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Contract-free iPhone's available direct from Apple

Following rumors last week about AT&T offering contract-free iPhones to customers, Apple Retail Stores have now begun selling the devices without the need for a contract. You can now walk into an Apple store, purchase an 8GB or 16GB iPhone 3G, and take it home with you. What you do afterwards is up to you. You can also buy online, through the Apple website.

Apple are selling the 8GB models for $599 and the 16GB just a hundred dollars more, at $699, and also available in white. Not a bad deal eh? But why have Apple suddenly decided to offer this?

As I said yesterday, this year’s WWDC has been planned for the 8th – 12th June. We expect to see iPhone OS 3.0 emerge, along with more information on Snow Leopard. But turning back to the iPhone, with OS 3.0, rumors suggest a third version of the phone will appear, too. Software firmware 2.0 came out alongside the iPhone 3G, so it makes sense.

So, are Apple trying to lower their stock levels of the iPhone 3G to make way for a new device in the summer? The lengthy contracts offered turned many people away—people who may now be interested in buying the phone. They’re sure to sell, and if they’ve got their numbers right, they’d sell the last few iPhone 3Gs around, 7th June? Just a guess, but it’s a likely option, I’d say.

Via [TUAW]

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  • Boca Boi 786

    NEW IPHONE…YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH

    But you should really know that in your article twice you stated "Apple are…" and "are Apple"

    apple is not a plural word…it is a singular word…and it also is a brand name so that makes it singular too…so it should be "Apple is…" & "is Apple…"

    sorry buy my mother is a paralegal and I have had to deal with that my whole life…so I just thought I would share with you…

    can't wait for a new iphone

  • Ed Parry

    @Boca Boi 786 – Thanks for pointing that out. As obvious as you made it sound, it can be hard to distinguish. In conversation, people would usually say "Oh, Apple are releasing that new phone!" Although the correct way would be to us 'is'. Always learning :)

  • Kirk Hiner

    @Boca – That's the case in the U.S. In England, where Ed's from, I've been taught that it's generally the reverse. I always used to think it was wrong on British CDs where the credits list "Duran Duran are…" or "Queen are…" Queen is a band, singular, after all, but the distinction is that it's a band composed of people, plural, and in some countries, it's therefore viewed as plural.

    Now, I could be wrong, and I hope I am because it would make my life as an editor a lot less complicated if I only have one set of rules about which to be concerned. But until I'm told otherwise, I'll just view it as an anomaly in how different cultures handle language.

  • Boca Boi 786

    @Kirk Hiner

    well here is my problem…the fact of the matter is…this article doesn’t show any of the British English signs in any other matter…the fact is…from my understanding that Appletell is an American publication as is Apple an American corporation…and since we are dealing with American English we need to be using American grammar rules…not British…

    see this is where I have issues with most of the blog articles out there because there is no real editor rules being used…I know that every day I read article after article that is filled with grammar, spelling, tense, and outright the wrong words being used and it is annoying…

    the fact is we are all human and make mistakes but in this day and age of computers to help us in so many ways…I see people just allowing the computer to be the editor and not bother to check it themselves or they are not allowing the computer to help them in the process

    an entity is a singular noun…and if in British english they do things differently that’s fine but from what I see from this article is American

    Fact is AT&T DOESN’T EXIST IN THE UK

    the article is about 2 American companies and therefore American English should be used

  • Ed Parry

    @Boca – I understand what you're saying. Yes, I'm British writing for an American website. I use American English as much as possible when writing, but very occasionally I may slip up. I don't take the easy route and write in my natural British English, but instead use American spellings and grammar.

    The error made here is noted and will not appear again, although it is quite a minor detail, wouldn't you say?

  • Kirk Hiner

    Fair enough, Boca. It's something I've wrestled with for some time now, but I've personally made the decision to not "Americanize" my overseas writers. I don't see it as an American story simply because it's about two American companies, I see it was an English writer covering two companies that are relevant worldwide, and the outlet for the article is available worldwide. Ed isn't writing the article specifically for an American audience, and I therefore won't treat it as such.

    I understand your frustration, though. I graduated college with a B.S. in English with teacher certification. I'm often appalled at what gets published on the web these days, and although mistakes do sometimes slip past us here at Appletell, I hope it shows that we do take our content seriously.

  • Boca Boi 786

    @Ed…thank you for replying to my message…

    and thank you for acknowledging the difference…the fact of the matter is it is a real big deal here in America…and from foreign languages I have studied it is even more important

    Tense is major in grammar and if I were to have written a paper using those mistakes I would have failed my assignment here in the US…

    I agree with Kirk that it is an international story…tho not really a big deal…and I'm sorry that I kinda blew this out of proportion but to me it gets so annoying reading articles and having to stop and figure out exactly what they were trying to say because the editing is terrible…not saying that Appletell is terrible but to me it was a huge faux pas…for an American publication

    besides how was I to know that you were in England…there was no other British signs in the spelling or type of the article…and being that they are 2 American companies being written about I just assumed that it was an American article

    thanks again

  • Geek Girl

    Gosh look at that.
    Grammar Nazism from someone who believes 'tho' is a real word and '…' is the ssame a full stop.
    Oh, sorry. American website. I meant 'period'.
    *rollseyes*

  • Boca Boi 786

    @Geek Girl…who the hell are you to talk crap to me…I wasn’t talking to you and therefore don't need your comments…

    the fact of the matter is I am not writing an article for publication at this time…I am commenting on the grammar in the article and when you are in a world where "LOL" "ur" etc is common place "tho" is a real word…get a grip and speak when spoken to…

    and as far as the "…" it means the continuation of a thought…and it is how I write in these blog comments…and it is none of your concern

    want to get technical "the ssame a full stop" is that even a complete thought?
    if you are using a Mac I'm sure it has spell check and no matter what English you are writing in "ssame" isn't a word…and your sentence didn’t even make any sense

    be gone

  • Boca Boi 786

    @British

    I really don't want anyone to get the wrong idea about my feelings about the British…I adore your country and people…your rich history…and your beautiful architecture

    not to mention if it wasn’t for the British…we would not be the Americans we are today

    no matter what our combined history is we are who we are because of those that came before us and if the UK and USA had not endured what history has shown us then we would not have the progress as super nations that we have today…

    I would love to visit your country and enjoy your heritage someday

    again please don't get this as a British beating…cuz it isn't

    thank you