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Apple lists carriers with authorized iPhone unlocks

updated 10:35 am EST, Mon December 15, 2008

Unlocked iPhone carriers

(Updated with Taiwan information) Apple is now listing which countries and carriers around the world are carrying unlocked versions of the iPhone, the company's website reveals. Recently added to the support page for activating an iPhone 3G is a "Carrier offers authorized unlocking" column, with a simple checkmark for each company. The page also lists whether or not a carrier offers a locked phone, which, while eliminating freedom, may reduce the cost of the hardware and/or monthly fees.

A number of countries -- such as Argentina, Australia, Chile and Poland -- offer the phone unlocked on all carriers, while other countries like Austria and Brazil may only offer unlocked devices on one carrier. Across the world the majority of carriers are still limited to locked phones, likely a necessary condition of Apple and/or carrier demands. Notably, while Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom has insisted that its iPhone would be locked, practical experience shows that the variant is fully unlocked.

by MacNN Staff



  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Taiwan locked??

    MNN, you may want to correct your article. Taiwan is in fact listed as one of the (even fewer) countries that sells the iPhone unlocked. You see, there are two columns: one (of which your article talks about) is whether the carrier will provide unlocking instructions to the customer upon request (indicating in the footnote that for some carriers, there may be additional fee for that). The other column, however, checks carriers that sell the iPhone completely unlocked. Taiwanese carrier Chunghwa Telecom has no check mark in the 'Locked to Carrier' column, so yes, Apple's site acknowledges what you have already reported last week.

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not fully ok..

    Denmark: Telia does allow you to pay (if you ask the right way) to unlock it.
    Denmark: Telia does not yet have Visual Voicemail. Is it coming then??
    Hong Kong: Funny Apple is not listing it's own online store. There, it's sold unlocked directly from Apple Store (to HK adresses)

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