iPhone In-Store Pricing

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nolatron, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. nolatron macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2008
    Hi folks,

    I have a question regarding the in-store pricing of the 8 and 16gb iPhones.

    Online they are priced at $399 and $499, but it states that price is for new activations with the 2-year contract.

    But how does this work in-store? Can you simply walk-in and buy an iphone at the listed prices above? I thought all the account setup and what not is done on your home computer.

    Main reason I'm wondering is I'm looking at prices on ebay (I have a $300 ebay coupon to use), and seeing phone selling for above the retail price.

    Is this because you can buy the phone without that contract? Most are listed as "unlocked", or is just people on ebay trying to make a buck (or a combination).

    I'm planning on using it with T-Mobile since I get better coverage in my office complex compared to AT&T.

    So basically, I guess I'm just trying to figure where that required contract comes into play to get that $399/$499 price. Where are you locked into that? The Apple Store at purchase or when you sign-up for a plan online after you buy the phone?

  2. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Just walk into the store and get it. It's at the same price as online, and you get the contract through iTunes, not the store.
  3. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    Prices are $399 and $499 in-store and the online store. Neither of these require to sign a contract, you can do this at your home in iTunes.

    As of the eBay iPhones. iPhones bought in store are locked to the AT&T network, those phones you see on eBay are unlocked with hacked software, so you can use them on T-Mobile.

    You can do this easy yourself though and save the money, just take a look on the iPhone hack forums here.

    Best of luck!
  4. nolatron thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2008

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