone to buy a gift (an expensive gift mind you!) without locking the recipient into an expensive contract that they may not like. Assuming AT&T PAYG SIMs work with it that is... If you have to get an AT&T contract to use it (without unlocking it I mean), then again it doesn't make too much sense.
 

pbeyersdorf

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Seeing as how you can only use the iPhone on AT&T anyway unless you hack it, I don't see a whole lot of point to this. You may as well just stick with AT&T and sign a 2 year contract.
I see a point: Spend $400 more upfront to avoid having to pay $30/month x 24 months=$720 for a data plan that I can live without.
 

ravenvii

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Seeing as how you can only use the iPhone on AT&T anyway unless you hack it, I don't see a whole lot of point to this. You may as well just stick with AT&T and sign a 2 year contract.

Me neither, I don't see the point. If you only plan to stick with the iPhone for less than a year or two, then why bother paying $600+ for it?
 
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