So there's the great debate over $599 iPhones and if they're truley "un-locked" or just "contract-free" (requiring some other AT&T contract, just not a 2-year commitment). From what I've seen, we have no real "proof" one way or the other. Just guesses and speculation. We now have a Washington Post article claiming that they'll be fully un-locked, usable on other carriers. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/01/AR2008070101048.html?hpid=sec-tech I don't consider this total proof (they may also be wrong) but this is the first real source I've seen that says this. I'd hope they cleared this with AT&T before running it, after all. It occurs to me that (in the U.S.) you can only use iPhones with T-Mobile and you won't get 3G speeds on them. (T-Mobile doesn't have it yet, and once they do I'm pretty sure it's a different technology than the iPhone uses.) So could it be that AT&T is just not afraid of that competition so they don't care? Dunno. I only bring this up because I was certain that these $599 phones would still require an AT&T contract of some sort, but here's a trusted news source saying otherwise.