updated 01:45 pm EST, Fri December 10, 2010
Best Buy free iPhone 3GS and Torch deals live
Best Buy today confirmed that its rumored free iPhone 3GS deal is now live. Apple's 8GB phone is free on Friday for those who both visit in-store and who qualify. Although not mentioned, the deal should include both new two-year contracts, second lines and those eligible for a full upgrade.
The bargains also include the BlackBerry Torch, which is similarly free but is being put on sale for much longer, up to and including Christmas Eve. No mention was made of the BlackBerry Curve 3G, which according to leaks would be free starting from December 12.
Best Buy's discount isn't as wide-ranging as the Radio Shack discounts, which covered the iPhone 4, but is the only instance known so far of a current iPhone being offered free on contract in the US. Deals of the sort are common in the more competitive European market, where carriers will give away a phone with a sufficiently expensive monthly plan.
Neither Apple, AT&T nor Best Buy has explained the gesture, though the near-giveaway may be to lock in customers before a Verizon iPhone ships.