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O2 Contract Users To Unlock Their iPhones For Free

In a move aimed at gunning down rival iPhone carriers, which include the likes of Orange and Vodafone, O2 has announced that it will alloq its users to have their iPhones unlocked for free in order to use it on the network of their choice.

Although some reports are suggesting that O2 will charge a small fee for the process, but the network operator told TechRadar that it would not be the case for contract users.

O2 has been an official carrier of the iPhone in the country since November 2007, and now it will let its pay monthly users who have business or consumer accounts to get their iPhones unlocked for free as it is set to become available on other networks.

However, pay as you go users can only get their iPhones unlocked after 12 months since they have purchased the handset and a one-time charge of £15 will be levied, which will be deducted from their airtime balance.

When asked whether the operator wouldn’t be going ahead with its plans of unlocking the iPhone once Vodafone and Orange kick off with distribution of the handset, O2’s chief executive Matthew Key responded that this wouldn’t be the case at all.

In an interview with The Times, he mentioned: “Once the iPhone becomes available on other UK networks, we will allow O2 customers to unlock their iPhones, although of course they will still need to honour any outstanding contract period they have”.

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.