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Italian iPhone due within weeks, unlocked?

updated 10:15 am EDT, Mon April 21, 2008

Italian iPhone in weeks?

An Italian iPhone will be released "in weeks," according to one of the country's newspapers. Repubblica claims that a contract was signed last week in Apple's home city of Cupertino, California, after a visit from the CEO of Telecom Italia. The first version of the phone in Italy should be the highly-anticipated 3G model, rather than the current 2.5G edition; more importantly however, Apple is said to be experimenting with a completely new pricing scheme in the country.

Instead of locking iPhones to a single carrier for several years, as in the US or the UK, Apple is expected to allow the sale of phones that are unlocked by default, only priced at a higher level; this would be similar to the arrangement with Orange in France, except that there should be no locked phones as a cheaper alternative. This is also said to be in keeping with the popularity of pre-paid plans in Italy, and a willingness to spend more for the freedom of switching carriers at will.

Italians should be able to use the iPhone on various networks including 3 and Vodafone; Telecom Italia will still benefit the most however, being the primary point of sale, and the only company with official support training.

by MacNN Staff





  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm going to Italy in a few weeks; anyone want to buy an italian iPhone from me? I'll pick up a few to bring home. Of course the dollar-euro conversion is going to cost $$$...

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: climacs

    I and plenty of people sell unlocked iPhones in the states. No need to get one from overseas.

    Also, if this story is true, it won't happen for at least until June or July.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I know that dliup.

    The differences are these will be OFFICIALLY unlocked, not some unsupported unlock.

    They will also be 3G phones which will not yet be available here.

    If nobody wants them, no skin off my nose. But I will be there right when they come out and I'll be happy to pick some up if anyone is interested.

  1. funkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more tha $1'500 ...

    If you want to cash out more than $ 1'500 for an iPhone, this offer is for you. Here in Switzerland you can get an iPhone for $300 with a 2 year contract (not official: digitec).

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969


    unlocked or not?

    "Apple is expected to allow the sale of phones that are unlocked by default, only priced at a higher level" - this I understand.

    "Italians should be able to use the iPhone on various networks including 3 and Vodafone" - and this I don't. Italian networks only? Within Italy only? Oh, so many possibilities...

    And the price. 800 Euro? More?

  1. Roger@MacNN

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Keep in mind that Apple can still regionally lock a phone - i.e., it can be used with any of a particular country's carriers, but you can't sign up to a network in the US or Germany.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    amazing spin...

    Of course the reality must be that legislation in Italy precludes Apple from doing otherwise...It will also be an interesting test to Europe's free passage of goods and services directive that Apple (and others including Amazon) routinely flaunt anyway. The current situation where O2 has lowered the cost of the iPhone in other territories but maintained the legacy pricing within Ireland is a case in point (and you can't tell me that Apple have nothing to do with this as resellers can't f*** without Steve's permission!).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    another day...

    ...another "the iPhone is due in x**" story. Yet they never seem to arrive anywhere.

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