You Can Still Buy iPhone 4 Without Contract At AT&T Wireless Store

By Jay Shah | Apple

Contrary to rumors that had surfaced online very recently, the Apple iPhone 4 is still available without the two-year service contract. The rumors stated that AT&T and Apple had mutually decided not to offer iPhone 4 without contract. Everything from the possible advent of the iPhone on Verizon to AT&T’s urge to make more money out of the iPhone 4 was blamed for this.

But these rumors should end here because both AT&T and Apple continue to offer the iPhone 4 without a two year contract and basic handset pricing. The only thing is that this deal is only available offline. If you buy the iPhone 4 in person from an AT&T Wireless store or from an Apple store, you can get the iPhone4 without the contract.

However if you choose to have the phone shipped to your doorstep after an online purchase, you will need to accept the two-year contract with AT&T. The company (AT&T) has also clarified that this has always been the policy on the iPhone 4 and they are not sure from where these rumors surfaced.

So, why did people suddenly get an idea that Apple and AT&T have made such a ludicrous policy change? Probably it is the change in the iPhone FAQ page which prompted these ideas where it is written quite clearly that you cannot buy an iPhone without a contract.

But Apple is only referring its policy for the online store and has further clarified that these words have been there always and have not been changed in any way recently.

Pricing? If you buy an iPhone 4 without contract you pay $599 upfront for the 16GB version and $699 for the 32GB version. On the other hand if you opt for the AT&T contract, you can get the 16GB version for $199 and the 32GB version for $299. Of course you also have to pay as you use during the two year contract period.

There is a point of view that this AT&T contract is expensive, but then you don’t have much choice right now. Hopefully the speculation that the Verizon iPhone will be available in early 2011 comes true and you have a second option!

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Jay simply loves any tech that can make life easier, better, faster and more enjoyable. And with hundreds if not thousands of Gadgets, Apps, Games being launched everyday, there's more than enough out there to keep this hardcore techie occupied and obsessed!

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(4) comments

ish January 22, 2011

how can i buy an iphone 4 and have it shipped to Iran?

cris December 29, 2010

what stores are selling the iphone 4 whitout the contract?
because i tryed to buy it whith no contract and thet said there is not possible!!
have this stores in san francisco??????

xxx October 20, 2010

If you are already an AT&T customer then they will give iphone without any contract. Since you are not AT&T customer you were denied… I have bought two phones without any contract…
They check your number and see if it is with AT&T, if not then they will deny..

iDentist September 5, 2010

What’s the deal with iPhone 4 no contract sale?

I called Apple Store a dozen times in past 2 months to check if they sell the iPhone without contract and if they have it in stock. Every time they told me that I can buy it, but it is out of stock. OK.

Finally the day when they had it in stock came, and I went on a 2 hour drive to the nearest Apple store.

Apple Store Westfarms
500 Westfarms MallFarmington, CT 06032(860) 521-7997

The welcome guy greets me, I explain what I want (iPhone 4 without a contract). He says no problem, $599, and stand in the line there.

While in line, another employee approached me. I explain the situation, and he says I will be next soon.

After 1h of waiting, it’s my turn. I say what I want again. He goes to the register, brings the iPhone, scans it with his device and denies me the sale!

With the bad attitude and an apology, that’s all he had to say.

What is going on? What’s the deal? People are buying tit all over The States without a contract.

What do you think about this? And what do you do if you were me? Whom to complain?

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