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Can you buy an iPhone without the phone plan?


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I am interested in the iPhone, but I only want to use its functions that are not phone related. It seems like you have to buy a phone plan though. Is it possible to just buy the iPhone, not register it, and use it for its calender, videos, and other apps?
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why not buy an ipod touch? has those features w/o having the phone.
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Yes - i bought mine in July 08 without any plan and still operate without one. WiFi at home and on the road works for me.
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why not buy an ipod touch? has those features w/o having the phone.
I agree. Why not just purchase an iPod Touch? Sure, there are a few things you can't do on the iTouch that you can on the iPhone (independent of having a cell connection) but is it really worth the expense (buying an unlocked iPhone is going to be pricey)?

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Agreed, especially now with the significantly larger capacity iPod Touches, you can get up to 64GB of storage for everything, better battery life and save for the phone functionality everything is available..

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3gs - $200
Touch - $200

3GS is better because I can eventually get a phone plan and pick the color I want. The touch is silver and does not look good. White is nice.

If I would go the route of getting the iPhone, could I buy the phone at an Apple store or somewhere else?
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The $200 is subsidized by the carrier which means you have to sign a contract. As you will note on AT&T's website, to get a $200 16GB 3GS, you are required to get a 2 year contract. For me to get a 16GB 3GS for $200, I would have to get a three year contract (see here).

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And once you get the subsidized plan, you've got AT&T hooking you in with the mandatory $30/month data plan in addition to whatever plan you choose.

The only way to get a iPhone without this is to get an unlocked phone off of Ebay or something, and then the price is more like $350 for the 3G and easily $550-600 for the 3GS..

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And once you get the subsidized plan, you've got AT&T hooking you in with the mandatory $30/month data plan in addition to whatever plan you choose.

The only way to get a iPhone without this is to get an unlocked phone off of Ebay or something, and then the price is more like $350 for the 3G and easily $550-600 for the 3GS..

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Ouch. That sucks. Thanks for the info.
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