I can guarantee you that if you have a valid iPhone account in good standing, you will get the phone for the $199-$299 price.
These ATT people are to be training next week for the new phone and at this point I think they speak on office rumor more than anything.
There are so many things leading to a cheaper product.... Plastic back, reduced quality in screen. Yes, they may all be rumors and I hope they are. Only time will tell. It really does make sense to sell the new iPhone for such a great price if it cost half as much to make.
This was obviously Apple's plan. They saw how great V1 was received and figured why not make it cheaper and we can release it to 70 countries and make it affordable to more people. You will see every 10yr old in the country with an iPhone now.
If you have upgraded your phone recently and receivied your phone for a discounted price, then you will NOT be eligible. You can find out if your time has expired for eligiblilty if you log on to your AT&T account on the website.