sim-free iPhone 3G is legit


I must confess, when I saw the story earlier this week about selling unlocked iPhones, I was a little skeptical. It seemed rather ‘off the back of a lorry’.

Well, the company has explained where they’ve come from. European regulations insist that a sim-free version of any phone is offered, so they’ve shipped them in from the continent. Play reassures customers that they come with a ‘full manufacturer warranty’ and you’re encouraged to register it at the Apple website.

Play was vague on how well it’s selling so far, offering only the statement that “customer response so far has been very positive and orders are growing nicely”. As previously reported, the 8GB model is £550, and the 16GB will cost £600. Expensive, especially with version 3.0 only a few months away.

(via T3)

French iPhones may or may not be completely unlocked

Towards the end of last week, reports emerged that the French iPhone may not have been as fully unlocked as was first thought.

Just to bring you up to speed on the whole affair, French law prevents a mobile phone being tied exclusively to one carrier. Hence, Orange had to offer to unlock an iPhone from its network if a customer asked.

iPhone Atlas reported that foreign SIM cards could not be used with the device, although it didn’t appear to mention the source of the information.