Seems like we have Vodafone to thank after all.
Remember when I said Vodafone was being very, very silly in placing an injunction against T-Mobile iPhone sales – I was wrong, very, very wrong… well, pretty much.
As it turns out T-Mobile and seemingly Apple have conceded the fight and agreed to start selling unlocked iPhones without contract immediately. Yes, I did say ‘unlocked’.
This – in theory – should mean that customers will have legally network free handsets available without the fear that ensuing iPhone firmware upgrades will relock them again. T-Mobile did warn that some features may not work as a result of not being tied into its network (I can only presume visual voicemail off the top of my head) but it seems a small price to pay for freedom…
…unlike the price for the unlocked handset itself. Wait for it, take a deep breath, find somewhere comfortable to sit and prepare to weep uncontrollably into your hands: RRP 999 euros (£720).
Yep, that $399 (£190) handset you can buy in the US (like I did) and unlock in minutes for free (like I, um… couldn’t possibly have done) is looking a pretty good deal now. Furthermore, given that French law stipulates networks may not lock down handsets, Gallic winner Orange will also have to sell unlocked iPhones from 29 November.
Does this mean Apple will now give in to the jailbreakme crew as well and leave us, erm, ”them” alone? I wouldn’t count on it, but (s)I’ll(/s) they’ll be keeping their fingers’ crossed…
”’Update 4/12/07:”’ T-Mobile just won its court date with Vodafone so unlocked iPhones are off the market again. Over to France then…