iPhone Case Won By Deutsche Telekom. Blocking OK

By Richard Menta 12/4/07

A German court overturned a recent injunction awarded to Vodafone Group Plc. that looked to stop Deutsche Telekom exclusive arrangement for the Apple's iPhone. In lifting the injunction, the Regional Court of Hamburg ruled Deutsche Telekom T-Mobile division can legally block buyers from using the iPhone on the networks of competitors.

To comply with the injunction issued 2 weeks ago, Deutsche Telekom announced they would offer an unlocked iPhone for a thousand Euro or $1477, well above the original 399-euro price tag. The company said it will scrap that plan under the new ruling. As T-Mobile spokesman Klaus Czerwinski told Bloomberg "From the beginning we were very convinced that this was an offer that's absolutely fine from the legal side, and a really good offer for the customer". Vodafone has 30 days to appeal the ruling and that company's spoksperson said it would issue a statement later today.

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