German consumers eager to obtain an unlocked phone can still go to bordering
France and purchase an iPhone from France Telecoms Orange service provider.
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Deutsche Telekoms TMobile unit is back offering locked iPhones on an exclusive
contract basis Tuesday after a German court dismissed an earlier injunction of
two weeks ago that led to a brief period in which the mobile phone was offered
on a standalone basis.
DT said it will now offer iPhones with contracts exclusively. During the period
the injunction was in effect, TMobile, the largest mobile phone service
provider in Germany, offered unlocked iPhones for $1,481, a price high enough to
The injunction had been sought by Vodafone, the secondlargest mobile phone
service provider in Germany.
At the conclusion of a twoyear contact, iPhone owners in Germany will be free
to unlock their phones.
German consumers eager to obtain an unlocked phone, however, still have an
option they can go to bordering France and purchase an iPhone from France
Telecoms Orange service provider for $964. Telecommunications regulations vary
from country to country in Europe and French regulations paved the way for
Orange to offer unlocked iPhones.
Orange began selling its iPhone in France last week and in addition to twoyear
contracts it has shorter plans, including some that permit a purchaser of the
mobile phone to unlock the phone after a shorter time period. The fact that
Apples Steve Jobs presided over iPhone media extravaganzas in Germany and the
U.K., but boycotted the iPhone introduction in France, hasnt been lost to
observers. Oranges break in Apples exclusive iPhonecontract appears to be the
first leak in the Apple iPhone business model.