The American operator announced today that it will sell the third generation version of Apple’s mobile phone without a loyalty contract. For this, users will have to pay $ 400 above the stipulated price for the contract versions.
So, instead of paying $ 199 or 299 for 8 and 16 GB models, respectively, and being stuck for a two-year loyalty period, consumers can pay $ 599 or $ 699, depending on the model, and use the equipment without any kind of contractual obligation.
In any case, the equipment will be blocked to the network, therefore working only with AT&T, as with the original models.
This strategy will also be used in Europe by Vodafone Italy. The operator announced on its website that it will sell the iPhone without a subscription contract and will increase prices by 499 euros for the 8GB version and 569 euros for the 16 GB version.
In the Portuguese case, there is still no information as to the launch date or price of the equipment. For now, it is only known that Vodafone and Optimus will be the operators responsible for distributing the iPhone in Portugal.
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