TmoNews has just gotten word that the unreleased and unannounced HTC G2 will be priced at $199 with a 2-year contract and $499 without on T-Mobile. The intel comes via a screen shot of T-Mobile’s internal TeamLine system. No real surprises here; after all, $199 is the smartphone sweet spot for high-end devices. Now all we need is an official unveiling and some detailed specifications. More →
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.
For those of you who were completely underwhelmed by the realities of Project Dark and have a fear of post-paid contract rate plans, T-Mobile has something new for you. Say hello to “T-Mobile Complete.” T-Mobile Complete, and the accompanying “Complete Kits”, will come with the phone of your choice and, uh, well…that’s about it. No contracts, commitments, or legalities involved. Now, we know what you are thinking, why is this news? Well, T-Mobile has stated that the BlackBerry 8520 will be included in these plans as well, and for the first time in the States you can get yourself a BlackBerry device and not be locked into a contract. Sounds good to us. Details are still scarce on the exact pricing of the 8520 and the accompanying pre-paid plan, but we’ve heard that the kits will start at $59 with unlimited talk plans starting around $50/month. What do you guys think? Good idea? No details on the T-Mobile website just yet, but you can hit the jump to read about the release.