Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Nov 2010 22:33 UTC, submitted by Governa
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, this is fascinating. There have been rumours going around for a while now that Apple is working with Gemalto on an integrated sim card, allowing customers to choose their own carrier and then activate the phone through Apple. European mobile phone carriers aren't particularly pleased with this.
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Ford Prefect
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2006-01-16

It is the same in Germany. Sim lock is only used for pre-paid plans, where you can opt out at any time by simply not loading new money onto the phone.

The data plans an iphone ships with are not affected by that.

Edited 2010-11-20 21:07 UTC

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

It is the same in Germany. Sim lock is only used for pre-paid plans, where you can opt out at any time by simply not loading new money onto the phone.

The data plans an iphone ships with are not affected by that.


Even for prepaid's in New Zealand you purchase the phone out right and it isn't SIM locked - of course the $99 phones are the very low end Nokia phones designed for third world markets but if you really want a cheap phone that you fully own it is quite easy. Personally I'd sooner see all phones lose their subsidies and then when you sign up for a contract you get a rebate based on how long the contract is for - for example a 24 month contract might yield a $200 rebate effectively making some phones free.

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