Want to pay full-retail price for an iPhone 4 and avoid
selling your soul signing a lengthy service contract? Well, if you are living in the U.S. that is just too damn bad. The FAQ section of Apple’s website lists the question: “Can I buy an iPhone without an AT&T contract?” And, according to the FAQ, the answer to that question is “no.” The site reads that the purchasing of an iPhone from Apple “requires a two-year AT&T wireless service contract.” We’re not quite sure why you can pay out the nose for a contract-free iPhone in Canada and Mexico, but not right here in the good ol’ U-S of A. Although, Apple has been known to do things that defy common logic from time to time. AT&T has stated that it will still sell you an iPhone, off-contract for its full retail value… through its retail stores only. Anyone out there been thwarted in trying to purchase an iPhone for the full price from Apple?
UPDATE: Apple was kind enough to point out that we (along with everyone else who published this story) were in fact… wrong. Apple is still offering full-priced iPhones for those who do not want to be locked-in to a two-year contract. Apologies for the mis-information.