da5id: I popped into Telecom at Westfield Manukau today and talked to the guy there about buying an iPhone 5 outright *waves*
He said there was no such thing. Only iPhones on contract. I begged to differ and pointed him to geekzone and this thread, which we both checked out instore, and which shows posts about buying at Telecom stores and DSE stores.
He still found it hard to believe, saying that the phones could only be sold on contract and found it hard to believe that DSE were selling them at all.
I wandered across the road to DSE and they were indeed selling them, but had all sold out :(
I think the DSE guy said they'd sold 16 or 20 in the last few days and they were taking customer orders for them.
So, there's a lot of conflicting information out there. The outright bought phones are definitely out in the wild but some Telecom stores aren't aware of it, or perhaps some stores are selling them outright without permission?
That is a pity, but I am sure you will find that it is an exception. I am at Telecom and us, and the stores all get the new info.
You can buy an Phone 5 on an Open Smartphone plan, which has no contract, and they are very good. While off course Telecom wants you to stay with them, its not on contract.