In the WWDC ’08 keynote addressSteve Jobs announced that the iPhone 3G would be available for $199. Naturally this was a cause of excite for many who were looking to purchase the iPhone. The news also caused speculation because many believed that it would be difficult […]

In the WWDC ’08 keynote addressSteve Jobs announced that the iPhone 3G would be available for $199. Naturally this was a cause of excite for many who were looking to purchase the iPhone. The news also caused speculation because many believed that it would be difficult to get an iPhone to use with another carriet. AT&T went out of its way, and rightfully so, to make sure that the iPhone 3G would be extremely difficult to unlock. In-store activationwas a requirement for those looking to purchase the low priced iPhone.

If you’ve been wondering how you can score an unlocked iPhone 3G your worries are over. According to the Washington Post, If you want to use the iPhone with your own mobile provider all you have to do is pay the price of an unsubsidized iPhone. You can purchase the iPhone 3G without a contract. How much will the iPhones cost. The 8GB is available for $599 and the 16GB will be available for $699.

Some consider the price high, but It’s not if you really think about it. Most mobile phone in the U.S. are subsidized phones which cost you less up front. Mobile carriers monthly make up the difference through monthly subscription fees. My LG was free when I signed my two-year contract with Verizon. AT&T users who upgrade to the iPhone 3G can expect to pay a minimum of $70 per month for the life of the two-year contract. You pay less up front, but you end up paying more over the life of the contract. I’d rather pay the full price up front.

I wasn’t happy when Apple decided to use AT&T as the only mobile carrier for the iPhone here within the U.S. Sorry Apple, as much as I like the iPhone I’m not switching to AT&T. I vacation in South Carolina several times each year. The area I vacation is rural, and the connection AT&T offers in this area is poor. I rely on phone calls, and the internet for my business so switching to AT&T is not an option.

The recent announcement changes things considerably although the iPhone 3G is still locked AT&T users who would like to unlock the iPhone to use with their preferred mobile carrier won’t have to go through as many obstacles.

Would you pay full price for an iPhone 3G? Let us know in the comment section.

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  1. Switching to AT&T is not an option? What would work better? Not T-Mobile, the only other GSM carrier in the USA. Verizon won’t work with the iPhone because there phones are CDMA.

    Also the $600 and $700 phones are sold without a contract, which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are sold unlocked.

  2. bluemarlin1402 Monday, July 7, 2008

    It amazes me how uninformed supposed writers are. An unsubsidized iphone IS NOT an unlocked iphone. This article is based on completely untrue information.

    1. So what, unlocking can be done in 30 minutes by anyone with access to google!

  3. I read they are still locked even with PrePay. Exclusive deal for 5 years. 4 to go.

    I wouldn’t buy it unsubsidized. Way too much. I’m thinking of asking someone who needs an AT&T contract anyway but has a phone for a favor :P

  4. Opal Tribble Monday, July 7, 2008

    I should have been clearer regarding that yes it is still locked to the AT&T network, as I mentioned in the last paragraph, but it is possible to unlock it to use with other carriers. If the first iPhone is any indication, it will only be a matter of time before the iPhone 3G is unlocked so it can be used with other mobile carriers.

    Personally I think I’ll wait until it is open to other mobile carriers before I make the purchase.

  5. Even if you pay full price, and assuming it is unlocked, you still are limited to T-Mobile in the US (though you can hook up with other PAYG choices around the world). So it’s not like you save $70; you still need to pay a fee for voice and data service and right now, I don’t see T-Mobile’s rates (monthly or PAYG) being much less (if at all).

    Thus, I can see only 5 reasons for going unlocked:
    1. You use it overseas most of the time.
    2. You don’t want to pay for voice (i.e. use data only), though I’m not sure AT&T or T-Mobile allow this.
    3. You don’t want to pay for data (i.e. use voice only)
    4. You want to use T-Mobile’s service and coverage.
    5. You want to use PAYG, instead of a monthly fixed fee.

  6. The quality of writing keeps going down and down on this site – not just the fact that the article wasn’t proofread, but that the whole article is not researched!

    Just about ready to take TAB off my blogroll. I am curious to know whether the author was paid to write this article!

  7. I live/travel all over South Carolina and the AT&T coverage has never given me any problems. Trust me, I’ve been to the most rural places you can get. You should find someone with AT&T and give it another shot.

  8. Kyle Chowning Monday, July 7, 2008

    i certainly would not buy it at that price. phones of the same type can be purchased for, at most, $400-500.

    Purchase prices of $600-700 just isn’t an option. Let’s be real. It’s still a phone. It can be dropped (literally) and dead in an instant.

    Moreover, phones are disposable. Apple proves that by offering a new version only a year after they launch the original.

    Unless your money bags, dropping 600-700 on a toy that you’ll use and replace in another year isn’t realistic for me…especially in this economy.

    1. I had to reply to this message I live in Florida and gothrough major farm land an rarely lose connection

      also I have dropped the phone from high about 20 times the shell is cracked. I have left the iPhone out in the 95 degree florida summer heat for hours and in the rain I know when I seen it I knew it was broken I plugged it in and it came right on a works perfect still

      so the iPhone is an extremely well made device

      I found this site and am typing on my iPhone and would like to say I am fine with AT&T just wish mms wasn’t not here

  9. A subsidized phone doesn’t mean you’re covered any better than with a $600 phone. With a subsidized phone you _DO_ pay the full price for the phone over the subscription time and if you break the phone during the contract, you loose as well. Subsidized phones are all about keeping the customers for 18-24 months and how to arrange the financing, just like buying vs. leasing a car.

    iPhone 3G unsubsidized price is in-line with the best phone from e.g. Samsung and Nokia. They are high-end phones with high-end pricing and Steve Jobs’ $199 was just pure marketing without any substance. He could have said $1 if AT&T would subsidize the phone even more, with higher monthly fees.

    Selling the iPhone 3G for unsubsidized price but locked to a certain carrier is just plain wrong, almost criminal.

    I’ve never had a subsidized phone, I have changed by carrier a few times and I don’t remember that I would have used the same phone for more than 18 months. Almost all the old phones have found a new home, either through a auction site or to friends and family. And yes, I’m interested to buy the iPhone 3G but I won’t be doing the local carrier’s 24-month contract.

  10. T-mobile IS significantly less expensive in my experience. I have my wife using an unlocked iphone on t-mobile and her monthly bill is $54 (us). This includes 1500 talk minutes and unlimited data via the 4.99$ t-zones service (now I think it’s 5.99$).

    This is ridiculously cheaper then the prices I see published for AT&T iphone users which seem way too expensive to me.

    Also this article never mentions that the 3G feature isn’t going to work on T-mobile, because as far as I know t-mobile has no 3G network to speak of in the US.

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