New contract if not subsidized?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gtg941f, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. gtg941f macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2008
    So I currently am using a Tilt and was hoping to switch over to an iphone for better mac compatibility. I'm not eligible for a phone upgrade therefore will be paying the full price of $499.

    If paying the full, non-subsidized amount, will I actually need to sign a new contract? It would make sense to require a new contract only if they're subsidizing it in any way, but nothing AT&T does makes sense so I'm naturally inclined to believe that they'll stick me to a new contract.
  2. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    If you want to enroll in one of the special iPhone price plans, they'll probably want you to sign a contract for a certain period of time.

    If you stick with your existing price plan (and run the risk of any associated data overages you may incur) then it's possible that may not require a new contract. It has been widely reported that AT&T is eventually going to sell contract-free version of the iPhone 3G, for about $400 more than the price for a new 2-year activation. Such a phone should work with any existing AT&T SIM card.
  3. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    The no-subsidy option isn't available at launch. The 2 options are the upgrade eligible ($199 for 8GB) or the "early upgrade" eligibility ($399 for 8GB). The no-commitment, no-subsidy pricing ($599 for 8GB) will be available later, they haven't specified when. Even the $399/499 price is subsidized. You're paying the $200 extra to get your subsidy now instead of waiting. You'll still need a new contract. The only way to not get a new one is with the $599/699 pricing at a later date.

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