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Apple's iPhone lock-in legal


German court rules

A German court has ruled that Apple's iPhone lock-in exclusively with T-Mobile is legal. Vodafone challenged the deal by Apple and managed to win an injunction preventing lock-in software from being used in Europe.

However, a German court overturned a temporary injunction it granted two weeks ago, which forced T-Mobile to sell iPhones that were not tied to a single network. Apple has similar licensing agreements with O2 in the UK and AT&T in the U.S.

Apple still faces two lawsuits in the U.S. from people alleging that preventing users from unlocking their iPhones is an unreasonable restriction of consumer choice.
Last modified on 06 December 2007
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