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Apple to Sell 3G iPhone Off-Contract

Last week news broke that AT&T was rumored to soon be offering the iPhone off contract (albeit for a hefty price). Today Apple announced that come Thursday at 8am, it would be selling the iPhone off contract.

Apple retail stores will be offering the iPhone 3G at the full, non-subsidized price of $599 for the 8GB version and $699 for the 16GB models.

While it’s great news for those looking forward to a new iPhone (ahem), Apple and AT&T’s decision to offer the device off contract at such a high price is probably not going to shift too many phones.

We’re still looking forward to a June-release of the latest iPhone (along with improved battery life, first and foremost) but we definitely think the two companies need to kick it up a notch when it comes to selling off inventory, especially with the next one hitting shelves this summer. Who would want to pay $600 for an iPhone when they can get a brand spanking new one, which will likely cost less?

All that said, one really important thing to note is that when buying from Apple, there is no need to have a previous AT&T contract. AT&T’s off contract ‘no-commit’ deal is only open to existing customers. Any T-Mobile customers considering picking one of these puppies up and just unlocking it?