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06-27-2008, 10:10 PM #1
O2 To Unlock iPhones After One Year
"For some customers, though, the most important news may come a year later. Separate O2 staff are suggesting that the wireless carrier's usual policy of offering an unlock code for Pay As You Go phones after 12 months will remain true for iPhone 3G.
While the request for an unlock code costs £15, the gesture would at least theoretically allow iPhone customers in Britain to use their handsets on competing networks such as 3 or Vodafone or to swap SIM cards temporarily for local phone service while on vacation.
It's unknown as to whether or not this policy will hold. For the original iPhone, Apple is known to have taken extra steps in hardware to prevent unlocking , but now is relying primarily on the service signup requirement to guarantee use with official providers.
It would also represent one of the first instances where unlocked iPhones would be sanctioned as a matter of policy rather than law; unlocked iPhone 3G units will be sold in France, for example, but primarily because providers aren't allowed to offer an exclusive device without it also being available as a stand-alone unlocked version."
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06-27-2008, 10:11 PM #2KelvinalFGuest
i hope the do keep their word
06-28-2008, 12:26 AM #3
06-28-2008, 04:50 AM #4
why!?!?!? Why does Apple have to make this so hard on us??????? If they are going to sell a phone, then why not just sell it UNLOCKED??? I mean its not like its possible. Right?
06-28-2008, 06:04 AM #5
06-28-2008, 08:50 AM #6
Apple doesn't make its business decisions based on what the consumer wants Apple to do... because then everything they sold would be free. Quit complaining and think before you speak.iPhone: iPhone 3G (had original OTB 1.1.1)
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06-28-2008, 11:51 AM #7
Apple as a company is doing what most every other company does, not related companies as ie cellphones. But they working every angle to make money as a company and that includes making money from cellphone providers here in the US and every other country. I believe apple will give all the options to cellphone users eventually, but with a price$$ attached ...ie app store, unlocked phones ...the control is for the cheese$$
06-28-2008, 11:53 AM #8
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Looking on the O2 web site, there is an option to purchase the phone on Pre Pay which may reflect in the genuine unlocking of the device.
06-28-2008, 05:09 PM #9
Basically, if apple released the iphone unlocked, no one would ever use verizon (tdma) or sprint/nextel (iden/cdma). All other phone manufacturers would go outta business. Total monopoly of the cell phone market.
Apple wants to make as much money as possible, but they sure as hell dont want big brother hittin em like ma bell & at&t back in the 80's.
By now these things are costing apple about $1.75 to make and $7.50 to ship.
its all profit!
Last edited by tattoojack; 06-28-2008 at 05:13 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
06-29-2008, 12:00 PM #10
06-29-2008, 08:42 PM #11"...think before you speak" (type)IPSW?
06-30-2008, 02:43 AM #12
By the way, the link to the definition of "sell" not only makes you look like an ***, but in the context of your post, also a dumbass.
Last edited by whogregwho; 06-30-2008 at 02:48 AM.
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