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  • O2 to Unlock iPhones After Contracts Expire


    O2 will allow its customers to unlock their iPhones after their current contracts expire, according to Matthew Key, chairman and CEO of O2's parent company, Telefónica.

    In an interview held as part of Times Online's "Ask the Boss" feature, Key left open the question of whether O2 would unlock the phones for their customers, or merely not object if they chose to do so:
    Once the iPhone becomes available on other UK networks, we will allow O2 customers to unlock their iPhones, although of course they will still need to honor any outstanding contract period they have. At the end of their contract period, they are entirely free to move to another operator
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    A reader had asked Key to comment on a rumor that O2 would "not allow people to unlock their iPhone, even if they are out of their contract period." Unlocking phones after contracts expire is much more common in the UK than it is in the US and other markets, so any move by O2 to restrict that ability would be poorly received.

    O2 also offers the so-called "Pay & Go" option for users without a contract, that offers 12 months of unlimited (using the UK definition of that term) web and WiFi, though without Visual Voicemail, call merging or Internet tethering. These users will also be able to unlock after paying a fee of £15.

    As exclusive-carrier arrangements in many countries are increasingly coming to an end, it will be interesting to see which service providers go O2's direction and which don't. O2 clearly thinks that they can hold on to customers by offering low prices, so this move should spur healthy competition in the UK market.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: O2 to Unlock iPhones After Contracts Expire started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 107 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Mine's an O2 phone, I just use it on T-Mobile.

      The ones T-Mob are giving to their valued customers are grey imports not second hand.

      The next iPhone will probably be released in July but anything you hear about it is just rumours.
    1. RickyO's Avatar
      RickyO -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Mine's an O2 phone, I just use it on T-Mobile.
      The ones T-Mob are giving to their valued customers are grey imports not second hand.
      The next iPhone will probably be released in July but anything you hear about it is just rumours.
      Oh i get you with the T-mobile giving grey imports,
      i might as well wait till July and see what happens as i m happy with me Iphone 3g at this point in time.

      thanks confucious
    1. adgp's Avatar
      adgp -
      So just to clarify, if I've only jailbroken and not Ultrasn0wed then I'm ok to o2 unlock?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Provided you activated your phone in iTunes then you will be OK.
      You could JB and UltraSn0w having first activated in iTunes and still be OK.
      You could JB and hactivate and stay on O2, in which case you would not be OK.
      I'm guessing you activated your phone in iTunes first then JB in which case you will be fine.
    1. adgp's Avatar
      adgp -
      Cool Cheers
    1. godsballs's Avatar
      godsballs -
      y does it take 7 days.. what do o2 want to know about me... if i use my iphone imei and someone elses pay and go details will they stil unlock it.

      has anybody unlocked by using someone elses conn details

      have you had any luck

      did they ask for any other information
    1. mmg's Avatar
      mmg -
      i requested an unlock online from o2 the other week, got a text from them saying it would be unlocked, connected to itunes and its been unlocked.
      my contract expires in august this year! still under contract for a while as well!