over the past couple of weeks i have spoken to apple retailers in my area as well as 2 apple sales reps, and 1 iphone specific rep. my questions went like this: will the iphone be priced at ~299$ CAD or USD for the 16 gb here in Canada? yes, your dollar is about teh same will there be a need to sign up for a plan to get this price? no, some european countries aswell as canada will not need to sign to a plan to get the 299 price for 16 gb. will it be available at apple retail stores? yes anyone else get similar answers?? well i sold my touch so i hope thats the way it goes. and all of them saying teh same thing seems like a good sign. i think because of all the contract crap with AT&T apple still can make more money off of them. to end (contract) in 2009 if im not mistaken.