How come they are letting the new iphone get released elsewhere (Japan)? Did the contract between ATT only limit USA sales? Personally I think the release of the iphone globally will help stimulate the US economy. and here is why... My speculation is that for how much money we spend on fuel most of that money is ending up in other countries economies. With the iphone being released globally, it could meet the global demand. From what we have seen the demand is there and in turn raising the stocks for Apple which equals more money for the investors. Bill Gates played a large role in the US economy by revolutionizing an operation system that is now used around the world. Apple seems to have the same thing going on with the iphone, in turn bringing more people to apple all together and increasing sales. But if they stick with selling to the US now all we are doing is recycling the US economy.