At yesterday's Windows Phone 7 Australian launch, the emphasis was squarely on $0 upfront, 24-month contract details for the new models. But if you don't want that kind of lock-in, you will be able to buy the two models sold by Telstra outright.
The HTC Mozart will sell for $864, and the LG Optimus 7Q for $960. That's at the top end of prices for Android phones, but still broadly comparable (the keyboard on the 7Q is doubtless a factor in the higher price). No word yet from Optus on its outright pricing, while Vodafone hasn't even confirmed plan pricing for the HTC 7 Trophy.