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10-28-2010, 01:06 PM #1
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
10-28-2010, 01:08 PM #2
we have it in canada too
10-28-2010, 01:11 PM #3
10-28-2010, 01:14 PM #4
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!! :-)
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10-28-2010, 01:17 PM #5
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.
10-28-2010, 01:28 PM #6
wtf...its cheaper to get the phone in the UK lol
10-28-2010, 01:43 PM #7
nothing new here, here in Belgium we've had them at the same prices since july.
10-28-2010, 01:44 PM #8
Over 1000 USD for an iphone? blah!--= Fortes fortuna adiuvat =--
10-28-2010, 01:47 PM #9
Most European Countries Apple Stores sell officially unlock iPhones.....but now Germany....woohoo gotta write an article about that!
10-28-2010, 01:50 PM #10
Add New Zealand to the Unlocked / any network list :-)
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10-28-2010, 02:07 PM #14
Dude that sucks
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10-28-2010, 02:09 PM #15
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
10-28-2010, 02:12 PM #16
haha i have bought an official iphone unlocked i can use every carrier i want for 750 euro iphone 4 32 gb in belgium ^^
10-28-2010, 02:24 PM #17
U should get it in asia..32gb for 1050..but hve to pre-order..that is like 500euro
10-28-2010, 02:29 PM #18
10-28-2010, 02:44 PM #19
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!
Last edited by unklbyl; 10-28-2010 at 02:46 PM. Reason: misspelled iphone!unklbyl
10-28-2010, 02:45 PM #20
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.
Last edited by mwr_allen; 10-28-2010 at 05:05 PM.