You might recall, during last year's Christmas shopping season, big-box stores like Best Buy and Wal-mart offered discounts on new iPhones. Did I say "discounts?" I meant to say "insultingly minimal price reductions that still didn't offset the whopping big AT&T service contract."
Amateurs. The Death Star is now pointing and laughing at your "discounts."
Over on AT&T's Wireless site,* you can now get refurbished iPhones at half-price, with the two-year voice and data contract.
Yes, I will repeat that into your "good ear:" FIFTY PERCENT OFF UNCLE STEVE'S DO-EVERYTHING SMART PHONE. Eight-giggers for US$99.00. Full sixteens for US$149.00. Hell, there are video gaming consoles that cost more than that, and they don't even make phone calls.
Now, if that's still beyond your budget, the refurb department has other whiz-bang deals (like a US$429.00 Blackberry Curve for no dollars whatsoever!). But c'mon:
It's an iPhone.
Do the math, shop like a yenta, and get in with the cool kids. Just be glad they're not using this guy to convince you to buy one:
* If this link doesn't work right, just go to the AT&T Wireless main page and click on "Packages & Deals."