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  • Germany Gets Unlocked iPhones with No Contract



    It's unlikely that many die-hard Apple fans will relocate to Germany on account of this... but some may consider it. Germany, it seems, is the place to be to effortlessly get your hands on a new iPhone 4 (or iPhone 3GS ) that's unlocked and without a contract. As of today, German iPhone customers have what many in the US have been clamoring for - the loss of carrier exclusivity and the arrival of unlocked iPhones readily available for purchase.

    In Germany, however, it is T-Mobile that is losing its exclusivity as O2 and Vodafone will now join the party and cater to current or prospective iPhone owners. The German version of Apple's online store now reflects the change and spotlights unlocked, no-strings attached iPhones (3GS and iPhone 4). According to Apple, the iPhone will work with "the wireless carrier of your choice."

    Although reports and rumors have lingered about carrier expansion in the US since AT&T was first announced as the exclusive carrier of the iPhone, there is still no concrete evidence to suggest the situation will change any time soon in the coming months. The appetite, however, for carrier expansion has never been greater. And for some, that strong demand is all the evidence they need to believe that carrier expansion will eventually happen.

    German Apple Online Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Germany Gets Unlocked iPhones with No Contract started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. iD3nn1s's Avatar
      iD3nn1s -
      we have it in canada too
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      We also have this in the uk, A little over priced but still
    1. XenoSaber's Avatar
      XenoSaber -
      Is it me or does that say that the 3G is only 19 euros?? Typo maybe, since the 4's are 629 & 739? So is it real or is it memorex?

      Oh, nevermind that's a 5 in front of the 1!! :-)
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      739 Euros for 32GB that's a lot. In Europe prices are crazy but i'd love to get my hands on one of those factory unlocked ones.
    1. sub zero's Avatar
      sub zero -
      wtf...its cheaper to get the phone in the UK lol
    1. Tommer's Avatar
      Tommer -
      nothing new here, here in Belgium we've had them at the same prices since july.
    1. CaptBojank's Avatar
      CaptBojank -
      Over 1000 USD for an iphone? blah!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Most European Countries Apple Stores sell officially unlock iPhones.....but now Germany....woohoo gotta write an article about that!
    1. macman05's Avatar
      macman05 -
      Add New Zealand to the Unlocked / any network list :-)
    1. citopr's Avatar
      citopr -
      YES! USA is next.. I hope.. Wait a minute.. All we have is T-Mobile as a second choice.. and Edge sucks...
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by citopr View Post
      YES! USA is next.. I hope.. Wait a minute.. All we have is T-Mobile as a second choice.. and Edge sucks...
      Pshh...T-Mobile all they're missing is iPhone for me to go back to them and fast network. Edge blows it kills the whole point of having an iphone with them. I guess rumors of t-mobile comeing to them in fall are real RUMORS. Pisses me off !
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by citopr View Post
      YES! USA is next.. I hope.. Wait a minute.. All we have is T-Mobile as a second choice.. and Edge sucks...
      Yes edge does suck, and where I live t mobile sucks.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Dude that sucks
    1. qgshadow's Avatar
      qgshadow -
      Juste drive to Canada and buy one for 600/700 CND$

      It's unlikely that many die-hard Apple fans will relocate to Germany on account of this... but some may consider it. Germany, it seems, is the place to be to effortlessly get your hands on a new iPhone 4
      LOL?
    1. marnix1991's Avatar
      marnix1991 -
      haha i have bought an official iphone unlocked i can use every carrier i want for 750 euro iphone 4 32 gb in belgium ^^
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      U should get it in asia..32gb for 1050..but hve to pre-order..that is like 500euro
    1. Tommer's Avatar
      Tommer -
      Quote Originally Posted by d_animality View Post
      U should get it in asia..32gb for 1050..but hve to pre-order..that is like 500euro
      where can I do that online? sounds interesting!
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      I live in Germany. Here are the facts:
      The iphone 3G is unlocked for O2 AND Vodafone.
      The iphone 4 is sim locked for vodafone.
      The iphone 4 is NOT sim locked for O2.
      The 32 Euro thing is the following:
      You buy a contract with T-mobile, or any other carrier in Germany, and you can (also) buy an unlocked iphone 4. It will cost you 32 Euro a month for 24 months. you do the math.
      If you purchase the O2 iphone with the O2 data plan, you get a whopping 320 MB download at full speed, and then after that, slowed down. I asked the guy who the heck uses only 320MB a month? Are you guys friggin high?
      He promptly went into the party line that most users never come close to that. I told him that number is nowhere near reality. I sign the contract tomorrow, because it IS data flat rate. Now we just need the JB for 4.1 .....

      unlocked iphone 4 anyone? now i have 2!
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      That is crap, If someone was going to get the iPhone 4 from another country then it seems that the UK is better than Germany, I just checked on XE - The World's Favorite Currency and Foreign Exchange Site to see the exchange rate and the current UK online Apple store is selling at 499.00 which in euros is 570.880 EUR which is like 50 cheaper than getting it from Germany.
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      stupid news... first of all who would move to another country just to get an iPhone... wtf?!?!

      and yeah in so many countries in europe you can get officially unlocked iphone with no contract since it was released what's so big bout germany?