I went on to the apple.com website to purchase an iphone4 - without contract because I'm spending the next 6-12 months abroad. there is a "live chat" option. when I asked the representative about buying without contract, he blatantly lied to me by saying "Under US law you are required to buy phones under contract". Obviously this guy is an AT&T representative (the live chat button was on the apple.com web page where I choose at&T rate plans). Does AT&T hire people so desperate for a commission that they lie to get a few bucks? Is a man's honor that cheap? Honestly, how can you be a human being and sell your honor so cheaply? I'm done with AT&T. I'll use this phone (that I just signed up for at the apple store to buy without contract) abroad, on another carrier when I get back to the states, and sell it whenever apple releases phones that can use other carriers.