How can I buy an iphone 3g or 3gs with out exstending my contract?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lilchub101, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. lilchub101 macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    Hey all I am on a att plan with my family. I have had my phone for 4 years and am no longer under contract We are on a month to month plan. So if we want to stop using att its no big deal because we are no longer under contract

    I would like to buy a iphone 3g or 3gs possibly new that way I can get apple care on it is their a way I can do it with out spending $600 it does not have to be unlocked because I'm on att allready any help would be great
  2. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    You have to spend $599 if you want to have one contract-free.
  3. lilchub101 thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    Only a sucker would pay $300 more then the cost of the thing just saying
  4. bobsentell macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    Proof of why economics needs to be taught in school!

    Actually, buying it wth a contract SAVES you $300. It really does cost $599. People seem to not understand what "subsidized" means. It means that instead of you paying the $599 actual cost for an iPhone, you pay $299. AT&T agrees to pay the other $300, but you have to sign up for a two year contract for them to do so. At the end of the day, Apple still gets $599.
  5. Justinf79 macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2009
    If you buy it with the 2yr contract then you're actually paying about $2000 for the phone. You can get it for $600, and use a cheaper existing plan you already have.
  6. Nanookfan macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2008
    I suppose you could buy one at the lower price with the contract and then cancel the contract and pay the 175.00 early termination fee. That would save a little money. ;)
  7. lilchub101 thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2009
    I guess I will just waite until I'm 18 in October and get my own plane lol
  8. Revelation78 macrumors 68000


    Dec 18, 2008
    North Carolina
    You can't use it with a cheaper plan! AT&T runs random audits on the lines, if they see that you are running an iPhone and you don't have the required data plan - they will add it for you.

    It's in the Terms of Service that they can do this.
  9. ZhenyaF macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Maybe they can, but so far they haven't done that for my girlfriend, who uses a 3G without the data plan
  10. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    Just curious, what plans?
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Nope you're paying 200 for the phone and 1800 for the network.
  12. ===== macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2009
    That's what im doing, im adding a line to my contract cancel it after 30 days pay the 175 ETF and the months bill. That way next year my current line is going to be available for an upgrade for the next iPhone.

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