Telekom puts unlocked iPhone on sale
21 November 2007, Bonn - The Apple iPhone, officially on sale in only three nations, went on sale unlocked in Germany Wednesday for 999 euros (1,470 dollars), Deutsche Telekom said.
21 November 2007
Bonn - The Apple iPhone, officially on sale in only three nations, went on sale unlocked in Germany Wednesday for 999 euros (1,470 dollars), Deutsche Telekom said.
The telco was responding to a Monday court order which ruled that locking iPhone users into Telekom's T-Mobile wireless network breaches German commercial law. The locked version is to remain on sale at 399 euros.
There has been a thriving trade in US-sourced unlocked iPhones, but Apple says the warranty is void if the software has been hacked. Telekom also contends that the unauthorized imports are illegal under German radio law.
A T-Mobile spokesman said the company had no choice but to offer an unlocked version without any T-Mobile calling plan. Its rival, Vodafone, won the temporary injunction at the start of the week from a court in Hamburg.
Telekom lawyers are attempting to overturn the ruling.
Some iPhone users are keen to use cheaper flat-rate calling plans offered by Vodafone and other companies. However few are expected to do so if the iPhone itself costs 999 euros.
US-based Apple receives a percentage of the revenues from Telekom's premium-priced calling plan. The iPhone is effectively an iPod music player with a wealth of new features including phoning and web search.
The Telekom spokesman said some features of the German version of the iPhone would be inoperable without T-Mobile service.
Subject: German news