Best way to get iPhone without contract?

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  1. bozeefus

    bozeefus New Member

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    After a week of Craiglist browsing and talking with countless incompetent sellers, people wanting me to meet in shady areas known for crime, etc etc
    I'm thinking my best option to obtain iPhone is through AT&T directly. I also plan on using it on T-mobile.

    As far as I know, here is the total cost of getting iPhone without contract:

    iphone 3g 8gb - 200
    one month service - 70
    activation fee - 36
    cancellation fee - 175
    total = 481 :x

    Of course, you can buy a refurbed for 100
    so price drops to 381 accordingly

    Are there any fees I'm missing? Are my numbers right?

    thanks for your time!


    EDIT:

    after much contemplation, i decided that i won't be getting the iphone at all. i am pretty content with my ipod touch and don't mind carrying a phone with me. also, i just realized my t-mobile contract is up so i could pick up a nice blackberry at no charge

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    if you guys would like to do this, i have more detailed offerings listed on another forum. u can go check it out at:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=657146&highlight=t-mobile iphone contract

    good luck getting an iphone out of contract!
  2. jhloa2

    jhloa2 Member

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    you could steal one

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    (just kidding don't do it)

    threaten to stand outside of the at&t store with a sign if they sell one to you without a contract

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  3. x.pain.x

    x.pain.x New Member

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    Buy one from UK? They sell them without contract

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  4. Spetnaz0

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    MikeBoi New Member

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    You cam buy them in the UK Without Contract. I nearly did. But i got a Touch, and some others gadgets instead

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  6. lukage

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  7. bozeefus

    bozeefus New Member

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    why would i buy a used one for a higher price? LOL.

    and sorry, i rather not buy international. the exchange rate will kill me:
    1.00 GBP = 1.44763 USD

    which would be around $500
  8. ianoreo

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    I went craigslist, eBay has some but they are more pricey.
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    Why not just use it on AT&T? T-Mobile sucks
  10. mohaas05

    mohaas05 New Member

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    Why don't you actually be helpful in this thread?

    Craigslist would seem like the most likely place. There might be some obscure shops somewhere that sell them unlocked but good luck finding them.

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