Deutsche Telekom Wins Back iPhone Locking Rights

German appeals court reverses Nov. injunction
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2007 2:40 PM CST
CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG Rene Obermann presents an iPhone, before reporting third-quarter results in Bonn, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.(AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – T-Mobile regained the right to sell iPhones in Germany that use their network exclusively, in a reversal of an injunction last month that forced them to start selling an unlocked version, the AP reports. T-Mobile’s parent, Deutsche Telekom, will link the phones to a two-year contract in an arrangement similar to AT&T’s stewarding of the iPhone in America.

Unlike AT&T, Deutsche Telekom has said that after the contracts expire, the company will unlock the handsets at no charge, allowing them to be used on any network. Since last month’s injunction, initiated after a lawsuit brought by T-Mobile competitor Vodafone, the firm had been selling an unlocked iPhone for 999 euros, more than twice the 399 euro price tag for the contract-bound version.