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Apple begins unlocked iPhone sales in Germany

With the end of Deutsche Telekom’s iPhone exclusivity in Germany, Apple has begun selling the iPhone directly from its Online Store in that country both contract-free and unlocked. This mirrors how Apple has been selling the iPhone in other countries such as Canada where multiple carrier options are available. German customers can now purchase the 8GB iPhone 3GS for €519, and the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4 for €629 and 739€, respectively. Unlike some of the other countries, however, Apple will not be supplying micro-SIM cards for iPhones ordered directly from the Apple Online Store in Germany, instead directing customers to obtain a micro-SIM directly from their cellular provider of choice. Further, Vodafone and O2 have also now begun selling the iPhone directly in Germany alongside Deutsche Telekom, and Apple’s German web site now directs customers to all three of these carriers for contract iPhone purchases or micro-SIM cards.

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This is the intelligent, proper way to sell a GSM phone. It’s how any other phone is sold in any part of the world outside of N. America. Hopefully Apple will do the same here once AT&T’s exclusivity ends.

Posted by Farnsworth in Toronto on October 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM (CDT)



The problem is there is no place to take your unlocked iPhone 4 here in the United States apart from AT&T (well, there might be some teeny regional carriers).

You can get voice service and pokey EDGE data from T-Mobile USA, but the iPhone 4 lacks the proper hardware to connect to their 3G data network (using the non-standard AWS band).

Posted by cv in Toronto on October 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM (CDT)

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