T-Mobile to offer iPhone without contract to comply with German court order
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BERLIN: Deutsche Telekom AG's mobile unit said Wednesday it would offer Apple Inc.'s popular iPhone without a contract to comply with a court injunction issued after Vodafone challenged its exclusive lock on the handset.
T-Mobile will start selling the phone for €999 (US$1,477) immediately, as well as continuing to offer it for the discounted €399 (US$590) in combination with a two-year contract, the company said in a statement.
Though more than double the cost without the contract, the offer does fit generally with T-Mobile's pricing schemes. The popular Nokia N95, for example, sells for as little as €199.95 (US$295.63) with a two-year contract, or €619.95 (US$916.60) without one.
The iPhone made its German debut on Nov. 9 — available only with the two-year contract from T-Mobile. The German unit of rival Vodafone protested that practice at a state court in Hamburg.
The court issued an injunction, dated Nov. 12, barring T-Mobile from offering the iPhone exclusively with the minimum 24-month contract, and also from selling it only with a so-called SIM lock that prevents users from switching the device to any other operator's network.
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T-Mobile said any customer can now also have the SIM lock on their phone removed — including those who have already purchased an iPhone.
T-Mobile said in its statement that it would abide by the conditions "until the legal situation is resolved." The company could not immediately be reached for comment.
On Tuesday, T-Mobile said it would appeal the injunction and it also said it reserves the right to consider seeking damages.
A spokeswoman for Vodafone said the company was not convinced that T-Mobile's offer to charge €999 (US$1,477) for an iPhone handset without contract was consumer-friendly.
"What matters is for all these questions to be resolved soon by the state court in Hamburg," Vodafone spokeswoman Marion Stolzenwald said.
The new phone is not operating on Europe's fastest, so-called 3G networks, but is relying on a different technology called EDGE. T-Mobile argued that it is the only carrier to offer EDGE across Germany.
The iPhone is a combined cell phone and iPod media player that also can access the Internet wirelessly.