Here is some great news if you are either not keen on O2 or just refuse to pay their extortionate iPhone prices – a recent report suggests that Apple is to end its exclusivity deal with O2 this September for the iPhone 3G, meaning you could (legally) have an iPhone on any network.
The report goes on to say that it will only be the older iPhone 3G that is released from O2’s grasp. The most recent model, the iPhone 3G S will still be exclusively O2.
This of course does mean that other network providers will be able to undercut O2’s high pricing strategy and force a reduction in costs for iPhone users – something sources in O2 are apparently furious about.
The networks mentioned in the report as potential iPhone providers are T-Mobile and Orange, however there are also rumours that Vodafone are preparing to take a percentage of the market too, just see the comments here.
The UK is slightly behind much of the rest of the World when it comes to restrictions such as this, for example most of Europe already have multiple carriers for their iPhones, driving the prices down and making owning an iPhone much more accessable.
It is already possible in the UK to own an iPhone 3G which is open to all UK networks, but you have to unlock your iPhone yourself, probably invalidating the warranty. But if yours was a free iPhone 3G, what have you got to lose?
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