Purchase an iPhone 3G S Without a Contract

iPhone 3G S It seems the people over at iTalkiPhone have found a way to purchase an iPhone 3G S straight from the Apple Store…contract free. You obviously do not get the subsidized price of $199 and $299 however, if you are looking for a way to get the iPhone 3G S contract free, this might be a way to do it. It does taking a little bit of a work-around on Apple’s website. Here is what you would need to do:

You need Firefox + Firebug (www.getfirebug.com)

1. Go to any non-apple product in the store.apple.com (e.x: http://store.apple.com/us/product/TV…mco=NjM0MTMwMw)

2. Click on the little FireBug icon on the bottom of the screen, now Firebug pops up and Click “Inspect”, and choose the “Add to cart Icon”

3. In firebug, right above where it’s highlighted, you should see “”. Click on “TV943VC/A” and change it to the value of the iPhone you want:

iPhone 3G 8GB ($499): MB046LL/A
iPhone 3GS 16GB Black ($599): MB715LL/A
iPhone 3GS 16GB White ($599): MB716LL/A
iPhone 3GS 32GB Black ($699): MB717LL/A
iPhone 3GS 32GB White ($699): MB718LL/A

4. Now click on the Add to Cart button, and the iPhone should be in your cart. Proceed to buy it if you want.

I personally have not tried this, I have an AT&T contract I am going to upgrade through, so I have no idea if it actually works or not. You might end up with an iPhone that is locked and can only be activated through a carrier or you might not receive it at all or an iPhone 3G S will show up on your doorstep ready to go with no contract….who knows! Let us know in the comments if you are one of the brave enough to give it a shot.

Check out the forum thread HERE. It contains screenshots of the process as well.

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  1. Hey Brooke! Any idea as to why i cant change my lockscreen wallpaper even when winterboard is completely deactivated. Even the extension is turned of in sbsettings. I want to change my backgound to one of my photos! Please help and thank u

  2. iLove my iPhone says

    2 new “features” in 3.0 as part of apples 100+ new features: about page in settings lists app # and fetch new data option now moved to mail tab

  3. I really want to try this but I’m afraid it will be a waste of 600 BUCKS!!!!!

  4. Pineappleshow says

    Hey Doug with your iPhone on 3.0 do you notise that the battery level is going down very quickly? Because with mine on 3.0 it does. I watched 3 youtube videos and the battery level went down by 15%. i left it in stanby over night and the battery was drained by 25% the next morning. How am I supposed to get the 5 hours of internet use claimed by Apple? Or is it because I have wifi, 3G and push turned on all the time?

  5. i tried it but doesnt work..that link also is no good…


  7. thanks so much. If the order goes through, i jut made an easy 1000us on ebay!!

    • also where did you find this out?
      I am going to use the money to by me a legit att contract ha.

  8. Well, it sounds great, but let’s analyze something… Firebug do changes the HTML code on every page you tell it to do it, but I may guess it only modifies it on your browser… Do you think it would be that easy to modify apple’s store??? What you are doing by modifying the product code is only changing the displying product on the shopping cart, but the script that purchase it is not been changed at all, so if you select, for example, an iPod shuffle, then change the HTML stuff with firebug, you’ll see that you are buying a 32GB iPhone, but what you’re really buying is an iPod shuffle… This is my humble opinion, it might be wrong…

    • your changing the product code..so you can get the iphone ..i called apple and they said it works..and they check my order for me after i did it this way..and said i have a iphone 3gs on its way…SWEET…so it must work..i got proof..lol

  9. Did you guys receive the email confirmation after you’ve placed the order? I placed my order too, but I have not received any email confirmation. I called Apple and they said all iphone orders are being on hold for ATT eligibility verification :(. So I don’t know what would happen on June 19th.

  10. Lin Brand says

    Apple sells the 3gS at “no commitment: pricing for $599 and $699 to anyone without a 2 year contract. It means you can go to AT&T and activate on a month to month basis. The phone is not activated when you receive it. From what I can tell, you are doing all that just to get what you can get in any Apple store…….??????????

  11. iquanyin says

    if you happen to be on oahu, go to chinatown. go from waikiki, down hotel (once in chinatown) and turn left one block past smith. across from “skippy’s” (24 hr convience store) is a little (unlisted in phone book) store called hawaii wireless. they’ll sell you a new phone–but prepwnd. full price. box and all. you can get a tmo contract too. (this is how my friend and i bought 2 phones each).

  12. Link doesn’t work!

  13. guys can i go to applestore and purchase the iphone 3gs at no commitment price?
    and not activate it @ at&t?jailbreak it and download the new sofware all for 700$
    is that possible?

  14. I just tried this an it does not work anymore apple already fixed this bug.

  15. I just tried and it seems that apple fixed this hack … :(

  16. alex Klett says

    I did this a couple weeks ago, bought phone for 730, unlocked and jailbroke it, and now i sold it for 900 bucks! looks like it isn’t working any more. rats

  17. why not just buy with contract and then cancel your contract and pay the 200 (199+200=399, etc)? wouldnt that work?

  18. Jakookie says

    Dave, if you cancel in the first month you have to return the phone, and if you cancel after the 1st month then you’d have to pay for 2 months of voice & data service and don’t forget the activation fee. so you’re pretty much looking at the same price.

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  20. iphone expert says

    I bought mine for 700$ without contract. Was it a sensible thing 2 do?

  21. from where did you buy 700$ without contract?

      Im selling it at Malaysia RM3200 and there is so many people waiting in the line..
      cool ;)

  22. It worked but it took me to the Check eligibility page.



  23. I am in India. I want to buy a iphone 3GS in US and use it here. Is it possible? How much will it cost me?

  24. medusa ermitanyo says

    i hate the iphone contract plan!!! why dont you just sell the iphone contract free!! much lesser headache and much buyer to buy!!!

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