Apple's retail stores can release AT&T iPhones if the unlocked pile runs low
Of course, this will still run you $649 for the 16GB version, and the healthy $749 for a 32GB version, but it's nice to have options. These prices are fairly indicative of how much carriers are paying to subsidize an iPhone so you can grab it at $199 with a two-year contract, resulting in Apple's fat operating margins, but that's a whole different topic.
The note in Apple's Retail Project Manager actually says to sell any of the AT&T iPhone 4's SKUs, and mark it as "Device Only" upon checkout, which it seems automagically unlocks the device for use with any SIM card you throw at it.
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4732; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Apple is clearing stock ahead of the launch of the new iPhone in September....
2. Su-Rio (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 May 2011)
they should sell the iphones for double on-contract price... like 16gb = 400$, then even more people would buy it... and i think apple would make more money by eliminating the stocks of iphone 4, then in sept, release an iphone for all carriers to make even more money
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4732; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Why sell the phone for less if you are running out of stock? They have a quick way to convert AT&T-locked phones to unlocked GSM world phones. If they are selling out, why should they sell the phones for less?