The Consumerist heard from a tipster that the Apple iPhone will be very expensive if it will become available without Cingular contract:
As a employee of a company I cannot mention but that sells the majority of cingular phones that are sold in this country. I can tell this to you in hopes of you passing it on to all my die hard mac loving brothers. The iPhone will be available without a contract, that is if it comes to us via cingular. We will not have a product with at $$$ price tag that people are willing to outright buy on our shelves just sit on those shelves just because of "contracts". I'm not saying it won't be f*ing expensive but if it comes here it will be available. If not publicly at least in practice.
What do we want to wager a contract-free Cingular phone to cost? $1600 $700? A pretty penny, but not having the hassle of dealing with Cingular's crappy network and anti-consumer policies might make up the difference.