Speculation: Contract-Free iPhones Unlikely to Launch

At iPhone Matters, Tanner Godarzi raises the question of whether it’s possible to purchase an iPhone without committing to a new contract, hinting that stores with surplus stock might offer this flexibility. However, I’m skeptical.

Advertisements explicitly mention that a minimum new 2-year activation plan is required. Godarzi also proposes the possibility of integrating an iPhone into an existing AT&T contract, which seems slightly more feasible.

The absence of clear contract information is deterring many potential buyers from making a purchase.

How many individuals have you heard express concerns about affordability? “I might buy an iPhone—if it turns out I can afford it,” they say. With speculations about $70 monthly data plans, the cost could indeed be prohibitive.


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