Yeah, the 32GB 3GS is $699 I believe without contract.
I was under the impression you still have to get a 2 year contract regardless. If you read the fine print on the AT&T site it says a 2 year contract is required. Regardless of the price you pay. The $699 price would come into play only if you were not eligible for the better pricing but that also locks you up for 2 years.
I don't think so. AT&T is advertising the 599/699 as the "no commitment" price point, so I would think it would be exactly that. If they're making people sign contracts, that's completely contradictory as to what "no commitment pricing" means.
Here is a link on the AT&T website:
iPhone 3G S Frequently Asked Questions
From the article:
Customers who wish to purchase an iPhone 3G S or iPhone 3G without signing a new two-year agreement may do so at the no-commitment price.
I was just at my local WalMart and they had 8gb and 16gb 3G's with no contract. I believe they were $297 and $349, respectively.
I highly doubt those were the correct prices. Those may be early upgrade prices, but not no commitment. Look at the link I posted for pricing. Apple and AT&T dictate the prices for these phones, not Walmart or any other franchise.
The prices for new contracts were $99 and $149, early upgrades were $199 and $249. These are just the 3G models, not 3GS.
I could be wrong of course, but the sales guy there said they'd been sitting on a pretty large overstock of them for the last few weeks and will not be getting 3GS's in until they sell that pile down.
I stand corrected. The salesman I talked to previously led me to believe to that the $297 price was for buying the phone without a contract... apparently that's for contract holders without an upgrade option.
I guess I'm back to trying to buy a used iPhone