US consumers who want the new iPhone but cannot or do not want to sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T will eventually be able to buy it for an extra $400. Apple says the new iPhone will go on sale July 11 at $199 for the model with 8 gigabytes of storage and $299 for the 16-gigabyte version. These prices apply to customers signing up for a two-year AT&T contract.
Those who don't want to be locked into such a contract can buy the iPhone for $599 or $699 as long as they sign up for some kind of AT&T wireless subscription, AT&T said on Tuesday. However, it could not say when the option would become available.