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Thread: Vodafone Attacks!
11-20-2007, 12:39 PM #1
Vodafone is legally attacking T-Mobile Germany, saying they must stop selling the iPhone if it is only associated with a 24 month contract when sold.
According to T-Mobile, the "legal basis for the injunction is being examined," but as of yet they are not stopping their sales or changing their policies.
Could be good for all of us!
UPDATE: T-Mobile is now offering the iPhone for sale unlocked in their German stores at a price of 999 Euros, or ~1500 USD.
11-20-2007, 12:50 PM #2
only good for germans, they are not talking about unlocking the phones simfree but merely that in germany the only way to buy the iphone is to buy the contract aswell. whereas in the UK you can buy the iphone on the pretence you'll buy the contract later.
11-20-2007, 12:53 PM #3
11-20-2007, 12:54 PM #4
Serves Apple right, in my opinion. Just when you thought they would get away with their extortion.
11-20-2007, 01:07 PM #5
The Germans said they are trying to set a precedence, so other companies don't follow Apple's lead and start requiring long contracts with the sale of their phones. That kinda daft thinking (Apple's) would shred the market.Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.
11-20-2007, 03:26 PM #6
Here in Belgium there already is a law against selling phones (or any other device) that are associated with a certain provider. So I wonder how Apple is going to get around this. Maybe they won't sell the iphone here at all..
11-20-2007, 03:51 PM #7
MacBook (Core Duo) running Leopard, UK iPhone: SW Unlocked for DNA Finland
11-20-2007, 04:14 PM #8
in germany you have to sign the contract in the store!
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11-20-2007, 04:39 PM #9
11-20-2007, 06:09 PM #10
I heard a disscusion on the radio the other day, where they believed in France Apple were going to have to sell an unlocked version of the iphone, as well as the version tied to Orange. I heard this was down to French law. Apple it was thought would sell a much more expensive version to make it less attractive and to gain back what they would loose in profits made from calls.
Not sure if this is the case but the program was either Radio 4 or Radio 5 Live (UK)"They lie about marijuana. Tell you pot-smoking makes you unmotivated. Lie! When you're high, you can do everything you normally do, just as well. You just realize that it's not worth the f*cking effort. There is a difference."
The late, great Bill Hicks
11-20-2007, 11:40 PM #11
11-21-2007, 05:01 AM #12
How about if you order it online o_0
u need to go to the T-Mobile store, sign the contract
and pay 399 €.it's a raduletzgo
11-21-2007, 05:38 AM #13Telekom is announcing to sell SIMLOCK FREE 999 €
Today the german Telekom / T-Mobile announced to sell the iPhone without SimLock for 999 €.
I think, this is because of the Vodafon action.
I hope the "Free" System will be released in any forum.
11-21-2007, 06:37 AM #14
Edit: Hmm, looks like you can't get iPhone itself direct from Apple. Apple just sells accessories for it.
Last edited by tuomas92; 11-21-2007 at 06:42 AM.MacBook (Core Duo) running Leopard, UK iPhone: SW Unlocked for DNA Finland
11-21-2007, 06:46 AM #15
Allright, even if you can buy it online, you still need to sign the contract.it's a raduletzgo
11-21-2007, 07:23 AM #16
11-21-2007, 07:24 AM #17
You can buy the iPhone for 999 Euros SIMLOCKFREE in the T-Mobile Store
I will go there and buy one and send it to the dev team if i have the money
Help me and donate 1 or 2 $ via paypal to email@example.com
Maybe the hackern can find a way to free our iphones :-)
Last edited by gorgont; 11-21-2007 at 07:54 AM.
11-21-2007, 07:28 AM #18
they also unlock phones that were sold on the 19th till today. the 19th was the day of the restraining order.
So this would mean that they have a special tool from apple that does unlock it as it was reportet that they dont exchange the phones but unlock them richt in the store!
11-21-2007, 09:09 AM #19quoting macrumors
To be in compliance with a court ruling, Deutsche Telekom announced today that they will immediately start selling an unlocked iPhone without contract for 999 euro (US $1,477). The iPhone will still be sold, as before, with 2 year contract for 399 euro ($US $590).
Bloomberg reports that customers who purchased the iPhone in Germany after November 19th may have their iPhone unlocked for free. Existing German iPhone customers can reportedly also receive the unlock for a fee.
Prior to this, the only unlocked iPhones in existence have been "hacked" with 3rd party applications. This introduces legitimate unlocked iPhones into the marketplace that will presumably withstand future iPhone software updates.
11-21-2007, 09:39 AM #20
Let's hope someone finds a way to make iPhones simlock-free without having to worry for any other firmware updates!
I can't imagine to see german customers go back to t-mobile stores everytime they've updated their firmware