Tuesday, July 1, 2008

iPhone to be unlocked only when purchased

Latest news coming from AT&T. It seems that you will definitely need to get some sort of subscription from AT&T if you're getting an iPhone.

It sells for USD199/299 if you're getting it with a 2 year contract. However, if you do not want the 2 year contract, you will have to pay USD599/699 provided you subscribe to some kind of service from AT&T.

Judging from this news, I can safely say that iPhones definitely need to be activated by the provider upon sale. That means there is almost no way you can get an iPhone without subscribing to some sort of service from the provider.

Fast forwarding to what Singtel might do, I would say it will closely mirror what AT&T is doing. My guess is still that the iPhone plan will be bundled the voice together with the data plan by default. Price of iPhone? Cheapest 299SGD?? Hmmm....

Anyway, seems like there's still no news on when is Singtel launching the iPhone. No news from Starhub and M1 too. Wonder how the other countries will react on July 11.

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