Starting today, Apple has started accepting preorder for iPhone 4. With two year AT&T contract 16GB iPhone 4 costs $199 and 32GB iPhone 4 costs $ 299. However, Apple and AT&T seem to have different views on selling iPhone 4 with no two year contract with AT&T.
Apple Says No
In the frequently asked questions for iPhone 4, For the question
Can I buy an iPhone without an AT&T contract?
Apple says that
No. iPhone requires a two-year AT&T wireless service contract.
AT&T Says Yes
AT&T says that one can buy iPhone 4 ( as well as iPhone 3GS) with no commitment. With no commitment one can buy 16GB iPhone 4 for $599 and 32GB iPhone 4 for $699. AT&T says that
Any customer who wants to purchase iPhone 4 without signing a new 2-year agreement may do so at the no commitment price. An eligible voice and data plan are required.
What does it mean? It does look like the both mean different things, but that it is confusing. Will Apple & AT&T make it easier for the users?
- Check here for what Apple had to say on the two year contract @ the Apple FAQs.
- Check here for AT&T’s plan details for iPhone 4.
No Contract Vs Unlocked iPhone (Updated)
Contract free does not mean unlocked iPhone 4. AT&T has been selling contract free iPhone locked to AT&T network for sometime. Here is what AT&T had to say for contract free iPhone 3GS before.
Q. It sounds like I don’t need a contract to buy iPhone 3GS. Can I buy it and use it on another carrier?
A. We do offer no-commitment pricing, however, iPhones sold in the United States are configured to work only with the wireless services provided by AT&T.
Contract Free iPhone Pricings from AT&T
Contract Free iPhone 3Gs
- 8GB iPhone 3GS: $499
- 16GB iPhone 3GS: $549
- 32GB iPhone 3GS: $599
Contract Free iPhone 4
- 16GB iPhone 4: $599
- 32GB iPhone 4: $699