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T-Mobile forced to unlock iPhone in Germany

T-Mobile has lost its case against Vodafone in court and has been forced to sell the iPhone as an unlocked phone.

But the German company (opens in new tab) is charging a hefty 999 Euros, 600 Euros more than the cost of the iPhone from T-Mobile.

The extra cost apparently represents the lost revenue that T-Mobile will incur for every unlocked iPhone sold.

In the hindsight, it might be better just to go for the two year contract with T-Mobile which costs only 277 Euros extra, over and above the 999 Euros price of an unlocked iPhone.

It will be interesting to see how much Orange is going to charge its users for an unlocked iPhone in France after it became clear that the company is going to follow French laws and offer both version of the phone.

Some have also questioned whether the iPhone (and to a lesser degree Google Android Platform) is going to change the way hardware manufacturers will deal with the network operators like Vodafone or Orange.

Unlike many of its direct competitors, the iPhone is not compatible with 3G networks and offer only a 2MP digital camera.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.

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