iPhone purchase without contract ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by caccamolle, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. caccamolle macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    Is it possible to buy an iPhone (3Gs) without the AT&T contract ? I thought we could, obviously paying a premium, but not sure.

    The reason is that I would want to bring it to Italy and set it up there ...

    thx
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Nope, they'll require you to get a plan afaik if you buy from AT&T.
     
  3. jmann macrumors 604

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    All iPhone purchased at an Apple or AT&T store must be activated before they leave the store. Sorry.
     
  4. caccamolle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok, thank you much.

    When is Apple going to let us chose a carrier !?!?
     
  5. jmann macrumors 604

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    Probably not for a while in the US, you can still unlock the phone yourself regardless. Or if you get one from Australia, New Zealand, etc, they are sold without a contract/unlocked.
     
  6. jcu macrumors newbie

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    You could just buy it in Italy.. they are unlocked, and without contract. At TIM stores it is 619/719 Euros for the 3Gs. I spend roughly equal time in Italy, Germany, and the states. I bought mine in Italy and use tim in italy, t-mobile in the states, and O2 in Germany. never had any problems.
     
  7. ronnyuk macrumors member

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    He asked if it's possible to buy an iphone without the AT&T contract, the answer is yes you can, many countries sell the iphone 3gs unlocked, if you live in America then you will have to order it from one of these countries.

    simples...
     
  8. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    or you can buy it from a store like mobilecityonline... albeit at a high premium at $1.3k.
     
  9. lamadude macrumors 6502

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    Exactly, if you are going to Italy anyway, that solves your problem immediately, just buy it there.
     

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