Where will the 3G iPhone be sold unlocked in Europe?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aka.gus, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. aka.gus macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2007
    Ok. I made a few quick searches, and couldn't really find anything that answered my question, so sorry if a similar thread already exists.

    Like many of you out there, I too am planning on getting an iPhone once it's released. But I live in Sweden, don't like the plans that Telia is offering and I quite like my current operator.

    SO, my question is- does anybody know where it'll be possible to buy an iPhone without any plan (i.e. prepaid card, or just the iphone) here in Europe- or anywhere in the world for that matter?? How much would that cost?

    If I'm not mistaken, you could buy the original one without a contract in France and Germany (albeit at horrendous prices). I really wouldn't mind paying a bit more for the iPhone, I just really don't want to switch to Telia, since I could just buy an unlimited data plan, stick with my current operator and (hopefully/probably) have a lower monthly cost than with Telia.

  2. kaworu1986 macrumors member


    Jul 5, 2007
  3. philgilder macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    i doubt it will be sold anywhere unlocked at a reasonable price

    many places may sell it pay-as-you go, but sim locked to that carrier
    they may also charge a lot more for a sim-unlocked version, similar to that in france
  4. svndmvn Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    As mentioned earlier iPhone should be sold unlocked(but it is uncertain yet if operator locked or not) in italy by Vodafone and Tim for 499 and 565 Euros, the prices in the UK seem a lot better, if I'm not mistaking the 16Gb should be, based on some O2 website leak, 369£ and it should offer free unlimited data in the UK for 6 months, and i'm pretty sure it'll be operator locked in this case. Greece is supposed to have an unlocked iPhone as well, without a contract that is, but still no one knows if operator locked or not.
  5. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    That's a contradiction. It can't be sold unlocked, locked. It's either unlocked or it isn't.

    I strongly doubt anyone will be selling the phone unlocked except in places where local laws mandate it.
  6. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    Belgian law prohibits subsidised/locked phones so when it gets introduced they will be unlocked.
    Anyway, they are announced to come on sale but the introduction date is still unknown.
  7. samab macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2006
    That law is going to be stricken down by the european court of justice soon --- the had a appeal hearing last week.
  8. svndmvn Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    well, I guess we'll just have to wait a couple more weeks to know if it will be simlocked or operator locked or just unlocked..
    someone was saying that iPhone 3G would be unlocked in both cases, contract bounded or PAYG,because you'd have to sign a contract before leaving the store anyway..
  9. sabatino1977 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2008

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