03-17-2009 09:34 PM
BB is not able to sell iPhones without a contract, under any circumstances.
If you are an ATT customer who already has an iPhone, and you break/lose it, you can buy a replacement outright from an ATT corp. store. The 16GB is $700. They will NOT sell it to you if you are not currently a customer who already has an iPhone 3G
However, I'm guessing you're not an ATT customer, and are in fact an exporter. In this case, buy it in your home country.
03-18-2009 04:47 PM
We get calls like that all the time. People saying it's cheaper here in the US than it is else where. The problem with people taking them overseas is not only technology compatibility but also updates to the phones. People don't realize that when an update is released for the iphone, the update is programmed to recongnize what carrier the phone is supposed to be on, and wether or not it is actually on that network. If it's not, it'll "brick" the phone, rendering the iphone useless and leaving them with a very expensive paper weight.
Personally, not worth it.