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Apple and AT&T have each launched their own effort to shovel existing iPhone 3Gs out the door in preparation for the increasingly likely launch of a new iPhone - or iPhone line - early this summer. For its part, Apple is now offering iPhones for sale in its brick-and-mortar Apple Stores without requiring the former two-year …

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Jobs Horns

Unlocking the latest firmware

Actually, sim-unlocking is pretty hard with a new iPhone. If it has the latest firmware pre-installed (2.2.1) it will come with new baseband firmware (02.30.03) which makes sim-unlocking the phone impossible at the moment.

A complete pain for those of us who want to use their shiny new iphone in Cyprus, with a local sim. A limited market I admit.

Worth checking, if you want to unlock it, what firmware is installed. Although possibly asking at the Apple shop if they have any with the older firmware might raise eyebrows.

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They clearly don't want to sell them that much yet

Or they'd be sim unlocked too like the ones play.com are selling.

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What's new?! How is this a story?

iPhone has been available contract-free in Europe for sometime now. It's even available on prepay for a huge fee.

For example in Ireland, O2 offer :

iPhone 3G 8GB for €480 or the 16GB for €569 on prepay, there's no contract but it's locked to O2.

Where as they start at €49 on BillPay ( with an insane 18 month contract, 12 months has been the norm here.)

I still find iPhone customers are ripped off though, for example with O2 Ireland you cannot use various voice add ons which give you bundles of extra minutes to landlines / other O2 lines etc.

It's like you're penalised for owning an iPhone.

I am very sorry I fell for the hype and bought one, I'm stuck with this thing now for another 12 months.

Nice phone, but grossly over-hyped and over priced.

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