iPhone without Contract

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by silverMBP, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. silverMBP macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    Hi guys,

    I am a non-US Citizen but will be visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles in mid september. Is it true that I can only buy an iPhone from a telco provider (AT&T) with contractual obligations? Meaning I have to be on a subscription plan with AT&T for a fixed period of time contractually before they will sell me an iPhone. In addition, its going to be a locked phone. True/False?

    Am I able to buy a new iPhone 3g without contractual obligation and one that is unlocked at the same time?

    txs for your advice.
  2. philgilder macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    true, and no, not in the US, unless you want to pay a lot
  3. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    In the USA, there is no retail supply of Apple-sanctioned (ie. warranty intact) unlocked iPhones at any price. You'd have to buy it overseas, or get it second-hand from somebody else who bought it overseas.

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