I’m surprised this didn’t happen earlier. You can now go into an Apple store, fork over a few Benjamins, and walk out with an iPhone, contract-free, although the device is still locked into AT&T’s network. You can only buy one a day, though, I suppose to prevent people from buying a few hundred and building a fort of out of them.
Good news for some, non-news for others. And just as a reminder: 3G 8GB, $499; 3GS 16GB, $599; 3GS 32GB, $699.