In the world of Apple iPhone news and non-news, take one afternoon off and you'll likely miss a rumor and sometimes even a piece of useful information. Today's first missed tidbit comes in the form of a rumor out of The Boy Genius Report, which has offered up tasty iPhone rumors many a time.
This time, it's the suggestion that AT&T plans to sell the iPhone to customers without requiring them to sign a contract of any kind. The rumor is backed by a screenshot supposedly from an AT&T computer which shows three iPhone plans: postpaid, prepaid, and hybrid.
Though past information out of the The Boy Genius Report has been amongst the most believable out of the iPhone rumor mill, this one is a little hard to swallow. Not only would allowing non-contract customers access to the iPhone be out of character for AT&T/Cingular, who normally limits selection for pre-paid plans to what most would consider second class phones, it could seemingly be the opening of a pandora's box of control issues regarding the distribution and availability of the iPhone.Additionally, AT&T has worked hard to obtain long term US exclusivity of the iPhone. One of the goals of such, presumably, being to lure customers under contract with other US providers to break their relationships with their current provider and launch one with AT&T. Offering the iPhone up to anyone off the street would clearly defeat this.
Who knows? We don't, for sure.